OAK HILLS • Marshaun Coprich said he wasn't tired.
His shoulder pads — stained with sweat, grass and who knows what else — said otherwise.
His second half stats alone said otherwise after carrying the ball 25 times through a hard-hitting Silverado defense.
But when you are 5-0, everything feels pretty good.
Coprich and the Bulldogs came up big in the second half to beat Silverado 20-6 on Friday night at Oak Hills Stadium. It was both teams' final tests before opening league play next week.
"We feel really great," Coprich said.
He finished the game with 188 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, including 12 straight carries on an 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter to knock Silverado out of the game.
The Bulldogs almost completely abandoned the pass in the second half, throwing just twice and putting the ball in Coprich's hands for 19 straight plays at one point.
"When it starts working, yeah, that's the plan," said Oak Hills head coach Robert Kistner of going to the run exclusively.
Coprich gained just 45 yards in the first half, but in the second half adjusted his running to a soggy field while the Oak Hills offensive line reworked it's blocking assignments to control the line of scrimmage.
"We knew we had to get a hat on (Silverado linebacker Victor Iosefa)," Kistner said. "He was hurting us that first half. We did a couple of adjustments on blocking at half. (Coprich) danced a little bit in the first half. He needs to just hit the hole quicker. He started doing that second half and it was better for us."
The teams played fairly evenly in the first half as the Bulldogs held a 7-6 lead while Silverado outgained them 90-82.
Neither offense could get going with both defenses playing strong on a sloppy field. But Coprich got the Oak Hills offense moving in the second half while Silverado gained just 18 yards.
The Hawks (0-5) enter Desert Sky League play winless for the second time in four seasons, and there are plenty of reasons for concern. While the defense made life miserable for Oak Hills for most of the game, the offense never got going and was plagued by turnovers.
Quarterback Rishon Perez was intercepted three times, equaling the number of completions he had on a 3 of 15 night. The Hawks also fumbled thrice, losing the ball once.
"We had plenty of opportunities all game long created by our defense and all game long we did not get it done," Silverado head coach Carl Posey said. "It's one of those things you hope you can see improvement. You hope you can get it done offensively, but right now it looks pretty bad."
Oak Hills scored its first touchdown thanks to generous field position from the Hawks. Silverado tried to go for it on fourth-and-one from their own 32 and was stuffed for a two-yard loss.
Posey said he wanted to help generate momentum for his struggling offense but regretted the decision by the end of the night.
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