Avon Football looks to build on 1-1 start.
AVON- After splitting their first two games this season, the Avon Falcons football team is looking to find consistency, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
When the Falcons take the field on Friday night to face Stafford/East Windsor (0-2), their coach is looking for them to cut down on mistakes, that have been bubbling below the surface.
“We had too many negative plays (9) against Ellington (a 43-12 win),” head coach Brett Quinion said, “We have five new starters on our offensive line and they are working on correcting breakdowns.”
Off a big win like the one they posted versus the Purple Knights, one would think the team was clicking at a high level but sometimes, statistics can be deceiving.
Take the 161-yard rushing effort from All-American running back, Ross McDonald.
“Two of his runs went for 34 and 60 yards,” Quinion said, “We need to find those plays that go for 4 to 6 yards consistently, to become a good football team.”
If the offensive line starts to play better as a unit, who knows how many yards McDonald might run for this season.
In two games, the senior leader has amassed 262 yards on 36 carries, good for five touchdowns already.
His 2009 total of 1974 rushing yards and 35 scores, could be in jeopardy with a more consistent offense.
First year quarterback, Colin Pavano, has gained some valuable on the job training so far this season.
He has thrown for 173 yards in the first two games, including two touchdowns to Tyler D’Onofrio.
“Colin has been doing a good job for us so far,” Quinion said, “He has been making good decisions and should be even better by the end of the season.”
D’Onofrio has gotten off to a scorching hot start, he has four touchdowns in two games and has gained 223 yard with his 11 catches.
“Tyler is a tough match-up for teams,” Quinion said, “His height and ability to use his body in gaining position, coupled with his speed and strength, have made him our best offensive weapon so far this season.”
The Falcons defense, an unknown entity as the season began, has been a positive so far this year.
“Defensively, we are a fairly impressive unit so far,” Quinion said, “We bend but rarely break.”
The Falcons have gotten strong play at strong safety from Ryan Jordan and at free safety from D’Onofrio.
Linebacker Sean Smith had a solid game against Ellington and the defensive line, led by Tyler Arnott and George Kostal has been stout.
“We are a technique driven group that plays bigger than our size,” Quinion said, “I expect the defense to lead us all season.”
Stafford/East Windsor comes in of loses to Morgan (35-21) and Enfield (47-0).