By Garrett Ross
Abbott- Behind a well balanced offensive attack the Avalon Eagles soared to a 38-14 victory over the Abbott Panthers to start the 2018 season.
Miguel Padron led the charge for Avalon, as he scored four of the Eagles five touchdowns.
Pardon was able to connect with Gabriel Pacheco on a 3-yard touchdown pass with 4:47 remaining in the first quarter to give Avalon the initial lead of the game. The PAT from Marcos Kinser was good, making the score 8-0 Eagles.
Avalon would find the end zone once again in the second quarter, as Rhett Newton hit Marcus Kinser on a 14-yard strike with 7:22 remaining. Bryan Faber nailed the PAT, which gave the Eagles a 16-0 lead.
The defenses finally decided to show up late in the second quarter and neither team was able to accumulate any more points.
Abbott finally put together a successful drive late in the third quarter, which was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Kaydan Johnson. The Isaac Terrazas PAT was good, but the Panthers now trailed 22-8.
Miguel Pardon exploded for a 31-yard touchdown scamper on the previous Avalon possession. The Eagles elected to use their third PAT kicker on the night, Zach Anthony, but his attempt was no good.
Pardon would throw back-to-back touchdowns on the Eagles next offensive possessions.
Pardon hit Marcus Kinser for a 31-yard strike, followed by connecting with Vany Lopez on a 57-yard bomb. After a failed two-point conversion and connecting on a PAT, Avalon held a sound 38-8 lead.
Abbott never stopped fighting however, as you might imagine any Terry Crawford coached team would never do.
Isaac Terrazas would find a crease in the Avalon defense and he was off to the races for a 78-yard touchdown run; his PAT attempt would be no good.
Avalon finished the game with 299 yards of total offense, 168 passing and 131 rushing. The Eagles turned the ball over once during the game.
Abbott finished the game with 182 yards of total offense, 39 passing and 144 rushing. The Panthers turned the ball over twice during the game.
The player of the game was Miguel Pardon form Avalon.
Pardon was 7-9 passing with 3 touchdowns, he also carried the ball 14 times for 85-yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively he had 5 tackles and 1 interception.
Avalon will host Iredell next Friday, while Abbott travels up I-35 to Milford.