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2006 Avon High football schedule
Saturday, Sept. 16: Hyde 28, Avon 12
Thursday, Sept. 21: North Branford 40, Avon 27
Saturday, Sept. 30: Coventry/Windham Tech 19, Avon 8
Saturday, Oct. 7:    Avon 31, Housatonic/Wamogo 19
Saturday, Oct. 14:  Windsor Locks/Suffield 35, Avon 14
Friday, Oct. 20:      Avon 21, Stafford/East Windsor 14, OT
Friday, Oct. 27:      Tolland 45, Avon 16
Saturday, Nov. 4:    Avon 19, Ellington/Somers 12
Saturday, Nov. 11:  Avon 30, Gilbert/Northwestern Reg. 0
Saturday, Nov. 18:  Avon 48, Vinal Tech/Coginchaug 28

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Three players name All-Pequot
AVON, Dec. 1 – Senior guard Zack Donino, junior punter Jared Marshall and sophomore defensive back Mike D’Onofio were voted to the All-Pequot Conference team in voting by the league coaches.

Donino anchored the offensive line that enabled junior John Rowley to gain 1,000 yards for the second straight year. Donino was third on the team in tackles with 69. He also had a team-high two sacks for 21 yards.

Marshall averaged 34.3 yard per punt this season and had four within the 20. He also had 10 solo and 30 overall tackles on defense for the Falcons.

D’Onofrio played on both sides of the ball for Avon, playing at running back and in the secondary, where he intercepted two passes, made 52 tackles and recovered a fumble. On the offensive side of the ball, the sophomore scored 7 TDs, rushed for 511 yards and caught seven passes, including a TD.

Donino, Marshall, D’Onofio were also named to the All-Uncas Division team along with junior wide receiver Andy Roell and junior running back John Rowley. Roell led the team in receptions (30), yards receiving (462) and receiving TDs (5). Rowley ran for a team-high 1,133 yards and 12 TDs.

Ansonia, Greenwich capture state titles
NEW HAVEN, Dec. 2 -- Ansonia (13-0) pulled away from Bloomfield in the second half to win the Class S championship while Greenwich (12-1) won its first Class LL title since 1999 with a victory over Southington.
n Click here for coverage of two of the marquee championship games.

CIAC fines St. Paul, places football team on probation
CHESHIRE, Dec. 1 –St. Paul High was fined $3,000, had its football program played on probation for two years (2007-08) and had to forfeit a victory (Bullard Havens) for illegally recruiting three players from New Britain, the CIAC ruled.
New Britain Herald, Dec. 1: CIAC finds St. Paul guilty in recruiting investigation
New London Day, Dec. 1: Decision to make St. Paul forfeit cost Northwest Catholic a CIAC playoff berth

Four Pequot teams lose in CIAC semifinals
CHESHIRE, Nov. 26 – Four Pequot Conference teams in the CIAC football playoff semifinals each lost big. Ansonia dominated North Branford and Bloomfield outran Cromwell in Class S. In Class MM, Coventry/Windham Tech was whipped by New Canaan. In Class SS, Holy Cross dominated Tolland.
Final league standings

Falcons run to fifth victory in season finale
AVON, Nov. 18 – In the largest offensive exhibition in 12 years, the Falcons (5-5, 4-3 Pequot Uncas) scored seven touchdowns in a 48-28 victory over Vinal Tech/Coginchaug in the final game of the season on Senior Day. Junior John Rowley (20-179) scored 3 TDs and broke 1,000 yards rushing for the second year in a row. Sophomore Michael D’Onofrio rushed for 3 TDs and a career-high 152 yards on 13 carries.

Avon finished at .500 for the first time since 1997 and scored the most points since a 55-26 win over East Catholic in 1994. David Wyrick’s six extra points tied two other players for the second most in a game. The school record is nine PAT, set in 1977.

Avon scored on four of its first five possessions to take a 28-0 lead at halftime. D’Onofrio scored from 23 yards away to cap off Avon’s initial drive of 68 yards on 10 plays. In the second quarter, D’Onofrio threw a nice block to spring Rowley, who sped around the right side for a 42-yard run and a 14-0 lead.

D’Onofrio had a key 31-yard run on Avon’s next drive of 77 yards that ended with Terence Olsen scoring from the 9. On Vinal Tech/Coginchaug’s next possession, D’Onofrio stripped receiver Brendan Doneker after a 15-yard reception and D.L. MacDonald recovered. A 41-yard reception by receiver Andy Roell from QB Wyrick put the ball on the Hawk 24-yard line. D’Onofrio scored from the six with 49 seconds left in the half.

Rowley, whose 167 yards was a season-high, finished with 1,133 yards rushing. Roell finished the year with a team-leading 30 receptions for 462 yards. Avon finished the year with a three-game winning streak and wins in four of its last five games.

