October 23, 2011

Epitropoulos and UA come up short

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One of the biggest high school football games in Ohio this weekend took place in suburban Columbus as Hilliard Davidson hosted Ohio State commit Frank Epitropoulos and Upper Arlington with a league championship on the line. Davidson dominated the fourth quarter en route to a 25-7 victory, wrapping up another OCC title for the Wildcats.

"They just had a couple of momentum runs and we chipped away (at the lead) a little bit but we let them make a couple of big plays and we couldn't bounce back from that," said Epitropoulos. "It's all about big plays."

Davidson held a 10-0 lead at halftime but Upper Arlington showed some life in the third quarter with a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 10-7. The momentum wouldn't last long, however, as Davidson would pick up a safety to make 12-7 and then drove down the field and scored on a halfback pass by Tyler Talbott to go up 18-7 in the fourth quarter.

Davidson's triple option offense kept Epitropoulos and the UA offense off the field for most of the game. Not being able to go out and make plays was frustrating for the talented receiver.

"It's frustrating," Epitropoulos admitted. "It's tough to defend because it's up to assignment football and you have to do your job and stop them and keep their offense away from the ball. We played hard one-hundred percent of the time but they had the edge on us today. Hopefully we can get back at them in the playoffs."

Epitropoulos and his teammates have no time to feel sorry for themselves as a big game against Dublin Coffman looms next week. Heading into the game the Golden Bears are not guaranteed of a playoff spot so while this isn't necessarily a must win by definition, a loss could provide enough room for other teams to steal UA's spot in the Region 3 playoffs.

"It's not easy (to get over the loss)," he said. "We need to look forward to next week and focus on that and get into the playoffs."

Epitropoulos has been a regular at Ohio State home games this fall and he enjoyed watching the Buckeyes get a big road win over Illinois last weekend.

"I watched it and I was pretty impressed with the running game," he said. "Whatever it takes to get the job done and get a 'W' I'll accept that."

Epitropoulos confirmed his intentions to be at next weekend's game against Wisconsin. The game will likely be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Ohio State.


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