Sooner or later the Avon Grove High School football team's magical season was going to come to an end.

Unfortunately for the Red Devils, the final chapter of its storybook 2009 campaign occurred last Friday night in the semifinal round of the District 1 Class AAAA playoffs.

Avon Grove, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, suffered a 42-7 defeat at the hands of No. 1 seed and state powerhouse North Penn in Lansdale.

With the loss, the Red Devils' best season in the seven-year history of its program ended.

Undefeated North Penn (13-0 overall), meanwhile, advanced to play for the 4A district championship this Friday night against Ridley. The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will be played at Coatesville High School.

Avon Grove's loss to North Penn was only their second of the season as the Red Devils finished 11-2 overall.

The groundbreaking 2009 squad will go down as one of the best to ever roam the halls at Avon Grove.

The Devils finished a season with a winning record for the first time in the program's history. Never before had the team won more than four games in a season. The 11 wins earned this fall are not only a school record, but they will be extremely hard to top in the future.

Avon Grove, who earned its first-ever district playoff berth this year, won two post-season games in the tough 4A tournament. They beat Quakertown and Downingtown West to advance to the semifinal round and push its win total to 11.

Another first for Avon Grove this year was the fact that they won a league title. The Devils were co-champions of the Ches-Mont League's National Division this fall with both Downingtown West and Downingtown East.

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