Quiet Coplon makes big plays in second half for Rams


A.J. Coplon shows the football after recovering a fumble in the second half for Havelock.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 08:45 PM.

A.J. Coplon is by nature a mild-mannered, quiet young man. Few are louder on the football field.

Coplon was a defensive sparkplug in the Rams’ 55-21 state championship victory over Concord Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

Coplon scored a touchdown off a 61-yard fumble return and stripped and recovered another fumble.

"On the return, I just knew I had to make a play and saw the football and picked it up and ran," Coplon said.

That play came on Concord’s first possession of the second half. Coplon’s touchdown gave the Rams a 28-21 lead, a lead the Rams would never lose.

On the next Spiders’ drive, Coplon reached into the arms of running back Rocky Reid and stripped the ball onto the ground before promptly pouncing on it for the recovery.

"We do a scope and score drill every week in practice. We practice stripping the ball," Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant said. "People always look at fumbles and say, ‘well if they hadn’t fumbled.’ Well, if we don’t teach stripping the ball, then we don’t get fumbles. If we don’t teach scope and score, than we don’t get that."

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