Just exactly how good is this year's Avon Grove High School football team? The Red Devils may have had their fair share of doubters throughout the district.
Not so much after last Friday night, though.
Avon Grove scored arguably its biggest victory in school history last week when it went into Downingtown's Kottmeyer Stadium and knocked off the No. 7 ranked 4A team in the state, Downingtown West, by a score of 35-21.
It was the first loss of the season for Downingtown West (6-1 overall, 2-1 Ches-Mont League), who had also come in ranked No. 2 in the 16-team District 1 Class AAAA playoff picture based on a points system.
With the emphatic victory, Avon Grove officially made this 2009 season its best in the seven-year history of their program. The Red Devils improved to 6-1 overall with the win, and with just three regular season games remaining, they have already clinched their first-ever winning season.
Avon Grove also moved up in the district rankings from No. 12 to No. 8 after the big win, as the Devils get closer to earning their first post-season appearance.
Avon Grove rushed for 330 yards against Downingtown West. The game was tied at 21 going into the fourth quarter before Brandon Monk ripped off a pair of touchdown runs of 2 and 77 yards to put it away.
Junior Brendan McLaughlin rushed for a game-high 200 yards on 32 carries and scored a pair of TDs. Jordan Harris added the other score for Avon Grove.
The Devils return to the field this Friday, Oct. 23 when they travel to Great Valley for a 7 p.m. nonleague game. Great Valley is 3-4 overall.