Game Preview: Avalon vs Gonzaga
Team Records: Avalon 2-2 vs. Gonzaga 3-0 Last five meetings results: 2017- Gonzaga wins 48-27 2016- Gonzaga wins 40-16 Their only two meetings the previous 5 years. Gonzaga hosts Avalon this Friday, with this being Avalon’s 5th game and Gonzaga’s 4th game of their respective seasons. Avalon looking to rebound from a loss their last […]
Team Records: Avalon 2-2 vs. Gonzaga 3-0
Last five meetings results:
- 2017- Gonzaga wins 48-27
- 2016- Gonzaga wins 40-16
Their only two meetings the previous 5 years.
Gonzaga hosts Avalon this Friday, with this being Avalon’s 5th game and Gonzaga’s 4th game of their respective seasons. Avalon looking to rebound from a loss their last game. While Gonzaga comes in on a 3-game win streak to open their season.
For Gonzaga they come in on a roll with wins over American Heritage, Don Bosco Prep, and Georgetown Prep. Their point differential through these three games sits at an impressive +67 margin. Scoring 30-plus points in every game displaying the strength of their offensive unit.
Their offense is led by one of the top QB prospects in the DMV in Junior quarterback Caleb Williams. He is going to be the key difference maker in this matchup for Gonzaga. This talented quarterback comes into this season off a of a WCAC title last year. He has grown as a QB over the offseason and has shown improvement from the pocket. Hitting his receivers and making decisive reads more frequently compared to last year. He also is a threat to use his legs to run or extend plays, while taking advantage of his around 6’2” 207 lbs. making him tough to bring down. He will have to be sound in his game, facing an Avalon defense that has allowed no more than 13 points in any of their first 4 games. Williams must make a few key throws throughout this game to push Gonzaga into winning position.
As for Gonzaga’s defense they have played well thus far on the season. They have allowed 14, 21, and 7 points through their first three games. Playing very strong run defense, while improving as a unit in pass coverage. They will need to be strong to pick up where Dematha left off — shutting out Avalon last week— to against Avalon. If Gonzaga is up to the test, they should be able to move to 4-0 on the campaign.
Avalon through their first 4 games have alternated between wins and losses defeating Baldwin 26-7 and Benedictine 38-13. While losing to Highland Springs 38-13 and Dematha 33-0. In their losses their offense has really struggled to sustain drives and make big plays. This has put their defense on the field way too much and wore them down throughout the games.
Avalon need more consistent quarterback play to better their chances to create offense and gain stability at the position. If Avalon cannot keep up with a Gonzaga offense that is in full flight to begin the year this game may get away from them early.
Avalon’s defense has been slightly inconsistent like the offense to begin the year. They have certainly not been helped, especially in their losses by the offense. They have had their moments in the two wins allowing just 7-points to Baldwin and 13-points to Benedictine. They do have more to offer and need to do such to limit the impact of Caleb Williams on the game. They will need to generate a consistent pass rush to throw off Williams and generate possibly a turnover or two to help their offense. They will have to deal with the speed Gonzaga has at the skill positions, but this will come with execution of a solid scheme. Avalon defensively can compete they just need to make a few big plays when opportunities come about. While getting some help from the offense by them being kept off the field more often.
I see this game as one where Gonzaga has the advantage because they have the more stable quarterback. The Avalon defense could cause problems if they can channel their play from their better performances this year. Giving their offense a chance to find some sort of advantage against Gonzaga’s solid defense. This game will come down to if Avalon can slow down Caleb Williams and the Zags offense. It will be tough, but if they cannot force a turnover or create pressure it could be a long night for Avalon.
Final Score: Gonzaga wins 30-17