After being blown out at home, the 4-2 (1-2) Copley Indians are going to have to rebound and come out ready to play when they take on the 3-3 (0-3) Cloverleaf Colts at home. Copley’s offense could not move the ball for any success last week and the only bright spot was their running back Aregeros Turner. Can they get back on track against the Colts or suffer another defeat?
Cloverleaf started off their season with three straight wins in blow out fashion. The first came when they traveled to Medina, Ohio to face the Buckeye Bucks. The Colts won this game by a large margin of 47-2 and the Bucks couldn’t stop them on the ground as they gained 422 yards rushing. 216 of it came from Devin Cunningham.
The Colts came home for their next two as they hosted the Medina Battling Bees who they defeated 24-8 and then they played the North Vikings from Akron, Ohio and scored the 55-20 victory. Cunningham gained a lot of yards in both of those games as well.
Cloverleaf was derailed though they when opened up conference play on the road against the Nordonia Knights. The Colts couldn’t keep up with the Knights as they won the game by a count of 51-14. Cunningham rushed for 155 yards, but as a team they just couldn’t get into the end zone enough.
They suffered two more blow out defeats at home by the hands of the Wadsworth Grizzlies who defeated them 34-0 and by the Green Bulldogs 47-21. Against Wadsworth, they completely shut down Cunningham who only gained 62 yards on 14 carries. He found success against Green, but he didn’t get enough help from those around him.
Copley’s defense has one job, shut down Cunningham. They haven’t really had much success in the air this season. I believe if the Indians can shut him down and force other players around him to pick up the slack, they will slow this team down enough and they won’t be able to keep up. What I have also noticed is that when Cunningham is having a lot of success on the ground, other running backs are getting success too. This is why if Cunningham gets slowed down, I think the Colts will struggle in this one.
Usually my key for success is Turner to have a big game and they will win. Last week he had roughly 100 yards of offense, but he didn’t score and they lost the game. I think that it really does come down to those around him. I think their quarterback John Kromalic and his receivers around them need to help Turner. They will feed him the ball and he will run tough with it, but if they don’t alleviate some of the pressure and the focus he receives from the other defenses, this team will not have success and Turner will not go for the big yards and scores they need him too.
Last year when these two teams faced, the game was played in Lodi, Ohio where Cloverleaf is located. In that game the Indians won 35-21. Turner had a huge game going carrying the 29 times for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns.
I think we will see a similar game this year, if Turner can have the type of game he had against them last year. So I put this one on the shoulders of Kromalic and the rest of the skill position players. If they can get the focus off him enough and the line gives him some holes, I think the Indians win this game by a similar score. My prediction will be the same at 35-21, with Turner having at least 3 touchdowns.
This game will be played on Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. at Copley High School in Copley, Ohio.