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Avon defeats Batavia Notre Dame in Class D football qualifier


1:00 AM, Nov. 03, 2012 EDT

TJ Crye was handed his Section V Ontario Honda Offensive Player of the Year award at halftime of Saturday's Class D football state tournament qualifer.

There was another award headed his way.

Crye had a hand in four Avon touchdowns, including two that came on passes, as the Braves were on the way to a 43-7 win and the senior quarterback to the team's game MVP award.

Avon's win at Sahlen's Stadium near downtown Rochester moved the Section V Class D champion into the state tournament quarterfinals for the first time. The Braves, who lost in the section's qualifier in 2008 and 2009, face Section VI champion Randolph (7-2), 5:30 p.m. at All High Stadium in Buffalo.

"Everyone is proud of what we've done,'' Crye said. "We want to keep it going, one step at a time.''

Crye had plenty to do with moving the Braves over the hurdle.

His 60-yard run early in the third quarter made his talents easy to see and was sort of an exclamation point against Batavia Notre Dame (6-3), which won the Section V Class DD title last week.

Avon seemed to move the ball any way it wanted. The Braves produced 448 yards of offense, 305 in the first half.

Jake Martinez ran for 119 yards on 11 carries. Crye's numbers were 136 yards rushing on 14 carries with 137 yards passing after he completed 7 of 16 throws.

"He's a big strong running back with an arm,'' Batavia Notre Dame coach Rick Mancuso said.

Crye, who played with a cast on his left thumb, certainly was strong enough to carry off the trophy given to Avon's Most Valuable Player of the Game.

An awkward fall during last week's Section V Class D final dislocated Crye's thumb. He also suffered ligament damage.

"It's pretty messed up,'' Crye said. "That's how it goes.''

 

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