Avon controls Gilbert in shutout victory
AVON, Nov. 11 – The Falcons were in control from the start in a 30-0 shutout victory over Gilbert/Northwestern Regional. Sophomore QB David Wyrick threw a career-high 3 TD passes, including two to leading receiver Andy Roell. Junior John Rowley scored two TDs and ran for 83 yards on 16 carries. He is now 44 yards shy of rushing for 1,000 yards for the second year in a row.

The Falcons (4-5, 4-3 Pequot Uncas) sacked Gilbert QB Dan Lippincott four times, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. They also got their second safety of the year. They also shutout a league opponent for the first time since 2001 when they blanked Enfield (Nutmeg League). Avon blanked Wright Tech-Stamford, 28-0, in 2004.

A 50-yard punt from Avon’s Jarod Marshall pinned Gilbert on its 3-yard line in the first quarter and the Yellowjackets (1-7, 0-6 Pequot Uncas) went backwards. Zach Donino tackled Gilbert’s Chris Smith for a 2-yard loss and then Bill Woodard tackled Smith in the end zone for the safety.

On the kickoff, Conor Mack’s 42-yard return set up Avon on the Gilbert 18. Rowley capped the drive with a 2-yard TD run and it was 9-0 after David Wyrick’s extra point (4-4). On the first play of the second quarter, Mack recovered a Gilbert fumble on the Avon 40. Wyrick found a leaping Roell in the end zone on a 31-yard TD strike and a 16-0 lead.

On Avon’s next drive, they drove 60 yards on six plays with Rowley breaking two tackles on a 28-yard TD pass reception from Wyrick and a 23-0 lead.

Gilbert was flagged twice in the second quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct (15 yards) for foul language after the play was over. It was the first game between the two schools since 1998. Avon played Gilbert yearly from 1960 to 1981 when both were members of the Northwest Conference. ... The last player to throw 3 TDs in a game was Tony Casorio against Farmington in 2003.

200 wins for Avon
Not only was the victory over Stafford the first overtime victory in school history but it was the 200th victory in the history of the program that began in 1960. The win over Ellington last weekend was win No. 201. With two games left in the season, the Falcons are 201-227-3. The first victory was on Oct. 1, 1960 with a 14-6 win over Bethel in Avon’s first-ever varsity game.

Long-time rivals meet
WINSTED, Nov. 11 -- Hoping to snap a five-game losing streak, Gilbert hopes to get its stagnant offense moving again in a game against former long-time rival Avon on Saturday. The two teams used to meet yearly in the 1960s and 1970s as members of the Northwest Conference.
The Register Citizen, Nov. 11: Gilbert hopes to get back on winning track against Avon

Fourth quarter surge carries Avon to win
ELLINGTON, Nov. 4 – The Falcons blocked two kicks and scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat Ellington/Somers, 19-12 on Saturday. Tied at 6-6 in the fourth quarter, Andy Roell scored his team-leading third TD reception of the year, a 33-yard pass from QB David Wyrick. After Wyrick’s extra point, the Falcons led 13-6.

Avon led 6-0 before the Purple Knights tied the game with less than 10 minutes left. It remained tied after Avon’s Bill Woodard blocked the extra point attempt. Ellington forced Avon to punt on its next possession but the Falcon defense also responded. Preston Anderson sacked Ellington QB Peter Vanvills for a nine-yard loss with under 8 minutes left.

Avon (3-5, 3-3 Pequot Uncas) responded with a 10-play, 63-yard drive. With three first downs, the Falcons chewed up the clock but the drive seemingly stalled with a third-and-13 from the Ellington 34-yard line. But Avon’s Andy Roell scored his team-leading third TD reception on a 34 yard TD pass from David Wyrick with 2:11 left. Wyrick’s extra point made it 13-6.

Ellington scored on its first play after the kickoff on a 65-yard TD pass to trim the lead to one, 13-12. But on the extra point attempt, Wyrick came around the outside, laid himself out and blocked the extra point with 1:53 to go.

Jarod Marshall recovered Ellington’s onside kick on the Knight’s 41-yard line. On its second play, John Rowley ran 46 yards on the Ellington 9-yard line. Behind a gaping hole created by linemen Zack Donino and Matt Carrenti, Conor Mack iced the game with a 9-yard TD run with 1:23 to go. Mike D’Onofrio intercepted his second pass of the game to enable Avon to run out the clock.

The game was the final road game of the year. The Falcons complete the season with a pair of home games on Nov. 11 and 18.

Ground game carries Eagles past Avon
TOLLAND, Oct. 27 – Big plays carried Tolland (5-2, 4-0 Pequot Uncas) to a Friday night win over Avon, 45-16. Tolland’s Mike Gallic rushed for 261 yards on 16 carries including a 93-yard TD scamper while teammate Jon Sazo scored 3 TDs, two on runs and a third on a 84-yard kickoff return. Gallic now has 1,522 yards rushing in seven games for the Eagles.

For Avon (2-5, 2-3), John Rowley scored 2 TDs and rushed for 139 yards on 21 carries. QB David Wyrick’s 18-yard field goal was the first of the year for the Falcons. Wyrick is 6-for-7 kicking PAT the last three weeks.

