When interviewed in the preseason, Cloverleaf High School football coach Bob Lake described this year’s team as a veteran-laden squad determined to have success and bounce back from the disappointing 4-6 record it posted in 2011.
“We must find a way to win games – on defense, on offense, with a fake punt or field goal, with a flea flicker [or another ]trick play; whatever it takes,” Lake said in August. “We have 22 seniors who are hungry to win.”
Through the season’s first three weeks, the Colts (3-0) have done nothing but win and have established themselves as one of the state’s best Division II teams.
Cloverleaf outscored its three nonconference opponents by a combined score of 126-30 and enters Suburban League play tonight at Nordonia having received votes in this week’s Associated Press state media poll.
At the start of two-a-days, Lake – who began his second stint at the helm of the Colts this season – labeled the play of the squad’s offensive line as it as its biggest question mark and weakness.
“The offensive line must develop, be physical and tough,” Lake said at the time.
Thus far, the unit has done just that, helping the Colts run for an average of 313.3 yards per game in its three blowout victories over Medina Buckeye (47-2), Medina (24-8) and Akron North (55-20).
Devin Cunningham, Brandon Zajaczkowski and JD Schleich have all already rushed for more than 100 yards this season.
Cloverleaf runs its offense primarily out of the spread formation with some plays operated out of the I-formation. The Colts employ a 50 shade defensive scheme.
Kickoff at Nordonia is set for 7 p.m.
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