Avon’s QB wins Matt Wil­helm award

Ju­nior ranked in top five in all ma­jor cat­e­gories for area QBs

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jon Behm jbehm@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_JBehm on Twit­ter

The Avon Ea­gles have a long his­tory of set­ting the stan­dard when it comes to top-notch play­ers. This year is no dif­fer­ent. On Nov. 14, ju­nior quar­ter­back Ryan Maloy was named the re­cip­i­ent of the Matt Wil­helm Award dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Hoo­ley House in West­lake.

“It means a lot,” Maloy said of the award. “I’ve been work­ing hard this sea­son and I couldn’t have done it with­out my team­mates push­ing me hard. And the sup­port of my fam­ily and coaches the en­tire way has meant the most.”

Maloy edged four other strong fi­nal­ists to claim the sec­ond Wil­helm Award: Fire­lands slot re­ceiver/safety Nick Den­ney, Bay run­ning back/ line­backer Trey Psota, Amherst run­ning back Khennedy Scagliozzo and Lorain quar­ter­back Justin Sturgill.

A backup last year who re­ceived some starts due to in­juries to Matt Kelly, Maloy made the Avon of­fense his own and ex­celled with both his arm and his legs. For the sea­son, Maloy is 175-for-236 for 2,308 yards, 20 touch­downs and five in­ter­cep­tions, adding 11 touch­downs and 612 yards on 90 car­ries.

“I give all the credit to my of­fen­sive line,” Maloy said. “And

my quar­ter­backs coach and the coaches in gen­eral. I couldn’t do any­thing with­out them help­ing me out and mak­ing sure that I’m in the right place. They are where the credit goes.”

Among Morn­ing Jour­nal area quar­ter­backs, Maloy ranked in the top five in all of the ma­jor cat­e­gories: Yards (2,308, first), com­ple­tions (175, first), at­tempts (236, third), com­ple­tion per­cent­age (74.2, first), touch­downs (20, third), in­ter­cep­tions (five, fifth), TD-in­ter­cep­tion ra­tio (4-1, third), rush­ing yards (612, sec­ond) rush­ing touch­downs (11, sec­ond), av­er­age yards per carry (6.8, third).

It was not merely a few suc­cess­ful games that padded Maloy’s stats. Rather, the ju­nior was about as con­sis­tent as they come.

• He threw a touch­down in all of the Ea­gles’ reg­u­lar sea­son games.

• He rushed for touch­downs in each of Avon’s post­sea­son games.

• He only twice had a pass­ing per­cent­age be­low 70 per­cent, with his low­est mark be­ing 64.7 per­cent.

• He topped 80 per­cent on his pass­ing three times, with his high­est mark com­ing on a 13-for-15 (86.7 per­cent) evening in Week 9 against Amherst.

• He rushed for a touch­down in eight games this sea­son.

• He ac­counted for two or more touch­downs in eight games this sea­son, be­ing in­volved in three or more touch­downs in four of those games.

The list could go on for quite a long time.

And it is that con­sis­tency that has al­lowed the Ea­gles to thrive, win the South­west­ern Con­fer­ence, main­tain a per­fect 12-0 record and ad­vance to the Divi­sion II, Re­gion 6 fi­nal.

“I just al­ways want to put my team in the best po­si­tion I can for us to win,” Maloy said. “If I’m do­ing that, I’m do­ing my job.”

Per­haps the scari­est thing about Maloy is that he is a ju­nior and will be back next year to help lead the Ea­gles once again.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to hav­ing an­other year with these guys,” Maloy said. “But I’m glad this year isn’t done yet. I want to fin­ish this year strong so that we can go into next year on the high note.”

ERIC BONZAR — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Matt Wil­helm presents Avon quar­ter­back Ryan Maloy with the Matt Wil­helm Award dur­ing Var­sity Chalk Talk at Hoo­ley House on Nov. 14.

ERIC BONZAR — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Lorain Ti­tans quar­ter­back Justin Sturgill, right, and coach Dave McFar­land ap­pear on Var­sity Chalk Talk at the Hoo­ley House, Nov. 14. Sturgill was one of five fi­nal­ists for the Matt Wil­helm Award.

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