VERNON, Nov. 4 – The Avon High football team scored a season-high 26 points Friday night against Rockville and the Falcons piled up more than 400 yard of offense. Quarterback Dylan Burgos ran for a career-high 200 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
But Avon made far too many mistakes. They turned the ball over seven times – four interceptions and three lost fumbles – in a 48-26 loss to Rockville in a CCC Division III East contest.
Rockville’s Mark Henry ran for 159 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Rams (3-5, 2-1 CCC Div. III East). Rockville’s Tyler Allen had three interceptions and returned a fumble 63 yards for a touchdown. Malik Tate had a 29-yard interception return and recovered a fumble.
“There were a lot of positive plays for us,” Avon coach Sal Cintorino said. “But big plays (by Rockville) hurt us.”
“We had a solid running game,” Cintorino said. “But anytime you turn the ball over seven times, it is difficult to win.”
Cintorino praised the offensive line – center Vinny Bonalumi, guards Nick Schuster, Jeremy Zarwanski, tackles George Pavlakis, Henry Schrecenghost and tight end Ryan Ollstead for opening up running lanes for Burgos and Leon Asberry, who rushed for 130 yards on seven carries.
“We just need to build on this,” Cintorino said. “They blocked really well and we had a solid running game. In some ways, it was the best we’ve played this year.”
Avon (0-8, 0-4 CCC DIv. III East) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Asberry and an extra point from David Gondek. Rockville cut the lead to one on a Mark Henry run but missed the extra point. Avon extended its lead to 13-6 on a 17-yard run from Asberry.
The Rams scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 20-13 lead at halftime. A pair of long touchdown runs from Henry (46, 53) gave Rockville a comfortable 33-13 lead.
Avon tried to get back into the game. Burgos scored on a three-yard run and Tommy Donovan scored on a 16-yard run to trim the lead to seven points, 33-26. But the Rams scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.
Avon faces winless Plainville (0-8) on Friday night in Plainville beginning at 7 p.m. With the loss to Rockville, the Falcons tied a school record for most losses (eight) to open the season, tying the record established in 1985. It is the third longest losing streak in school history. The record is 13 losses in a row in 2004-05.
Rockville 48, Avon 26
Avon (0-8) 7 6 13 0 — 26
Rockville (3-5) 6 14 14 14 — 48
A: Leon Asberry 1 run (David Gondek kick)
R: Mark Henry 1 run (kick failed)
A: Asberry 17 run (kick failed)
R: Henry 1 run (run failed)
R: Romeo Sowah 21 pass from Ben Ambro (Henry run)
R: Henry 46 run (run failed)
R: Henry 53 run (Henry run)
A: Dylan Burgos 3 run (Gondek kick)
A: Tommy Donovan 16 run (kick failed)
R: Tyler Allen 63 fumble recovery (Bedoya kick)
R: Allen 22 reception from Ambro (Jermey Bedoya kick)
RUSHING: Rockville – Ben Ambro 2-2, Mark Henry 26-159, Joshua Foster 9-25, K. Greene 3-0; Avon – Leon Asberry 7-130, Dylan Burgos 15-200, others unavailable at this time
PASSING: Rockville – Ben Ambro 7-10-1, 100; Avon – unavailable at this time
RECEIVING: Rockville – Jeremy Bedoya 1-7, K. Greene 1-19, Mark Henry 1-10, Romeo Sowah 3-42, Tyler Allen 1-12; Avon – Dan Quick 4-60, Peter Gerosa 1-25, Leon Asberry 1-15, others unavailable at this time
INTERCEPTIONS – Peter Gerosa (A), Tyler Allen (R) 3-55, Malik Tate (R) 1-29; FUMBLE RECOVERY: Tyler Allen (R) 1-63, Malik Tate (R) 1-0, Sam Bitoushare (R) 1-0