Avon captures first OT victory
STAFFORD, Oct. 20 – Andy Roell grabbed a 10-yard pass from John Rowley on the first play of overtime to lift the Falcons to a 21-14 victory Friday night over Stafford/East Windsor under the lights at Stafford High.

Stafford had its chance in OT starting at the 10-yard line. Avon’s Ryan Gallagher tackled the ballcarrier for a one-yard loss on first down and a pass was incomplete on second down. On third down, Avon’s Matt Gouveia intercepted the ball to win the game. It was his first interception of the season and just the second on the year for AHS.

It was the first OT game in school history. Avon won the toss in OT and chose to get the ball first. In regulation, Mike D’Onofrio and Conor Mack scored on TD runs while David Wyrick was 3-for-3 in extra points.

Wyrick is 5-for-5 kicking extra points the last two weeks. Before that, Avon had converted just two extra points in four games. Punter Jarod Marshall had an outstanding 44.4 average in the game, hitting 5 punts for 222 yards.

Raiders a tough hill to overcome
WINDSOR LOCKS, Oct. 14 – Robert Hill rushed for 297 yards and four touchdowns as the Raiders built a 14-point halftime lead and rolled to a 35-14 victory over Avon. Hill rambled for touchdown runs of 67, 48 and 78 yards. His brother, Jerome, scored the other Raider touchdown on a 79-yard run.

Stars come out as Falcons
win first game
AVON, Oct. 7 – Under the lights, the Falcons scored the first three times they touched the ball to earn its first victory of the season with a 31-19 win over Housatonic/Wamogo in front a few hundred feisty fans on a chilly Homecoming evening. John Rowley (21-150) and Conor Mack (6-70) each ran for a pair of touchdowns.

After stopping the Mountaineers near midfield on its first series, Avon faced third and 11 from its own 47 but QB David Wyrick lofted a 36-yard pass to Andy Roell (3-82), who outleaped two defenders for the ball. Two plays later, Rowley broke some tackles inside to score on a 9-yard run. The Falcons made it 13-0 on a 21-yard TD run from Mack.

Housatonic (0-4, 0-1 Pequot Uncas) cut the lead to seven when Jameson Martin escaped to the outside for a 49-yard TD run. But Avon responded with a 69-yard, seven play drive that was capped off by a 4-yard TD run from Rowley, who had a key 33-yard run on the drive. Terence Olsen added a key 27 yard run on a reverse.

After Housatonic cut the lead to six, 19-13, the Falcons drove to the Housatonic 15 but the drive stalled and the half ended.

To open the second half, Avon controlled the ball on a 13-play, 70-yard march that ate up over six minutes. On 4th and 10 from the Housatonic 18, TE Michael D’Onofrio outjumped two defenders to pull down a crucial 15-yard reception to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, he pulled in a 8-yard TD pass from Wyrick to extend Avon’s lead to 25-13.

And when Housatonic responded with a 13-play drive of its own, the Falcon defense stopped the Housatonic drive on the Avon 8-yard line. Matt Peters had 18 tackles against the Mountaineers.

NOTES: It was the first win over Housatonic since 1997 when Avon spent two years in the Pequot Conference (1996-97). … Avon leads the all-time series, 10-3. ... It is the most points Avon has scored in a single game in nearly eight years since beating NW Catholic in November, 1998, 42-18. ... Avon had 10 penalties for 85 yards.

Big plays aren't enough in loss to Pats
AVON, Sept. 30 – The Falcons converted on some big plays in Saturday afternoon’s Pequot Conference contest against defending Uncas Division champion Coventry/Windham Tech. But it wasn’t enough in a hard-fought 19-8 loss to the Patriots, who stopped Avon on the 1-yard line with 8:50 left in the game.

Trailing by six (12-6), Avon marched 65 yards by converting on three big plays. QB David Wyrick had a 12-yard run on third and 9 from the Avon 34. On 4th and 5 from the Coventry 45, the Falcons kept the drive alive with a 10-yard run from Michael D’Onofrio. And on 4th and 16 at the Patriot 29, Wyrick hit Andy Roell for a 19-yard completion. But on fourth-and goal from the 1, the Patriots held firm, keeping John Rowley from the end zone with 8:50 left.

Coventry gained just four yards on its next possession and intentionally let Avon's Andrew Solari push QB Ryan Tomlinson out of the end zone for a safety, cutting the lead to four, 12-8. Avon got the ball back and converted again when sophomore Terence Olsen gained 10 yards on a 3rd and 9 from the Patriot 44. But the drive stalled when Rowley was tackled in the backfield for a six-yard loss on third down and a fourth down pass from Wyrick was incomplete with 3:23 to go.

Avon took a 6-0 lead scoring on its opening drive. On 3rd and 13 from the Avon 49, Wyrick hit Roell for a 39-yard completion. On 4th and goal from the Avon 17, Wyrick found Roell in the end zone for the score.

