The 4-1 (1-1) Copley Indians are returning home and looking to get back into the thick of the conference title hunt when they will take on the 4-1 (2-0) Nordonia Knights. They will need their star running back Aregeros Turner to make things happen like he did last week when he rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries, but much on that came on a big 70 yard run he broke free on to get the winning score. Will the Knights be able to slow him down?
Nordonia opened up their season against the Mayfield Wildcats at home and were defeated in overtime 22-21. This was a tight game between the two and after a late touchdown by the Knights to force overtime; it all came down to a 2 point conversion that the Wildcats scored in the extra period. Both teams passed for 2 touchdowns and rushed for another.
From there, the Knights went on the road to play the Twinsburg Tigers and scored the 36-12 victory. This game saw Nordonia’s running back Jordan Nobles rush for 3 touchdowns of 27, 1 and 54 yards in the route.
Nordonia came home for two games that were both blow out victories. The first was over the Parma Redmen 49-14 and the second against the Cloverleaf Colts 51-14. The latter began conference play for the Knights and they led the game off with a touchdown from their quarterback Tyler Alders to Zach Zuercher of 11 yards. After the Knights were tackled in their end zone on a punt attempt, they didn’t look back. Alders went 11 for 18 for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns while Noble added 10 rushes for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In their last game, Nordonia went on the road to Uniontown, Ohio to face the Green Bulldogs. Going into the final quarter of play, Green was up 26-10. Alders went off in the fourth though as he threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 to his brother Alex Alders and the game winner to Zuercher making the final score 29-26.
Copley’s defense is going to need to come ready to play. Nordonia has shown this season they that can run the ball for a lot of success with Noble or they can put it in the air with Alders. They are averaging 37.2 points per game. The Indians have played good defense this year, but they have struggled with teams coming back on them. The only game they lost was to the Tallmadge Blue Devils and that was because of a strong power running game. The Knights do have that so they are going to need to find a way to slow it down. Nordonia’s balance could prove to be a real test for Copley.
The Indians’ offense needs to bring as much balance as the opposing team will. Turner is always my key to success for them, because of his great speed. The offensive line doesn’t need to do a lot; he just needs a little bit of running room and he can do great things with it, just like he did last week against the Highland Hornets. Nordonia’s defense is only allowing 17.2 points per game, so it could be tough going for Copley. Balance will be the key and that is going to mean that their quarterback John Kromalic will need to do what he did last week again. He went 11 for 19 for 157 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. I believe if he can put up a similar effort, it will put the Knights on their heels to give Turner running room.
Last year when these two teams faced, it was a road game for Copley that saw them win 14-6. Turner grinded it out for both of their scores on 16 carries for 108 yards. He also added 3 catches for 34 yards.
I think we will see a similar game this year, but I believe there will be more scoring. It will come down to which tandem will do better, Turner and Kromalic or Alders and Noble. Since this game is being played at Copley, I’m going to go with Turner and Kromalic. My predication is that Copley will win 28-23.
This game will be played on Friday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Copley High School in Copley, Ohio.