In this, the seventh year of the Avon Grove High School football program, the Red Devils still find themselves searching for their first winning season.
Avon Grove has come very close in years past.
The problem recently is that the Devils had got off to strong 2-0 starts and then been derailed by Unionville in Week 3 of the season.
Not this fall.
Last Thursday night, Avon Grove cleared a major hurdle as they used a strong first half to down the visiting Indians of Unionville by a score of 20-14 in an intense nonleague game at Avon Grove High School.
In the process, the Red Devils remained undefeated as they moved to 3-0 overall.
"It's the best feeling of my life being 3-0," said Avon Grove linebacker Wes Shoap. "Beating Unionville means everything too. If we could win only one game all season this would be the one I would want to win."
Avon Grove rushed for 207 yards in the first half on its way to building a commanding 20-0 halftime lead. Brandon Monk (six carries, 64 yards) scored two touchdowns, on runs of 9 and 40 yards. Jordan Harris (16 carries, 121 yards) also found the end zone for the Devils on a 1-yard run.
"We were as fired up for this game as we're ever going to get," said Monk. "Right now we have a lot of confidence as a football team, but we know there's still a long season to go."
Avon Grove, despite seizing the 20-0 lead at intermission, had to hold on as Unionville came roaring back after the break.
The Indians (1-2 overall) scored 14 points in the third quarter to get right back in it but could get no closer.
"I told the kids at half the race wasn't over, and Unionville was going to keep fighting," said Avon Grove head coach Marvin Dooley. "To beat a Pat Clark coached team -- our program is trying to get where they have been. This was a great win for our football team."
The undefeated Avon Grove High School football team will host its annual homecoming day game this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. when they face Bishop Shanahan.
It will be the first Ches-Mont League game of the season for Avon Grove, who stands at a perfect 3-0 overall after three impressive nonleague wins over Kennett, Oxford and Unionville.
Bishop Shanahan (1-2 overall) won its first game of the season last week by beating Chichester 37-0. Prior to that the Eagles suffered losses to Academy Park (26-21) and West Chester Rustin (61-6).