Lebanon Reporter

October 19, 2013

Zionsville drops regular season finale to Avon 12-7

By Travis Miller
Sports Correspondent

---- — It has been a frustrating season for Class 5A No. 10 rated Zionsville on the football field. The Eagles have one of the state’s best defenses giving up less than 14 points per game, but the offense was only averaging 14.1 points per game. On Friday night in the regular season finale at Avon the Eagles did more of the same. The defense was excellent, but the offense struggled to gain more than 100 yards as Zionsville 12-7. “It really is a microcosm of our entire season,” Zionsville coach Larry McWhorter said. “We play hard all night on defense, but we just don’t get much going on offense. We see that every week .” Coach McWhorter could not have asked for a better first half from his defense, as the Eagles allowed 96 yards, but intercepted Peters three times. Twice Peters was intercepted as Avon was about to score, but it was the first interception that led to Zionsville’s opening score. With 4:24 left in the first period Brad Buckland stepped in front of a pass down the right sideline and returned an interception 40 yards to the Avon 22 yard line. Six plays later Josh Hinkle found tight end Nick Maines for a 7-yard touchdown pass that made it 7-0. Despite gaining only 56 yards that was enough for the Eagles to hold a 7-0 lead at halftime. Joe Lupinski would add an interception at the Zionsville 31-yard line when the Orioles went for it on fourth down. Later on it would be Brandon Wilson, who had an earlier sack of Peters, who would intercept him at the Zionsville 13 before he returned it to midfield. For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.