RB Aregeros Turner Will Need Help To Defeat Bulldogs
The 5-3 (2-3) Copley Indians suffered another setback last week and are going to see if they can rebound to get back to .500 in conference play. They’re going to have a tough task when they take on the 5-3 (3-2) Green Bulldogs. Both teams are fighting to clinch a playoff birth, and winning both of their final games is going to be important. Can Copley’s running back Aregeros Turner take his team on his back and get it done this week?
The Bulldogs started off their season with five straight home games and they went 3-2 in those games. The first was against the Lake Blue Streaks. This one was a defensive struggle that saw the Blue Streaks steal the 20-14 victory.
Green then went on to win three straight as they handled their opponents in each of those games. The first was against the Jackson Polar Bears who the Bulldogs defeated 26-10. Next they hosted the Kenmore Cardinals, a game in which Green pitched a shut-out as the only points given up were when their running back Seth Wieland was tackled in the end zone. The final score there was 35-2. The final game in this stretch saw Green enter conference play against the Revere Minutemen who the Bulldogs dominated 45-19.
The final home game of their opening stretch saw the Nordonia Knights come to Uniontown, Ohio. This was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Bulldogs leading the Knights 19-6 at halftime, but they couldn’t slow down the Alders brothers and their passing game, as a big fourth quarter sealed the 29-26 victory.
Green hit the road for their next two games. The first took them to Lodi, Ohio to play against the Cloverleaf Colts and the second to play the Wadsworth Grizzlies. The Bulldogs won both of those games, the first was a blow out 47-21 and the second was a 21-9 victory.
Last week, Green hosted the Highland Hornets. This game the Bulldogs could not slow down the Hornets as they got picked apart 43-21.
Copley’s defense is going to see an offense I think they might have success against. Green likes to throw the ball and their quarterback Darryl Corrin has had a lot of success this season. He has a few targets that he likes, the two primary being Zach Wieland and Andrew Ventura. The Indians have struggled with teams that have a power running game and from what I have seen, the Bulldogs will run the ball, but the pass is something they are looking to do more of. I think this could help Copley score a win this week, especially if they can force some turnovers.
On offense, the key to the game will be Turner. If he runs for a lot of success, they will win this game. If they shut him down, then Green wins. What has been issue for Copley’s offense is that it is one-dimensional. I have said week after week that they need some help in the passing game or they need another runner to complement Turner. They don’t seem to have another back and their quarterback John Kromalic has struggled much of this season. So if Turner goes off, they win. If someone helps him out and he can have a solid performance, they win. We will have to see how Green plays on defense and if Turner can outscore their offense.
Last year when these two teams played, the game was in Uniontown and the Green Bulldogs dominated 42-21. Turner had a solid game as he rushed the ball 18 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. He also added a catch for 23 yards, but it was not enough to win that game.
I think we will see a similar result again this year. Turner had more help last year on offense, so he didn’t have to have big games every week. He had a big game that day, however, and they were still defeated handily by the Bulldogs. I believe that Green’s defense is too strong to be beaten by Turner alone, and I think the weapons they have on offense will make a difference. I wouldn’t be surprised if Copley pulls an upset though, since the teams the Indians have beat have defeated Green and vise versa. My prediction is that the Bulldogs win 35-21.
This game will be played at Copley High School on Friday October 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in Copley, Ohio.
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