Jones res­cues Avon Grove

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FOOTBALL FRIDAY - Staff Re­port

The Avon Grove football team picked a per­fect time to end a scor­ing drought in the rain.

Nate Jones scored two fourth-quar­ter touch­downs to cap a rally as the Red Dev­ils up­ended Oc­torara, 23-21, in a non­league, Ches-Mont League crossover game.

The Red Dev­ils (3-3) trailed, 12-0, in the third quar­ter be­fore they got the break they desparately needed.

Oc­torara (1-5) tried a 26yard field, which was blocked. Josh Brock­ton picked up the loose ball, and ram­bled 72 yards to make it 12-7.

They took their first lead of the game early in the fourth, one play af­ter re­cov­er­ing a fum­ble, Jones spun out of a tackle, and sprinted 61 yards for the scored and a 15-12 lead. The TD was the first for the Avon Grove of­fense in 15 quar­ters.

Avon Grove at­tempted to spring a sur­prise on­side kick, that the Braves re­cov­ered. They turned it into an 11-play scor­ing drive. Trent Pawl­ing fin­ished it off on a one-yard plunge, his sec­ond TD of the night, to make it 19-15.

Back came the Red Dev­ils. Jones again pro­vided the big play with a 34-yard score to re­gain the lead with 4:51 left.

Oc­torara had one last chance, but Pawl­ing was stopped on a 4th-and-2. Avon Grove ran the ball out of the end zone to con­cede a safety. On the en­su­ing kick­off, Oc­torara’s at­tempt for a mir­a­cle re­turn failed, and Avon Grove es­caped.

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE

Avon Grove’s Nate Jones helped the Dev­ils hold off Oc­torara.

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