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Avon rallies for thrilling win over Cromwell

AVON, Oct. 10, 2009 – They’ve been playing football for 50 years in Avon and there probably haven’t been many games like this.

Austin Kick (87), who was 4-for-4 in kicking extra points, celebrates with his teammates after Ross McDonald scored the winning TD with no time remaining.

Facing defending Class S champion Cromwell, the Falcons scored two touchdowns in the final 1:15 including the game-winning score, a 57-yard run from Ross McDonald with no time left in regulation to earn a thrilling 37-31 victory.

The Falcons (4-0) never led until the final gun. But they tied the game four times, including on a 64-yard touchdown pass to Vince Savarese from QB Andrew Livingstone with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
McDonald finished with 208 yards and 3 TDs on 26 carries. He also threw a 56-yard TD pass to Tyler D’Onofrio in the third quarter. “Cromwell didn’t make errors. We made plays,” Avon coach Brett Quinion said. “The kids decided this game.”

Avon Football Online, Oct. 10: Avon rallies to beat Cromwell in thriller, 37-31

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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