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Copley football team looking to end season on winning note

10/31/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

COPLEY — The Copley High School football team will wrap up its season with a game against Revere High School tomorrow, Nov. 1, and head coach Ron Viscounte said he would like to see his team wrap up the season by playing a good, consistent game.

“I think we need to play four complete quarters, and I don’t think we’ve done that very often this year,” the coach said. “We’ve gone through spurts where we’ve played very well, but we’ve had games where we started out slowly or we kind of faded away towards the end of the ballgame. I am looking for us to complete four quarters of football. It’s the last game of the season, and we want to go out on a positive note. We want to show ourselves what we are capable of doing.”

On the season, Copley has compiled a 4-5 overall record, including a 1-5 mark in the Suburban League.

“We certainly have some skilled players and we have some good athletes,” he said. “I think we’ve gone against some very tough competition and our kids have played hard for the most part, but weren’t able to get over the hump in several of those games. The kids played to the best of their abilities, but we just weren’t able to pull out victories.”

According to the coach, the team has shown “a lot of improvement” during the course of this season.

“We’ve certainly seen some improvement at positions where we had some new faces,” he said. “And some of the kids who were returning starters have matured in the positions they’re in. But, yeah, we certainly have seen some growth.”

Viscounte said several seniors have had strong seasons on offense.

“Costa Janos and Dylan Draper have done a really solid job as senior leaders on that offensive line,” the coach said. “Receivers Milton Greer and Will Thomas each have 25 catches thus far this season. And our quarterback, John Kromalic, has done a nice job distributing the ball.”

In the backfield, Viscounte said, the team has employed a running-back-by-committee approach.

“We’ve kind of shared the running back position with several people, but the two leading ground-gainers are Aulden Knight and Oliver Johnson,” he stated. “They have carried the load for the most part, but we have had several kids carry the ball for us and they’ve done a nice job.”

On the whole, Viscounte said, the team’s offensive performance has been “sporadic.”

“There have been times where we’ve looked very good and we’re clicking on all cylinders, and there are times where we’ve really struggled to put together first downs and to sustain drives,” he said. “So it’s been really up and down for us on offense this year.”

On defense, the coach said, the team has been “really solid” — particularly against the run.

“Our leading tackler is Oliver Johnson, who plays linebacker for us,” he said. “Our entire defensive line has done a real nice job. Our senior defensive ends, Chance Jones and Brian Reinke, have done nice jobs. Sophomore Arman Samouk has been really active as a defensive tackle, as has Christian Burke, who is a junior defensive tackle.”

The team will graduate plenty of seniors from this year’s team, but Viscounte said he is confident there are players in the program ready to step up and take the field.

“Every year, you have a new group of kids that you need to step up and fill in the spots,” he stated. “Although we will have some key spots to fill in, I think that’s typical of any given year. You’re going to have some big shoes to fill.”

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