It didnít take long for the Avon Eagles to get back on the right track.
Avonís defense pitched a shutout while Austin Bevins ran for 159 yards to help the Eagles to a 33-0 win over Wellington Friday night in their 2012 home opener.
They Eagles, now 1-1, held the Dukes to 100 yards of total offense for the game and scored the only touchdown they needed late in the first quarter. Thatís when quarterback David Zeh found Bevins with an 11-yard scoring strike.
Wellingtonís defense played well early on, and had some momentum going when it forced an Eagle fumble on their 1-yard line. But the Eaglesí turned the tables on the Dukes as nose tackle Jeremiah Burris sacked quarterback Dylan Weidrick in the end zone for a safety on the very next play to make it 9-0, Avon.
Avon capped off the first-half scoring with a 65-yard drive. A 13-yard touchdown run from Mark Kvach made the score 16-0 at the half.
Zeh, who had five interceptions in the opening night loss at Avon Lake, did not have a pick against Wellington. He came back in the second half with a pair of touchdown passes to Braeden Friss of seven and 11 yards. On the night, Zeh went 16 of 29 for 216 yards.
Up next: The Eagles take on Lorain, which dropped a 34-21 decision to Midview Friday night.
Parma 26, Rocky River 21
The Pirates found themselves down 26-7 at halftime, but rallied in the second half only to fall short. Martin Finnegan had 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter and another in the fourth, but the Redmen held on for the road win.
River, now 1-1, stayed close in the first quarter when senior quarterback Keelan Boettcher found sophomore Pat Connors on a 38-yard touchdown pass. The Pirates were only trailing 12-7, but Parma put 14 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter to bolster its lead.
Up next: The Pirates host Westlake, a 13-3 winner over Bay Friday night.
Midview 21, Amherst 13
Middie quarterback Cody Callaway threw for 204 yards and three touchdowns as Midview rallied from an early deficit and moved to 2-0 on the season.
Down 6-0, Callaway hit Eric Lauer with a 9-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Brendon Matchamís conversion kick made it 7-6, and the Middies never trailed again at Amherstís Memorial Field.
Callaway added a 27-yard scoring strike to Lauer in the second quarter, then hit Zac Wilson on a 26-yarder for a 21-6 Middie lead.
Up next: Midview will host Elyria, a 43-7 winner over Elyria Catholic Friday night.
Maple Heights 24, North Ridgeville 2
The Rangers actually took a 2-0 lead on a safety in the second quarter. The visiting Mustangs, however, grabbed an 8-2 halftime lead and scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to keep North Ridgeville winless.
Up next: The Rangers travel to North Olmsted, which blanked Lakewood 31-0 Friday night.
Elyria 43, Elyria Catholic 7
The Pioneers held a 21-7 lead at halftime at venerable Ely Stadium, then put the game away with a 16-0 third quarter.
Panthers quarterback Jeremy Holley, who was sacked four times in the first half by Ohio State recruit Tracy Sprinkle, managed to hit Jacob Moore on a 7-yard touchdown pass late in the first half. Elyria, however, came out with a16-0 third quarter to put the game away.
Holley finished the game 21 of 42 for 186 yards and was sacked nine times for a minus-37 yards. Sprinkle had five of those sacks.
Next up: EC will host 2-0 Centerburg, a 38-7 winner over Lucas Friday night.
Oberlin 28, Vermilion 27
The Sailors remained winless on the season when the potential game-tying conversion kick was blocked late in the fourth quarter. Oberlin ran out the clock to close out the game.
Next up: The Sailors will host Firelands, a 27-7 loser to New London Friday night.
West Shore Conference Standings
1. Midview 0-0 (2-0); 2. Lakewood 0-0 (1-1); 3. Rocky River 0-0 (1-1); 4. Elyria Catholic 0-0 (1-1); 5. Bay 0-0 (1-1); 6. Avon 0-0 (1-1); 7. North Ridgeville 0-0 (0-2); 8. Vermilion 0-0 (0-2)