CLYDE — For a dozen games this season, Central Catholic’s football team — with its vaunted defense paving the way — simply was superb.
But Friday at Clyde’s Robert Bishop Stadium, things went wrong early, and the second-ranked Fighting Irish could not complete a spirited comeback in a 37-22 loss to the opportunistic eighth-ranked Avon Eagles in a Division II regional final.
Central Catholic (12-1), which trailed 30-7 at halftime, cut the margin to 30-22 late in the third quarter after touchdowns from Jase Bowen and Troy Durden.
And the Irish defense had the Eagles (12-1) right where they wanted them with 10:49 remaining in regulation after Andrew Parker sacked Avon quarterback Ryan Maloy. That put the Eagles in a third-and-22 situation from their 26-yard line.