Coventry keyed on stopping Rowley, allowing him just 11 yards on 17 carries. The Patriots made a key play on 4th and 3 from the Avon 44 on its opening drive of the third period. On a fake punt, Tomlinson completed his only pass of the game to keep the drive alive and the Patriots scored two plays later to take a 12-6 lead.
NOTE: As part of Homecoming week celebrations, next week's game against Housatonic/Wamogo has been shifted to a 7 p.m. start at Avon. ... Against Coventry, Matt Peters led the way with 11 tackles while Zack Donino and Derek Erman each had 9. Ryan Gallagher and D.L. McDonald each had 8 tackles.

T-Birds swoop past Falcons
NORTH BRANFORD, Sept. 21 – The Falcons took a 12-0 lead with a pair of first quarter touchdowns but the Thunderbirds responded with 33 unanswered points to beat Avon on Thursday night under the lights. The game was played a day earlier to allow athletes to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

North Branford’s Greg Ricci (6-123) and Matt Rossi (11-112) each rushed for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. Rossi also completed 9-of-15 passes for 103 yards. North Branford (2-0) used its team speed and athletic ability to slow down the Falcon offense. Avon (0-2) was led by John Rowley, who scored 2 TDs and ran for over 100 yards (31-144) for the second straight week.

Starting QB David Wyrick sat out the game after getting injured in the season opening game against Hyde.

Wolves snap at Avon in Pequot debut
AVON, Sept. 16 – Avon’s John Rowley rushed for a game-high 120 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries but two-time defending Class S champion Hyde had too much firepower in a 28-12 win over the Falcons in the season opener for both teams. It was Avon’s debut in the Pequot Conference.

Hyde scored 20 points in the final 6:41 of the second quarter, taking advantage of a Falcon turnover to seize control and win its 27th straight game. Trailing 7-0, the Falcons twice drove into Hyde territory only to see their drives stall. Hyde took a 14-0 lead on a 28-yard pass from QB Rob Walker (8-13-1, 129) to Bob Durham. But Avon threw an interception on its next offensive play and Hyde marched 31 yards to a take a 20-0 lead.

Avon was able to move the ball on the Wolves, scoring on a 62-yard drive in the second quarter, highlighted by a 48-yard run down the right sideline by Rowley. Avon scored its second TD on a 76-yard drive in the fourth quarter sparked by a 23-yard reception from Tom Hannifan (3-53). Hannifan scored on a 25-yard TD reception from Michael D’Onofrio, bobbling the ball but pulling it into arms as he fell into the end zone.

Defensively, Zach Hoffman intercepted a Hyde pass in the end zone to stop one Wolves’ drive while Preston Anderson and Tim McDonald each recovered fumbles. Hyde committed 11 penalties for 90 yards, including 6-45 in the first half.

It was just the fifth time in school history that Avon has played a defending state champion and they fall to 0-5 in those games. Avon is now 25-22 on opening day.

Tough challenge awaits Falcons in Pequot contests
AVON, Sept. 6 – The Falcons open its first season in the Pequot Conference since 1997 when they host two-time defending Class S champion Hyde School of New Haven on Saturday, Sept. 16. It’s just the fourth time in school history that the Falcons have played a defending state champion and the first time since they faced Bloomfield in 1999, a year after the Warhawks won the Class S title.

Avon’s debut into the Pequot will be tough. After Hyde (12-0) and its 26-game winning streak, the Falcons face Class SS semifinalist North Branford (9-2), Cromwell (8-2) and Class MM semifinalist Coventry/Windham Tech (7-4) before the schedule settles down.

All-Nutmeg lineman Zack Donino returns along with leading rusher junior back John Rowley (1,060 yards, 5 TD). Senior QB Preston Anderson and Danny Heelan return but the Falcons didn’t throw the ball down the stretch as they won three of its final four games by running the ball. Junior Andy Roell (6-76) and senior Tom Hannifan (5-24) are the top receivers returning.

Avon is 25-21 on opening day and as a program, they are two wins shy of 200. The Falcons, entering their 47th varsity campaign, are 198-222-3 since they first began playing in 1960.

Over 50 players out for spring practice
AVON, June 16 – Fifty-three players were in uniform for spring practice, the largest number in the tenure of head coach Brett Quinion, who will begin his fourth year on the sideline in September. Competition should be strong with 13 starting positions up for grabs this fall and as many as three players competing at each position. Avon’s freshman team went 8-1 last fall. Practice for the season begins August 21. ... Captains for the 2006 team are center Derek Erman, guard/nose tackle Zack Donino and LB Ryan Gallagher.

