Friday Night Ohio - Friday Night Ohio: 2017 Week 3 preview: Copley at Lake

Copley Indians at Lake Blue Streaks

Copley (1-1) at Lake (1-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday

LAST WEEK: Copley 42, Firestone 0; Dover 30, Lake 28

THE MATCHUP: The Indians have won the last two Suburban League American Conference titles but graduated a talented senior class that included Michigan State RB Weston Bridges and Ashland QB Austin Brenner. After a 34-14 loss to Twinsburg in Week 1, the Indians rebounded with a convincing win over Firestone thanks to four TDs from Blake Traylor and an interception return for a TD from his twin brother, Bryce. The QB is Jake Nedolast, who is protected by Akron recruit Vincent Fonte (6-4, 285).

"They're tough," Lake coach Dan DeGeorge said of the Indians. "They're very athletic and they're a little different from last year's team in that they're looking to run the ball more. They've got a good, hard-nosed running back and they also have a quarterback who can run the ball really well. They're pretty big up front and the inside linebackers (the Traylor twins) are really good football players. They tackle well and they fill the holes really well. It's going to be a challenge to run the football on them, so we're going to have our hands full.

After an opening loss, Lake won a thriller over Copley last season, 38-35, thanks to Tye Hunt's 6-yard TD reception in the final seconds. Hunt caught a 97-yard TD pass last week from Blue Streaks RB Cameron Martin and leads the team with four catches for 127 yards this season. Martin has been a workhorse, carrying 49 times through the first two games for 284 yards and four TDs. QB Paul Troyer has completed 16 of 42 passes for 190 yards and also run 12 times for 66 yards. LBs Noah Collins and Dylan Reeves each have 20 tackles for the Streaks.

Lake committed 11 penalties in last week's loss and made too many other mistakes, DeGeorge said. "That's an embarrassing amount of penalties," he said. "And they came in a lot of key situations, like we'd have a second-and-4 and jump offsides. It affected our field position all night and we're typically much more disciplined. We'll fix that this week for sure, but we need to improve in a lot of other areas. We turned the ball over a couple times, we missed some blocks and we missed some key tackles. We have a lot of young kids playing, but we can't use that as an excuse anymore. It's time to grow up. If you make a mistake, fix it and not make the same mistake over."




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