All eyes will be on Avon Grove High School this Thursday night for the big Week 3 high school football battle between undefeated Avon Grove and Unionville.
The host Red Devils of Avon Grove roll into the game, which kicks off at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 17, sporting a perfect 2-0 overall record. Avon Grove has been dominant in its first two games, routing both Kennett (49-14) and Oxford (48-21).
Unionville, meanwhile, will enter as one of the best 1-1 teams around. The Indians were edged by defending Central League champion Garnet Valley (15-14) in its opener, then came storming back to post an impressive 23-9 win at Phoenixville last Friday night.
Both Unionville and Avon Grove are similar in the fact that they like to pound the football.
Avon Grove has rushed for 509 total yards in its two games. The Red Devils were led by senior Jordan Harris last week against Oxford. The Division I recruit carried 10 times for 104 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Monk and Brendan McLaughlin are also big keys to the Devils offensive attack.
Unionville didn't throw a single pass in beating Phoenixville last week. Quarterback Connor Gades led the rushing attack with 96 yards and a touchdown. Greg Carroll and Mason Popham, who also each added touchdowns in the win, are both major weapons out of the backfield.
"Unionville is a great program and this is going to be a big test for us to see if we are really a team to be reckoned with," said Avon Grove head coach Marvin Dooley. "I told the kids that they have to realize that even though it's a big game it's still only game three out of 10 games.
"It's a short week of practice to get ready for it, which isn't good, but I think our kids will rise to the occasion. For us to win we have to be mistake free and defensively we have to stop their running game. They don't do a lot of fancy stuff. They just come right at you and they are very good at that. The team that controls the clock the best is going to win."
Unionville head coach Pat Clark knows that the game is going to be a great test for his team as well.
"Avon Grove is very good. They are undefeated and scoring a lot of points. It's going to be a real challenge," said Clark. "We can't give up big plays. They have three kids that can take it every time they touch the ball. Our best hope is to keep the ball out of the hands of their offense. That means we are going to have to move the ball on them, and they are playing excellent defense.
"I thought my guys bounced back nicely after Week 1," added Clark. "We're trying to get on a roll now."
Kennett hosts Twin Valley
The Kennett High School football team will play host to Twin Valley this Friday, Sept. 18 at Kennett High School. The nonleague game kicks off a 4 p.m.
Kennett (0-2 overall) will be seeking its first win of the season. The Demons suffered a lopsided 49-14 loss to Avon Grove in its opener and then this past Monday were disappointed with a 12-7 loss at Academy Park in which the Kennett offense only mustered 61 yards of total offense.
Twin Valley, out of District 3, will come in undefeated at 2-0 overall after wins over Wyomissing Area (21-13) and Holy Name (14-7).