No game with rival Farmington this year
With Avon joining the Pequot Conference in 2006, the long-time rivalry with Farmington will end for now. The Pequot isn’t allowing Avon to play an out-of-league contest so for only the third time since 1960, the Falcons and Indians won’t play. The two teams didn’t play in 1996 and 1997 during Avon’s first tenure in the Pequot Conference. Avon leads the series over Farmington, 23-21 and has won three of the last four games between the two schools.
2006 Pequot Conference
Uncas Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
x-Coventry /WT         6-1         7-4
x-Tolland          6-1         7-4
x-Wind. Locks/Suff   6-1         7-3
Avon                           4-3         5-5
Stafford/EWins         2-5         3-7
Housatonic/Wam    2-5         2-8
Ellington/Somers    1-6         3-7
Gilbert/NWR             1-6         2-8

Sassacus Division
Team           Lg.   Over.
xy-Cromwell             7-0        9-2
North Branford         6-1        9-2
Hyde                 5-2        8-2
Valley Reg./OL          3-4        6-4
H-Killingworth           3-4        6-4
Morgan             2-5        3-7
Old Saybrook/West  1-6        3-7
Vinal Tech/Cogin      1-6        1-9
x-clinched division championship
y-won league championship
Co-operative teams:
Windsor Locks/Suffield
Coventry/Windham Tech
Stafford/East Windsor
Old Saybrook/Westbrook
Valley Regional/Old Lyme

Individual leaders
RUSHING    Att-Yds  TDs
Rowley     198-1133   12
D'Onofrio  104-511      6
Mack            70-381      4
Olsen          15-73         0
Wyrick           8-58         0
Warner         8-46         0
Livingstone  10-28         0
Hannifan      1-10         0
V. Brandao   1-4           0
Leszcynski   1-3           0
Gallagher     1-2           0

Wyrick       44-92-6     641    6
D'Onofrio    5-12-3     100    2
Rowley        5-6-1        21      1
Dulla            0-3-0         0       0

Roell          30-462     5
Olsen           8-99        1
Rowley         8-87       1
D’Onofrio     7-62       1
Hannifan      4-61       1
Mack             1-12       0
Wyreck          1-10      0

                TDs PAT 2pt  Pts
Rowley   12-1    0    1      80
D'Onofrio  6-1   0     0      42
Mack         5-0    0     0     30
Roell         0-5    0    0      30
Wyrick       0-0    17    0    20**
Hannifan  0-1   0     0      6
Olsen        0-1   0     0     6
Solari        0-0    0    0      2*
Woodard  0-0    0    0      2*
Heelan      0-0   1    0      1
Anderson  0-0   1    0      1
**Field goal
FIELD GOALS: Wyrick 1 (18)

PUNTING:  Marshall 32-1100 (34.1 avg.)
Return yardage
KICKOFFS: Olsen 13-253, Gouveia 4-36, Hoffman 3-81, Mack 4-77, Heelan 2-36, Livingstone 2-6, Blawie 1-17, Anderson 2-19, Rowley 1-16, Locke 1-7, Peters 1-8, Pearson 1-0
PUNTS: D'Onofrio 4-54, Heelan 1-7, Hoffman 1-11, Olsen 1-13
Interceptions (7): Hoffman 2, D'Onofrio 2, Gouveai, Mack, Wyrick
Fumble recovery (9): Anderson 3, McDonald 2, D'Onofrio 1, Hoffman 1, Warner 1, Gallagher 1
SACKS (9): Zack Donino 2, Matt Peters 1.5, Reggie May 1, Andrew Solari 1, Bill Woodward 1,  Hoffman 1, D.L. McDonald 1, Preston Anderson 0.5
TACKLES: Matt Peters 91 tackles for 128 points; Ryan Gallagher 99 tackles for 117 points; Zack Donino 69 tackles for 93 points; Mike D'Onofrio  52 tackles for 85 points; Zack Hoffman  37  tackles for 75 points; D.L.McDonald  56 tackles for 68 points; Matt Gouveia  44 tackles for 64 points; Bill Woodard  41 tackles ofor 61 points; Conor Mack  29 tackles for 55 points; Jarod Marshall  30 tackles for 50 points
n Matt Peters wins the Defensive Tackling Points Award Trophy

Avon 48, Vinal/Cog 28
At Avon
VT/Cog (1-9)    0   0   16  12  -- 28
Avon (5-5)        7  21  14    6  -- 48
First quarter
A: Mike D’Onofrio 23 run (David Wyrick kick), 7:19
Second quarter
A: John Rowley 42 run (Wyrick kick), 7:26
A: Terence Olsen 9 run (Wyrick kick), 2:34
A: D’Onofrio 6 run (Wyrick kick), 0:44
Third quarter
VT: Jeremy Murphy 15 run (Murphy run), 6:52
A: D’Onofrio 40 run (Wyrick kick), 5:25
VT: Murphy 21 run ( John Flannery pass from Kevin Doherty), 4:30
A: Rowley 54 run (Wyrick kick), 3:33
Fourth quarter
VT: Murphy 3 run (run fails), 11:21
A: Rowley 5 run (kick fails), 8:11
VT: Doherty 3 run (pass fails), 4:48
Individual statistics
RUSHING – Avon: Ryan Gallagher 1-2, Kyle Livingstone 2-10, Patrick Leszcynski 1-3, Victor Brandao 1-4, Mike D’Onofrio 13-152, Conor Mack 5-24, David Wyrick 3-34, John Rowley 18-167, Terence Olsen 2-12; Vinal Tech: Jeremy Murphy 25-211, Doherty 2-minus 2, Emanuel Allen 1-9, Sebby Marino 3-19, John Flannery 1-8
PASSING: Avon: Wyrick 6-10-0, 91; Vinal Tech: Doherty 11-28-1, 198
RECEIVING: Avon: Andy Roell 3-57, Rowley 2-26, Tom Hannifan 1-8; Vinal Tech: Jeff Tiedmann 2-29, Murphy 1-2, Art Miller 2-30, Brendan Doneker 1-15, Nick Rini 1-28, Emanuel Allen 2-56, John Flannery 2-39
KICKOFF RETURNS: Olsen (A) 2-23 (kickoff), Bobby Pearson (A) 1-0, Conor Mack (A) 1-0; SACKS – Matt Peters (A) and Preston Anderson (A) 0.5 each for 5 yards; FUMBLE RECOVERY: D.L. MacDonald; INTERCEPTIONS: Wyrick  (A) 1-29; PUNTS: Marshall (A) 1-34

