COPLEY — Senior receiver Dominick Glenn proved to be the difference in Twinsburg’s 21-20 win in double overtime Friday night at Copley.
Glenn scored the deciding touchdown despite a big hit by junior defensive back Aaron Clayton that made both players get up slowly.
“That’s tremendous concentration to come down with that ball,” Tigers coach coach Mike Bell said of Glenn, who also scored his team's first points of the season on a 62-yard jet sweep run.
“He’s so darn athletic. He’s fast as lightning. I don’t know if there are too many guys faster than him on a football field.”
Glenn provided a spark to an offense that was struggling after senior quarterback Aiden Carrigan went down with cramps with 8:58 left in the second quarter. Senior Ryan Christensen replaced him and finished with 41 passing yards.
“We’ve been in a rotation all summer long,” Bell said. “It wasn’t until going into our third scrimmage that we decided on Aiden. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have confidence in Ryan Christensen. We tell him every day to be ready for situations like this, and I believe he was. I’m happy for him.”
Penalties derailed Twinsburg drives constantly, including a red zone opportunity botched by back-to-back holding penalties. Bell said he is focused on decreasing the penalties moving forward.
“Our willingness to compete has improved,” he said. “ We still see things that need corrected, but they’re correctable things.”
Copley was limited offensively, mainly because of a lower leg injury to starting quarterback junior Joe Reho, who was helped off the field after a 15-yard completion to junior receiver Jim Christian midway through the third quarter.
After Reho was replaced by senior Jackson Madden, the Indians mostly ran the ball with Madden and three running backs, mainly senior Morece Reed.
An interception by Twinsburg’s Emile Levert halted a promising late fourth-quarter drive by the Indians, who also fell to Twinsburg in last year's season opener. The, during the first overtime, both teams were limited by penalties.
After a Glenn’s touchdown catch, Madden found junior receiver Darryl Pringle on a fade to the deep right corner of the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 7, and Pringle wrestled the ball away from Glenn for the touchdown.
Copley elected to go for the two-point conversion, but the pass fell incomplete.
Reho was on crutches after the game, but Bell said he thinks Carrigan’s cramps will be avoidable in the future.
“We’ll talk to him, and we’ll get that squared away,” Bell said. “In these early games we’re trying to avoid that with proper nutrition and hydration.”