High school football: Avon’s Sopko, Torbert connection sinks Avon Lake, 44-7

By Jon Behm, The Morning Journal


Drew Scofield/dscofield@morningjournal.comAvon junior Jake Sopko, center, watches for an open pass against Avon Lake on Aug. 29.

The annual rivalry matchup between Avon and Avon Lake was expected to be a close game on paper.
For the Shoremen, too bad paper is not reality.
Avon rode the arm of junior quarterback Jake Sopko to a 44-7 victory in the home of its rival on Aug. 29, dominating the Shoremen from the start.
“Any time you can beat your rival and get a win, we’re happy with that,” Avon coach Mike Elder said. “I have tremendous respect for Avon Lake and their kids. They played exceptionally hard and they never quit and that’s the sign of a well-coached team.”

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