Avon 30, Gilbert/NWR 0
At Avon
Gilbert/NWR (1-8)   0     0  0  0  -- 0
Avon (4-5)     9  14  0  7  -- 30
First quarter
A: Safety: Bill Woodard tackles Chris Smith in end zone. 8:44
A: John Rowley 3 run (David Wyrick kick), 7:28
Second quarter
A: Andy Roell 31 pass from Wyrick (Wyrick kick), 9:31
A: Rowley 28 pass from Wyrick (Wyrick kick), 3:12
Fourth quarter
A: Roell 18 pass from Wyrick (Wyrick kick), 4:00
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – Kyle Livingstone 4-12, Scott Warner 3-18, Mike D’Onofrio 11-37, John Rowley 16-83, Conor Mack 8-24; Gilbert – Dan Lippincott 11-minus 15, Tim Twilliger 2-8, Matt Ryan 9-37, Chris Smith 10-24
PASSING: Avon – David Wyrick 5-9-2, 88; Gilbert – Dan Lippincott 6-19-1, 74
RECEIVING: Avon – Andy Roell 4-60, Rowley 1-28; Gilbert – Smith 1-4, Dave Green 1-10, Aljeny Silven 1-6, Josh Stone 1-35, Ryan 2-19
PUNTS: Jarod Marshall (A) 2-92
RETURNS: Mack (A) 2-52 (kickoffs), D’Onofrio (A) 2-29 (punts)
Fumble recovery: D’Onofrio (A)
Interceptions: Mack (A) 1-10, Lippincott (G) 1-0, Ryan (G) 1-10
SACKS: Reggie May (A) 1-6, Andrew Solari (A) 1-12, Bill Woodard (A) 1-9, Matt Peters (A) 1-3

Avon 19, Ellington/Som 12
At Ellington
Avon (3-5) 6  0  0  13 -- 19
Ellington (3-5)     0  0  0  12 – 12
First quarter
A: Mike D’Onofrio 1 run (pass failed)
Fourth quarter
E: Deadrick Baker 7 run (kick blocked)
A: Andy Roell 33 pass from David Wyrick (Wyrick kick)
E: Mike Riemer 65 pass from Peter Vamvillis (kick blocked)
A: Conor Mack 9 run (kick failed)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: John Rowley 22-145, Mike D’Onofrio 16-65, Conor Mack 11-85, Scott Warner 3-19, Terence Olsen 1-minus 1
PASSING: David Wyrick 6-11-0, 117; D’Onofrio 0-1
RECEIVING: Andy Roell 4-87, Olsen 1-13, Rowley 1-17
Punting: Jarod Marshall 4-105
RETURNS: Conor Mack 1-23 (kickoff), Rowley 1-16 (kickoff); Olsen 1-13 (punt), D’Onofrio 2-25 (punt)
Blocked kicks: Bill Woodard, Wyrick; Interceptions: D’Onofrio 2

Tolland 45, Avon 16
At Tolland
Avon (2-5)3     6   0   7 – 16
Tolland (5-2)      8  24  13  0  -- 45
First quarter
A: David Wyrick 18 FG
T: Jon Sazo 3 run (Mike Gallic run)
Second quarter
T: Ryan Osgood 29 pass from Matt Gavin (Gallic run)
T: Gallic 93 run (Osgood run)
A: John Rowley 6 run (kick failed)
T: Sazo 15 run (Cody Backus run)
Third quarter
T: Sazo 84 kickoff return (run failed)
T: Sazo 8 run (Doug Nixon kick)
Fourth quarter
A: Rowley 5 run (Wyrick kick)
Avon statistics
RUSHING: John Rowley 21-139, Conor Mack 8-34, Kyle Livingstone 4-5, Scott Warner 2-9, Dave Wyrick 2-8, Terrence Olsen 2-7
PASSING: Wyrick 5-11-2, 42
RECEIVING: Andy Roell 2-9, Olsen 3-33
PUNTING: Jarod Marshall 2-75
RETURNS: Matt Peters 1-8 (kickoff), Zack Hoffman 2-27 (kickoff), Terrence Olsen 3-87 (kickoff); SACKS -- Donino 1

