By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG — It’s the one statistic in football that can tell you a lot about a team: turnovers.
The more you create, the better your chances are at winning a game
Conversely, if you are on the negative side of turnovers, it can usually lead to a long season.
It is the latter scenario that coach Jason Hippenstiel is faced with again on Friday night as Central Columbia (2-4), which has dropped three straight games, plays host to Central Mountain in a non-league game.
“Way too many turnovers,” he said of the three-game losing streak. “We had six last week, four or five against Danville, I’m losing track.”
To compound the matter, the defense is not creating turnovers.
“I was much more pleased with the kids and their effort last week was great, but, we continue at times to be sloppy,” he said.
The majority of the turnovers have occurred on interceptions.
“The interceptions are not all of the quarterback’s fault,” Hippenstiel noted. “We have had bad routes, bad blocking.”
While the quarterback position was one of many skill positions in question coming into the season, Hippenstiel said that running back Dane Koch is averaging around 100 yards rushing per game and has scored a least one touchdown per game, according to Hippenstiel.
“We are happy looking into the future, but right now, we are not making the plays we have to,” Hippenstiel.
Central Mountain is 1-5 overall on the year with their lone win coming against Bellefonte on Sept. 20. In their five losses, they have been outscored, 256-138.
“They have a senior-led offensive line that likes to score a lot,” Hippenstiel said. “They give up a lot of points as well. They have really nice skilled kids, including Tyler Pavalko, who is there go-to guy.”
Pavalko leads the team in all-purpose yards with 1,095.
“He can play slot, quarterback in the wildcat formation and wide receiver, he’s a jack-of-all-trade player,” Hippenstiel noted.
“We have to cut down on turnovers and if we do that, we can compete with any football team,” Hippenstiel added. “We need more consistency on the offensive said of the ball and we have to be more physical on defense. At times, I think we are beating ourselves.”