Written by Mike Kelly
Saturday, 08 October 2011 08:26
The Avery High football team has been pretty generous this season, especially on defense.
The Vikings (4-4 overall; 1-3 Western Highland 1A/2A Conference) were giving up an average of 31 points-a-game going into Friday night's match up with Polk County. And despite a 21-17 lead at the intermission, the wheels came off in the second half and Wolverines waltzed away with a 51-31 win at MacDonald Stadium in Newland.
The Wolverines (6-2; 3-1) had 488 yards offensively---246 yards on the ground and 242 yards through the air. They outscored the Vikings 34-10 in the second half. Alex Villanueva had another masterful performance in defeat. The Avery senior ran for 61 yards and was 16-33 passing for 197 yards , four touchdowns and one interception. Hunter Sheilds caught five balls for 78 yards, three of which went for touchdowns.
The loss drops Avery into a two-way tie for sixth place with Madison. The Vikings play at Madison next Friday night. The Vikings have lost three of their last four games.
WESTERN HIGHLANDS 1A/2A CONFERENCE
HENDERSONVILLE 3-1; 6-2
MITCHELL 3-1; 6-2
POLK COUNTY 3-1; 6-2
OWEN 3-1; 3-5
MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 2-2; 4-3
AVERY 1-3; 4-4
MADISON 1-3; 4-3
THOMAS JEFFERSON 0-4; 0-8
FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAMES
POLK COUNTY 51, AVERY 31
OWEN 14, MADISON 12
MOUNTAIN HERITAGE 54, THOMAS JEFFERSON 21
MITCHELL 21, HENDERSONVILLE 20