Lake rolls past Copley

BY Henry Palattella GateHouse Media Ohio


COPLEY TWP. At first, it looked like Copley had stopped Lake's Noah Collins from scoring.

Collins, Lake's senior running back and captain, was stuffed by Copley's front-seven on second down. A stop would be the shot in the arm the Copley defense needed. The Indians were already behind by 14 points in the waning moments of the second quarter, and also were only in their goal-line defense because an encroachment penalty on the previous play crept the Blue Streaks closer to the end zone.

As Collins fought for extra yardage, Copley junior defensive back Tyson Durant delivered a picture-perfect hit, knocking the ball out of Collins' hands and onto the turf. The exact play the Indians needed.

The bounce, however, was the exact opposite. Collins' fumble bounced right into the hands of Lake quarterback Paul Troyer, who bounded into the end zone to extend Lake's lead en route to a 35-7 non-conference victory.

"We knew Copley would put up a good test," Lake coach Dan DeGeorge said. "They're very well coached, very athletic. We came out and played really physically. I was really happy with how we played defense, especially in the first half."

Troyer finished with 84 passing yards and a touchdown, and senior running back Cameron Martin rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

The Blue Streaks struck first in the first quarter thanks in part to their defense, more specifically junior Bryce Snow. Snow intercepted a pass from Copley quarterback Joseph Reho. Reho, who threw for two touchdown passes last week, was hit as he threw, with the ball slowly sailing into Snow's hands.

Troyer capitalized on the field position, floating a pass to junior Logan Fedor in the corner of the end zone for the game's opening touchdown.

Copley's offense had trouble getting going all night. The Indians gained 32 yards on a slant pass to Rhett Van Voorhis on their first play from scrimmage, but gained little else after that.

Van Voorhis scored the Indians' lone touchdown on a 25-yard catch on a slant route with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Streaks' second score of the half came on a 21-yard run by Martin.

Copley's Reho finished 11-for-22 for 129 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Martin put the game away on Lake's first drive of the second half when he drove the Blue Streaks down the field almost single-handedly, breaking through Copley arm tackles. He ran it in from 12 yards out to end the drive and put Lake ahead 28-0.

"That was our plan at halftime to just give him the ball and let our lineman up front do some work," DeGeorge said.

The Blue Streaks' final touchdown came on a 86-yard run from junior running back Avery Keith.



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