OHIO TOWNSHIP — An early turnover thwarted Apollo-Ridge’s momentum, and the Vikings never regained it in a 42-14 loss to Avonworth in a WPIAL Allegheny Conference football game Friday night.
Both teams entered the game at 4-0.
Apollo-Ridge took the first possession and was driving on the Antelopes, but an interception thwarted the possession, and Avonworth moved quickly downfield for a 7-0 lead.
Avonworth (5-0) stretched the lead to 21-0 before Apollo-Ridge scored on Klay Fitzroy’s 34-yard pass from Jake Fello and Jacob Mull’s kick.
Apollo-Ridge (4-1) had a chance to cut into the deficit, but a turnover on downs deep in Avonworth territory ended the threat. The Antelopes responded and made it 28-7 on Kyros Thorpe’s second long touchdown run of the game. He covered 44 yards after earlier going 54 for a score.
Thorpe scored his third touchdown in the third quarter, and Iam Syam scored from 1 yard to extend the lead to 42-7. Fitzroy and Fello hooked up again, this time from 20 yards, to close the scoring.
Avonworth outgained Apollo-Ridge 321-269, with 267 of the Antelopes’ total coming on the ground.
Thorpe finished with 134 yards on only five carries. Syam carried 14 times for 120 yards.
Fello finished 9-for-16 for 143 yards, and Fitzroy had nine receptions for 95 yards. Logan Harmon rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries.
Apollo-Ridge plays host to Shady Side Academy on Friday.