Aves bounce back from close loss in first game

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Junior quarterback Jake Borman (10) hands the ball off to senior running back Clarence Dawson (1). After two weeks, the Aves have one win and one loss. Dawson leads the entire GMC in rushing yards.

After being stumped by Mount Healthy thanks to a late two point conversion in week one, the Aves won a makeup game on Saturday Sept. 5th against Covington Catholic from Kentucky. Sycamore was much more dominant in their first win of the season.
Head coach Scott Dattilo said, “I knew the beginning of the season would pose some challenges. However, we are improving at a very fast rate and that is very rewarding to see.”
The Aves had a highly anticipated game against Mount Healthy at home. Leading by one touchdown late in the fourth, Sycamore needed a defensive stop to secure the win.
However, Mount Healthy scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, putting the Aves down by one with less than two minutes left. After a long drive, a last second heave fell short of the end zone. Aves lose 36-35.
Sycamore was surprised by the one-point loss, with above and beyond statistics to provide for what could have been a win. The Aves completed more than 50% of their passes, had two 100-yard rushers, and even forced a fumble.
Junior defensive end Elijah Hollis said, “After the loss we had to focus a lot more in practice and become smarter and faster. We needed to be on task against from that point onto trust each other and play together.”
Players we’re already set for their next competition against Covington Catholic, a catholic school from Kentucky. Despite a rainout on Friday night, both teams we’re ready to go the next Saturday morning. Sycamore defeated Covington Catholic 42-7, limiting the Colonels to 0 total rushing yards.
Senior running back Clarence Dawson said, “Our team chemistry is everything,”  “We bounced back because we needed to and we wanted to. Football is a brotherhood with a strong bond and connection that makes us push harder when we need to.”

Dawson leads the GMC in rushing yards after two weeks.