As all of the fall sports came to an end, Avonworth looked to make a big push in the 2018 WPIAL playoffs but unfortunately came up three points short against Freedom in the first round; however, this doesn’t diminish a strong regular season record of 7-4.
Led by a high powered passing offense with Derek Johncour and Turner Grau leading the way, junior Jax MIller also has had quite a nice year running the ball. Of the team’s 7 wins, two broke the 40 point barrier, four reached over 30, and the lowest winning output was still 28 points. The team saw many new players this year such as Josh Hill who said his favorite part of playing football at Avonworth was “meeting new people and forming new relationships.”
Their defense this year has been good at defending the pass due to a great set of defensive backs like Ethan Syam, Drew Harper, Jacob Horigan and Andrew Tedesco. They are also doing well this year stopping the run due to great linebacker play from Nick Weiser and Park Penrod. In the middle of the season, the defense held opposing offenses from New Brighton, Apollo-Ridge and Summit Academy to a combined 21 points through 3 games.
In the past, the Antelopes have struggled when it came to the linemen, but this year they have a great group to get them over the hump led by Patrick Gannon, Josh Elm, Ryan Felter, Steven Ezar and Ryan Paszkiewicz.
The Lopes did lose their first WPIAL game against Freedom on November 2nd, which would be the last game of the season, but altogether, they had a great season. Go Lopes!
Reporting by: Ella Galbraith, Anna Libbon, Caroline Sanfilippo
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