Avon 21, Stafford 14, OT
At Stafford
Avon (2-4)7   0   0     7  7 – 21
Stafford (1-5)      0   0   0  14  0 – 14
First quarter
A: Mike D’Onofrio 9 run (David Wyrick kick)
Fourth quarter
S: Aaron Avery-Serio 15 pass from Rick Harrison (run fails)
A: Conor Mack 5 run (Wyrick kick)
S: Harrison 1 run (Harrison run)
A: Andy Roell 10 pass from John Rowley (Wyrick kick)
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – John Rowley 17-104, Conor Mack 7-24, Mike D’Onofrio 10-33, Terence Olsen 4-26, David Wyreck 1-minus 6
PASSING: Avon – David Wyrick 3-7-1, 26; Mike D’Onofrio 0-1-1, 0; John Rowley 1-1-0, 10
RECEIVING: Avon – Terence Olsen 2-15, Andy Roell 1-10, John Rowley 1-11
PUNTING: Avon – Jarod Marshall 5-222
RETURNS: Avon – Andy Solari 1-0 (kickoff)
Interceptions: Hofffman, Gouveia; Fumble recovery: Anderson; Sack -- Donino

WL/Suffield 35, Avon 14
At Windsor Locks
Avon (1-4)       0  7  0  7 – 14
Windsor Locks (2-3)  14  7  7  7 – 35
First quarter
WL: Robert Hill 14 run (Patrick Sullivan kick)
WL: Jerome Hill 79 run (Sullivan kick)
Second quarter
A: John Rowley  9 run (David Wyreck kick)
WL: Robert Hill 67 run (Sullivan kick)
Third quarter
WL: Robert Hill 48 run (Sullivan kick)
Fourth quarter
A: Mike D'Onofrio 26 run (Wyreck kick)
WL: Robert Hill 78 run (Sullivan kick)
Avon statistics
RUSHING: John Rowley 16-70, Conor Mack 12-60, Mike D’Onofrio 13-115
PASSING: Dave Wyreck 13-23-2, 94; Mike D’Onofrio 1-1, 10
RECEIVING: Andy Roell 7-49, Mike D’Onofrio 2-32, John Rowley 3-5, Dave Wyreck 1-10, Terrence Olsen 1-8
RETURNS: Terrence Olsen 4-72 (kickoff), Preston Anderson 1-9 (kickoff)
FUMBLE REC: Anderson
PUNTING: Jarod Marshall 5-163

Avon 31, Housatonic 19
At Avon
Housatonic (0-4)  0   13  0  6  -- 19
Avon (1-3) 13  6   6   6 -- 31
First quarter
A: John Rowley 9 run (Preston Anderson kick), 5:40
A: Conor Mack 14 run (kick wide), 1:26
Second quarter
H: Jameson Martin 49 run (kick wide), 11:42
A: Rowley 4 run (kick fails), 9:30
H: Martin 10 pass from Charlie Horowitz (Gian Lodevole kick), 3:26
Third quarter
A: Michael D’Onofrio 5 pass from David Wyrick (pass fails), 4:38
Fourth quarter
A: Mack 41 run (run fails), 3:43
H: Will Kennedy 2 run (pass fails), 0:56
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – John Rowley 21-150, Conor Mack 7-70, Michael D’Onofrio 6-41, Terence Olsen 3-26, David Wyrick 2-10; Housatonic – Will Kennedy 17-64, Steve Hedden 5-11, Jameson Martin 12-75, Charlie Horowitz 3-10, Tom Kennedy 1-3, Clayton Keller 7-24
PASSING: Avon – David Wyrick 5-11-0, 105, Rowley 1-1, 0; Housatonic – Horowitz 1-1, 10; Hedden 5-10-0, 61
RECEIVING: Avon – Andy Roell 3-82, Michael D’Onofrio 3-23; Housatonic – Horowitz 3-28, Jameson Martin 1-10, Will Kennedy 1-minus 2, Tom Kennedy 1-35
RETURNS: Kickoffs – Hedden (H) 1-12, Jon Habacker (H) 4-55, Olsen (A) 1-26;  Punts – Hedden (H) 1-0, Zach Hoffman (A) 1-11
INTERCEPTIONS – none; SACKS – none; FUMBLE RECOVERIES – none; PUNTS -- Marshall (A) 1-33

