Toronto Shuts Out Wildcats
Knowing that its last trip south of Jefferson County resulted in the team’s only loss of the season to date, Toronto wasted little time establishing dominance Friday night, scoring early and often against an under-manned Paden City squad.
Coach Eric Meek’s team scored five first-half touchdowns, four of them coming on a total of six plays, as the Red Knights rolled to their sixth victory in seven outings with a 49-0 victory against the Wildcats at Berger Field.
“I am very happy with this performance offensively,” Meek said. “Yeah, they stuffed us a few times and I wasn’t real happy with all the fumbles (six) and we misfired a couple of times, but for the most part we went out and got it done and did it quickly.”
Photo by Bruce Crawford / Paden City’s Hayden Hizer (7) tries to avoid Toronto defender Drew Lowery (27) during Friday’s matchup.
Toronto’s longest drive of the first half was its first as it needed seven plays to move 90 yards, the big play a 50-yard pass from Blaine Rawson to Ty West on the first offensive play. Drew Lowery capped the drive with an 8-yard run on first-and-goal with 4:55 showing on the clock. Danny Zdinak’s PAT made it 7-0.
Following a Paden City punt Blaze Glenn put his initial mark on the first half, faking a handoff up the middle before taking off down the sideline on a 51-yard run at 2:37 for a 14-0 score.
A three-play drive a short time later was capped by Rawson’s 45-yard keeper off of a scramble with five seconds to go in the first and was followed by Glenn’s 2-point run. West’s 66-yard burst down the sideline at the eight-minute mark of the second made it a 29-0 margin.
Another one-play drive and another Glenn touchdown run, this time from 28 yards out after an interception, capped the first-half onslaught at 36-0.
Toronto outgained the Cats by a 300-50 margin in the first half, with Paden City charted with negative-39 yards on the ground.
The Red Knights’ third and fourth one-play drives came late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, 93- and 71-yard touchdown runs by Max Tice. The visitors kicked one PAT and had the other blocked to provide the final outcome.
“Our defense was unbelievable again, as it has been all year, and we hit some real big plays,” Meek added. “When you play defense the way we have been playing it you are going to win some football games.
“We got out of here with no major injuries and we just need to continue to get and stay healthy, and hopefully we can keep winning football games into November.”
Paden City coach Brent Croasmun was complimentary of the Knights but at the same time not happy with how the end played out.
“We were very outmanned,” Croasmun said. “We dressed 17 and finished with 14 kids. But Toronto is a very good football team and they just lined up and pounded us. But I don’t understand why they felt they didn’t need to call off the dogs late.
“But I do want everyone to know that I am very proud and happy with my kids. These kids go out and play and never quit, and that is all I can ask. They play their hearts out every week.”
In the end the Red Knights piled up 529 total yards of offense, including 468 on the ground, while holding Paden City to 172, minus-17 rushing.