Avon jumps on Nonnewaug early and doesn't let up
AVON - The Avon High football team seems to have rebounded from a stinging opening loss while Nonnewaug wasn't able to build on a big opening win.
Avon jumped out to a quick lead and Jimmy Murphy scored three touchdowns as the Falcons improved to 2-1 on the season with a 42-7 victory over the Cheifs on Saturday afternoon in Avon.
Avon lost its opener to Canton on the final play of the game and bounced back with a shutout of Lewis Mills last week. Nonnewaug had played just one game so far this season, a season-opening victory over Haddam-Killingworth last week.
If Nonnewaug was riding high off its win it sure didn't show it to start the game and by the time the Cheifs woke up it was t of late. Turnovers, missed assignments and a somewhat flat performance ensured that Nonnewaug wasn't going to be able to back up its win from last week.
"Avon is a good team and we stepped up someone competition this week," Nonnewaug coach John Oko said. "We knew they were good but I thought we would come out and be more competitive."
Avon got things started with its defense.
Teddy Allmendinger jumped out to defend the option and forced a fumble that he recovered to give the Falcons a first down at the Chiefs 25-yard-line. Three plays later Jimmy Murphy plowed into the end zone from four-yards out to make it 7-0.
Nonnewaug's next drive didn't end with a turnover but it was almost as bad. The Cheifs lost 17 yards in three plays and had t punt from their own 13. Avon started its next drive in Nonnewaug territory at the 37 and Stephen Griffin capped thendrive with a four-yard TD run to make it 14-0 with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
The Falcons weren't done jumping on the Chiefs and went to the air to strike next. After the Cheifs went three-and-out, the Falcons took over at their own 34 and on first down Noah Hahn threw a perfect strike to Dylan Marquis for a 66-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.
"They didn't do anything we didn't practice for," Oko said. "They just executed better and made more plays than we did."
Mark Violette put Nonnewaug on the board with a two-yard TD run to cut the lead to 21-7. The key play of the drive was an 11-yard scramble by quarterback Christian Metallo on fourth-and-six at the Avon 15.
It seemed like that score would settle the Chiefs down and give them some life but it wasn't to be. A squib kick fielded by one of the up men have Avon the ball at its own 40 and on the very next play Murphy broke free up the middle and went 60-yards for a TD to extend the lead to 28-7.
It could have been worse after a fumbled snap by Nonnewaug gave Avon the ball at the 11 going in but the Chiefs defense forced a fumble and kept the score at 28-7 at the half.
The Falcons didn't let up after the break as Hahn hit Marquis for another score, this one from 37-yards out and Murphy capped the scoring with a 13-yard run with 52 seconds left in the third quarter.
Avon will find things a bit tougher over the next two weeks as it travels to play Valley Regional on Friday before hosting North Branford on Oct. 12. Nonnewaug is at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby on Friday before a home date with SMSA/University.
"I know this group will come to pracrice and work hard to get ready for Windsor Locks," Oko said. "Today was disappointing because we wanted to build off the win last week but Avon is just a better team than us and we have to learn from it and move on."