Coventry/WT 19, Avon 8
At Avon
CoventryWT (1-2)      0  6  6  7 -- 19
Avon (0-3)       6  0  0  2 –  8
First quarter
A: Andy Roell 17 pass from David Wyrick (pass fails), 7:20
Second quarter
C: Travis Pascarelli 5 run (pass fails), 7:23
Third quarter
C: Ryan Tomlinson 7 run (pass fails), 5:32
Fourth quarter
A: Safety, Andrew Solari tackles Tomlinson in end zone, 6:10
C: Tomlinson 50 run (xxx kick), 1:17
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – David Wyrick 1-12, John Rowley 17-11, Michael D’Onofrio 18-59, Terence Olsen 1-10; Coventry/Windham Tech – Ryan Tomlinson 12-117, Travis Pascarelli 11-67, Austin Hall 2-6, Nick Underhill  4-14
PASSING: Avon – Wyrick 4-18-0, 96; Coventry/Windham Tech – Tomlinson 1-4-0, 34
RECEIVING: Avon – Andy Roell 4-96; Coventry/Windham Tech – Nick Underhill 1-34
RETURNS: Kickoffs -- Terence Olsen (A) 1-0, Matt Gouveia (A) 2-20, Kyle Livingstone (A) 2-6
PUNTS: Jarod Marshall (A) 3-117

North Branford 40, Avon 27
At North Branford
Avon (0-2)    12  0  0  15 – 27
No. Branford (2-0)   7 13  13  7 -- 40
First quarter
A: John Rowley 13 run (run fails)
A: Terence Olsen 30 pass from MIke D'Onofrio (run fails)
NB: Ryan Lucey 12 fumble return (Lucey kick)
Second quarter
NB: Greg Ricci 9 run (Lucey kick)
NB: Ricci 15 pass from Zack Bowler (kick fails)
Third quarter
NB: Matt Rossi 4 run (run fails)
NB: Bowler 1 run (Lucey kick)
Fourth quarter
A: Rowley 2 run (Rowley run)
NB: Rossi 12 run (Lucey kick)
A: Conor Mack 6 run (Dan Heelan kick)
Individual results
RUSHING: North Branford – Zack Bowler 9-32, Ryan Lucey 3-12, Vin Palma 5-32, Greg Ricci 6-123, Matt Rossi 11-112, Doural Scott 2-minus 2. NB totals 36-309;  Avon – John Rowley 31-144, Mike D’Onofrio 4-minus 23, Terrence Olsen 2-minus 6, Conor Mack 9-47
PASSING: North Branford – Zack Bowler 1-1-0, 15; Matt Rossi 9-15-0, 103; Avon – Mike D’Onofrio 1-3-1, 30; Rowley 1-2-1, 4
RECEIVING: North Branford – Anthony Cottier 2-61, Ernie Holcomb 1-8, Greg Ricci 1-15, Matt Riccitelli 2-13, Matt Rossi 1-1; Avon -- T. Olsen 1-30, Andy Roell 1-4
PUNTING: Avon – Jarod Marshall 5-144
RETURNS: Avon – Punts: Dan Heelan 1-7; Kickoffs: Preston Anderson 1-10, Dan Heelan 1-13, Zach Hoffman 1-54, Zak Blawie 2-17, Matt Gouveia 2-16
Sacks  – D.L. McDonald 1; Fumble Recovery – Zack Hoffman 1, Scott Warner 1

Hyde School 28, Avon 12
At Avon
Hyde (1-0)7  21  0  0  -- 28
Avon (0-1)0   6  0  6  -- 12
First quarter
H: Rob Walker 45 run (Rodney Williams kick), 10:49
Second quarter
H: Bob Durham 28 pass from Walker (Williams kick), 6:46
H: Zane Marks 3 run (kick failed), 4:27
A: John Rowley 2 run (run fails), 2:14
H: Marks 31 pass from Walker (Walker run), 0:09
Fourth quarter
A: Tom Hannifan 25 pass from Michael D’Onofrio (pass fails), 1:18
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Avon – Michael D’Onofrio 13-32, Conor Mack 4-13, John Rowley 19-120, Tom Hannifan 1-10; Hyde – Rodney Williams 8-32, Rob Walker 12-118, Zane Marks 9-77, Jordan Williams 4-28, Donovan Roberts 1-3
PASSING: Avon – Peter Dulla 0-3, Michael D’Onofrio 3-6-1, 60, John Rowley 2-2, 7, David Wyrick 2-3-1, 13; Hyde – Rob Walker 8-13-1, 129
RECEIVING: Avon -- Tom Hannifan 3-53, Andy Roell 1-8, D’Onofrio 2-7, Conor Mack 1-12, Hyde – Jordan Gillian 4-60, Bob Durham 2-38, Zane Marks 1-31
Kickoff returns: Terence Olsen (A) 2-45, Dan Heelan 1-23, Zak Locke 1-7
Fumble recoveries: Preston Anderson (A), Tim McDonald (A)
Interceptions: Zach Hoffman (A) 1-0, Zane Marks (Hyde) 1-19
Punting: Jarod Marshall (A) 5-115
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n Left, John Rowley (2) and Michael D'Onofrio (5) each scored 3 TDs as Avon ended the season with a 48-28 win over Vinal Tech/Coginchaug. Rowley rushed for 1,000 yards for the second year in a row.