Avon Lake defense continues to answer the call in shutout win over Brecksville-Broadview Heights – Morning Journal


Avon Lake is yet to give up any points to start the 2022 season.

The Shoremen shut out Strongsville, 38-0, in Week 1, but head coach Matt Kostelnik challenged his defense to improve. On August 26, he did as Avon Lake defeated Brecksville Broadview Heights, 35-0, completing his second shutout of the season.

“It was exciting to see the production on the defensive line last night compared to Week 1. I challenged them this week. (I thought) their Week 1 production was a bit lacking, largely because our inside guys are playing it both ways. Last night we told them we had to see some of the production between you guys and they delivered,” Kostelnik said.

Bees quarterback Colin Seibert did not play with senior substitute Cory Spirakus taking the lead under center. The Avon Lake defense gave up a total of eight yards of offense, minus 7 rushing and 15 assists.

“We are doing a good job removing the bases. (We think) what are their basic tricks and what are they trying to accomplish (offensively). Our speed at the back largely compensates,” Kostelnik said. “We have three returning defensive linemen, our two corners are Ohio kids and they do a great job of coverage. For us, it’s all about sticking to the basics and playing fast.

The linebacking corps has seen further changes since the offseason with new starters at every position. Kostelnik likes the improvement of this group.

“(The linebackers) are coming. Every week they get better and better. All three are very quick and physical kids. If we put them in the right places, they come out and they play. It was exciting to see these guys play well,” he said.

Avon Lake took off with a 21-0 lead with Derek McCrum scoring a 7-yard touchdown pass. They were followed by rushing touchdowns from Jason Krukowski and Wade Nelson.

Avon Lake will play its Week 3 game at home hosting St. John the Baptist of New York. The Cougars are yet to play a game, with the Shoremen being their Week 1 game.


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