The Avon Orioles have gained a reputation as one of the better offensive teams in the state of Indiana. Led by a pair of college recruits in quarterback Brandon Peters and wide receiver Andrew Griffin and a slew of other talented offensive players such as Matt Moore, Corey DuPriest, Darian Love, Harrison Weber and all around player Bryant Fitzgerald, the Orioles week in and week out make the weekly highlight shows showing off their offensive prowess. But while head coach Mark Bless’ team provides plenty of sleepness night’s for opposing defensive coordinators, it’s been the Avon defense that has become an even scarier challenge for opponents to have to deal with.
Avon’s defense has allowed only 7 points over the last 10 quarters. Led by senior linebacker Matt Thompson and defensive end A.J. Elcock who share the team lead in tackles with 50 each, the Orioles swarming and aggressive defense has been giving opponents fits. Elcock is among the league leaders in sacks this season with 8 and the Orioles as a team have brought down the opposing quarterback 16 times this season. The Oriole linebacker corps led by Thompson alongside Levi Hawk, Brody Gude and Zach Betustak have also been a force in run defense limiting Whiteland and Fishers, two outstanding running offenses, rushing attack to season lows.
In last weeks game against perennial Hoosier Crossroads Conference power Fishers, the Avon defense limited the Tigers to only 23 yards on the ground and 183 yards of total offense. The defense shut down the Fishers offense while the offense took some time to get rolling before a Fitzgerald 48 yard run late in the third quarter that was followed by a 7 yard TD scamper opened the flood gates for the Oriole offense. The Orioles scored on their very next possession when Peters ran it in from 1 yard out to give Avon an 8 point lead. The Orioles added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the offense clicked in to high gear enroute to a 36-14 victory of the Tigers.
The Orioles return home to Hendricks Regional Health Stadium where they will play two of their final three regular season games beginning tonight when the 7th ranked Orioles host the 8th ranked team in Class 5A Westfield Shamrocks.
Westfield began the season with four straight victories before falling to HCC leader Hamilton Southeastern at Lucas Oil Stadium 34-18. The Shamrocks returned to their brand new home last week looking for a bounce back win against visiting Brownsburg on homecoming night. The Rocks led the Bulldogs 14-7 early in the second quarter but Westfield’s defense could not stop the Bulldogs Hunter Johnson as the Tennessee recruit threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter alone and finished the game with five TD tosses for the game as the Bulldogs left with a 59-30 win. The Westfield defense also had no answer for the Bulldogs Toks Akinribade as the Iowa recruit rushed for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Pepiot threw for 161 yards with no touchdowns and one interception on the night. Pepiot rushed for 72 yards as well. Senior tailback Brandon Karsnick ran for 68 yards but did score 3 touchdowns in the loss.
The Shamrocks are last in the conference in points allowed haven given up 137 points in conference play and 194 points on the season. Meanwhile, the Orioles are the tops in the conference having allowed only 105 points all season.
Avon will look to extend their winning streak to four games tonight while the Shamrocks are hoping to snap a two game losing streak.
Join me for all the action of Avon Oriole football tonight beginning at 6:30 with the pregame show featuring Avon head coach Mark Bless and then the kickoff between the Orioles and the Shamrocks at 7:00 p.m. Tunein via Audio Sports Online or XRBradio.com as the feature game of Game Night in Hendricks County.