6A – #8 Avon Orioles (6-2, 4-1) at Noblesville Millers (5-3, 3-2) – 7:00 PM

The Avon Orioles close out the regular season tonight with their destiny in their own hands in the race of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference crown. Tied with Fishers with identical 4-1 conference records, the Orioles can claim no worse than a share of the conference title with a win at Noblesville tonight.

Avon learned on Sunday that they will begin sectional play next week at home against one of the two teams that handed the Orioles their only losses of the season in long time rival Brownsburg. But the Orioles are focused on taking care of business tonight against the Millers.

Avon had no problem in dispatching Zionsville last week 38-0.  The Orioles once again won the turnover battle converting a pair of Eagles turnovers in to points and limited Zionsville to less than 150 yards of total offense. Senior running back Derrick Tennant rushed for 165 yards and accounted for 4 of the 5 touchdowns in the blowout. Three on the ground and one receiving. Quarterback Brandon Peters threw for 147 yards and the one scoring pass to Tennant . Junior running back Darian Love scored the fifth Oriole touchdown and had 12 carries for 51 yards.

Noblesville is coming off a 36-35 overtime win against Brownsburg. The Millers spent most of the night holding back a determined Bulldogs offense only to watch Brownsburg tie the game late in the fourth quarter to send it in to overtime. The Bulldogs scored first in the overtime period to lead 35-28. Noblesville answered the Brownsburg touchdown with one of their own when junior quarterback Luke Melloh ran it in from 4 yards out to bring the Millers to within a point. Noblesville went for two and the win and Melloh once again came through scoring on the two-point conversion to give the Millers the 36-35 victory. Melloh finished with 96 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also was 3 of 10 for 41 yards passing. The second half of Noblesville’s quarterback platoon senior Carl Hardy was 8 of 9 for 107 yards and a 43 yard touchdown pass to Joey Herron.

The final game of the season will determine the HCC champion. Fishers wraps up the season tonight at Zionsville. Wins by both teams mean that the Orioles and Tigers will be Hoosier Crossroads Conference co-champions. A win by one coupled with a loss by the other means that there will be an outright champion. Noblesville still has an outside chance an becoming a co-champion. The Millers would have to beat Avon and hope for an Eagles upset of Fishers to make it a three-way tie at the top of the standings.

Join me tonight beginning at 6:45 PM or the Oriole pregame show followed by the kickoff between Avon and Noblesville at 7:00 PM on Audio Sports Online!

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