Once again the 5-3 (2-3) Copley Indians have been limited on what they could do on offense and have been shut-out by their opponent; this time was at the hands of the 5-3 (3-2) Wadsworth Grizzlies. Copley could not slow down this three headed monster rushing attack from Wadsworth for the whole game and it showed. Not even Copley’s Aregeros Turner could do enough to overcome it.
Wadsworth took the early advantage by scoring on their first possession of the game. The score came when their running back Martice Jackson broke free and took the ball 20 yards for a score. They added the extra point to take the 7-0 lead.
Both teams’ defenses would step up and hold this score for most of the first half. The Grizzlies did add another one before the half ended, though, when Jackson found the end zone once again on the ground. They would lead 14-0 at the intermission.
Into the fourth quarter, the score would be the same until Copley was driving and looking to cut the lead in half when an option play failed. A fumble gave the ball back to Wadsworth and they drove the ball down the field with their running back trio of Jackson, Scott Campbell and Nick Winkler. Campbell took the next touchdown in from six yards out to give his team the 21-point lead.
Late in the game, Gunnar Graham would seal the deal when he busted a 42-yard touchdown run. That would make the score 28-0 and that would hold for the final.
Strong running teams have really been the issue for Copley this season and it was again in this game. I have noticed that teams with this ability shut down the Indians and they really struggle on both sides of the ball. They were in this one late, but they just couldn’t get in the end zone to get back in it and that really hurt the Indians. Their defense just isn’t good enough to shut down a strong running game and I think that goes to their line play. I mean this on both sides of the ball.
On offense they were horrific once more. Turner was again their bright spot as he rushed the ball 29 times for 92 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but as a team, they only managed 164 yards total. I thought their quarterback John Kromalic would need to find open receivers in order to help the running game and in turn the offense, but they didn’t do much to help. Turner is running behind an offensive line that can’t open enough holes for him and the offense is just too reliant on him to succeed. I believe there are other weapons on the team that could be utilized to help him, but they are just not able to move the ball efficiently.
Copley will look to bounce back once again as they host the 5-3 (3-2) Green Bulldogs. This week, the Bulldogs hosted the Highland Hornets and were soundly defeated 43-21.
Wadsworth will hit the road as they will take on the tough 6-2 (4-1) Tallmadge Blue Devils. Tallmadge went to Lodi, Ohio, this week to face the Cloverleaf Colts and came away with the dominating 55-35 victory.