Zion Chapel can play role of spoiler

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, October 24, 2013

Zion Chapel head coach Bradley Bowers has been on both sides of games like Friday.

Over his career, he has been part of games where his teams have had everything to lose. He has also coached teams that have played the role of spoiler.

Friday night Bowers’ Zion Chapel Rebels will be the latter.

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Zion is winless in 2013, and has not played a team closer than 26 points all season. But the first-year head coach feels that his squad might have a little magic in the tank for the final two games of they season.

“We have nothing to lose from here on out,” Bowers said. “We have played looser the last few weeks, and I think that has helped us. It hasn’t shown on the scoreboard, but we have been playing much better football in the second half of the season.”

Zion Chapel’s has struggled on both sides of the ball this season. The Rebels have mustered more than eight points in a game just two times, and have been shutout three times.

The defense has given up at least 38 points in every game this season, with five teams scoring at least 55.

Bowers said the defense will be key on Friday night, and his team has to be aware of “dang good” Goshen quarterback Deangelo Orum.

“He is so talented,” Bowers said. “He can make plays with his arm and with his feet. They have some plays that they base their offense off of, but they like to get their athletes out in space, and let them make plays. Orum is the driving force with their offense, so stopping him will be key.”

Bowers was the defensive coordinator last year at Zion Chapel, and remembers last year’s 35-32 loss well.

“It was one of those games that was probably a lot more fun to watch than it was to coach,” Bowers said. “We got ahead early and then lost all the momentum. We must play mistake free football Friday night, and play loose and have fun.”