Auburn Hills, Royal OakSeptember 7, 2012
Avondale football continues its dominance, gets by Royal Oak High
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
ROYAL OAK — Auburn Hills Avondale football continued to roll through the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division against Royal Oak High Sept. 7, but it didn’t come without a scare.
The Yellow Jackets won the road contest 53-22, but trailed Royal Oak 8-6 late in the first quarter.
After Avondale's Erik Stubbs caught a touchdown pass from Spencer Smith and the extra point was no good, the Ravens answered when running back Justin Unger went 35 yards on two plays, including the 6-yard touchdown run with 1:51 left in the first.
“There ended up being too many turnovers and too many big plays, but early on, I thought we had them,” Royal Oak coach Ryan Irish said.
Avondale didn’t waste time getting back on top, scoring on its next play when running back Joshuwa Holloman went 65 yards untouched around the left side to make it 12-8.
The Yellow Jackets never lost the lead, eventually pushing it to 33-8 at the half, getting rushing scores from Smith and Michael Johnson, along with a receiving touchdown from TreyVonn Munson on a 22-yard slant from Smith.
Avondale coach Steve Deutsch said early mistakes have been a problem for his team.
“We just make a mistake and our angles are off, and we give up something big. But our kids are resilient,” he said.
The second half was more of the same, with Avondale getting rushing touchdowns from Chase Lalla and Halloman, Lalla also caught a score, this time from Jonathan Ozerities.
Royal Oak put two scores on the board in the fourth with Blake Hairston and Evan Fall each scoring on the ground.
The win moves Avondale to 3-0 overall and in the division. It has outscored its opponents 136-34.
“We’re jelling together, and this is the best team I’ve played for in my whole career,” Johnson said. “Next week we’ll have a test.”
The Yellow Jackets take on Inkster High at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at home.
Royal Oak falls to 0-3 and travels to Bloomfield Hills Lahser at 7 p.m. Sept. 14.