COPLEY TWP.: The Nordonia football team only needed the services of brothers Tyler Alders and Alex Alders for three quarters Friday night at Copley.
The reason why was simple — the Knights secured a victory before the fourth quarter started from the play of the Alders brothers and a cast of others.
The Nordonia offense clicked and its defense limited Copley for most of the game in a convincing 38-0 win between Suburban League foes at Copley Stadium.
“We talked about coming out fast from play one, which we did not do last week [in Green],” Nordonia coach Jeff Fox said. “We really got our passing game going from play one. Tyler and Alex made some nice plays, and we blocked well. The defense played fast, too. It was a total team effort.
“Our defense, they were relentless with the way they pursued the ball. That was fun to watch.”
Nordonia (5-1, 3-0) dispatched Copley (4-2, 1-2) quickly by scoring on its opening three possessions. The Knights will host the Tallmadge Blue Devils (5-1, 3-0) next week.
“We knew it was going to be a big game this week,” senior quarterback-punter Tyler Alders said. “Copley is a great team. We just played fast like we always do. We attacked their secondary like we wanted to and made big plays.”
Tyler Alders completed 13-of-25 passes for 296 yards and three touchdown passes.
Sophomore Alex Alders made an impact as a wide receiver, running back and defensive back. He had nine receptions for 164 yards and three receiving touchdowns, to go along with a rushing touchdown and an interception.
The Alders brothers played pitch and catch in the first quarter as the Knights led 14-0 after two possessions.
Tyler threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Alex with 8:43 remaining in the first. The duo then connected on a 8-yard touchdown with 3:16 left in the first.
“We knew we had to execute our passing game early,” Alex Alders said. “Our blocking downfield after the catches was great and helped make a lot of those plays go for such big gains.”
Nordonia added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 28-0. Junior running back Jordan Nobles sprinted for a 41-yard touchdown with 11:27, and Alex Alders rushed for a 59-yard touchdown with 40.9 seconds to go.
Nordonia was not done scoring though as Copley lost a fumble that Knights junior Victor Hudson recovered with 11.4 seconds left in the quarter.
Two plays later, senior kicker Ryan Bauer converted a 49-yard field goal as time expired to push Nordonia’s advantage to 31-0 at halftime.
The Knights held the Indians to 43 yards of total offense in the first half and gained 282 yards.
Nordonia made it 38-0 with 11:04 to go in the third quarter when the Alders brothers hooked up again, this time for a 58-yard touchdown play.
Nobles rushed for 117 yards on 12 carries with blocking from an offensive line that consists of seniors Mike Walters, Marcus Murray, Kenyon Lee and Ben Helkowski, junior Brandon Rem and sophomore Cameron Bell.
The Knights defense notched a shutout by limiting Indians standout senior running back Aregeros Turner to 63 yards rushing on 24 carries and to four receptions for 25 yards.
Hudson had two sacks. Senior Evan Dalzell, senior Grant Shepherd and sophomore Nick Grayson had one sack. Junior Alex Woicehovich forced a fumble forced that Dalzell recovered, and senior Brandon Hrelja was solid at linebacker.
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