TORONTO - A strong second-half effort on both sides of the football prompted Toronto's first victory, 28-14, against Valley on Friday at Clark Hinkle Field.
"We felt we had to run the ball inside," Toronto coach Eric Meek said. "(Steubenville Catholic) Central did a great job last week taking our outside run away. Valley tried to do the same thing to us this week. We got the ball up the middle. And once they moved down to stop that then we hit the big pass."
Valley pounded its way to a 14-6 halftime advantage primarily by riding its 305-pound fullback Spencer Mason.
Toronto’s Blaze Glenn rips off some yardage Friday night against Valley.
Mason rumbled to 57 yards and a touchdown during the first half of play. Toronto simply couldn't bring down the massive runner with two or even three tacklers.
Toronto managed a Billy Solomon touchdown in the first half, but the Lumberjacks held Meek's squad in check for the most part. The tide began to turn when the Red Knights came onto the field in the second half.
A Chez Glenn return to the 48-yard line on the opening kickoff got Toronto started on the right foot. Three plays was all it took for the Red Knights to score their second touchdown.
On first-and-10 from the 13-yard line, Glenn took a simple handoff and two jump cuts later he was in the end zone.
Toronto trailed 14-12 and attempted a two-point conversion. Blaze Glenn took the snap and rolled to his right.
Valley clogged the passing lanes. Blaze Glenn then quickly whipped the ball across his body to a darting Joey Chadwick. The receiver reached back and over his head to snag the ball for a successful conversion. Toronto tied the scored 14-14 with 10:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Blaze Glenn then turned the tables on Valley from his safety position. The Lumberjacks didn't pass the ball often - eight times in total - but during the ensuing drive after Toronto's tying score, Blaze Glenn snatched an interception to quickly give the ball back to Toronto. It proved crucial, because the Red Knights scored the go-ahead touchdown after the turnover.
Toronto's third scoring drive started at its 39-yard line. Blaze Glenn completed a quick pass to Stewart. Blaze and Chez Glenn then traded carries to get the Ride Knights to Valley's 35-yard line. Stewart managed an 18-yard reception for Toronto to keep the drive alive on third-and-long. The drive ended with a 1-yard Chez Glenn touchdown plunge.
Glenn finished the game with 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Toronto late made a goal line stand, but it was 99 yards away from the end zone. It didn't prove too hard to overcome.
The Red Knights managed one first down to start the series. Blaze Glenn then rolled to his right on second-and-6 from the 22-yard line, but no on was open. He decided to tuck the football and run. He cut against the grain of Valley's pursuit and lived up to his name by scorching the defense for a 78-yard touchdown scamper. Blaze Glenn tallied 164 rushing yards.