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Toronto’s Meek Hands Offensive Keys to Glenn

Club is older, wiser this year

August 28, 2013
By FRED YOUNCE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

TORONTO - One year older, Toronto returns talent and confidence.

That confidence may not be more evident than in the Red Knights' second-year starter at quarterback, sophomore Blaze Glenn, who threw for threw for 1,073 yards with nine scores and nine interceptions while rushing for 539 yards and six more scores.

"I think he understands the system better," Toronto coach Eric Meek said. "We've added more of our playbook this year. We didn't throw a lot at him as a freshman. He has just enough of a chip on his shoulder that I like. He's a good kid, and he is confident in himself. He's not afraid to compete.

"I've told him a dozen times this summer and spring if he makes good decisions I'll give him the green light to take chances. I think he'll do that. He understands the game of football pretty well."

Backing up Glenn is Blaine Rawson with Dan Zdinak and Ty West battling to add depth at the position.

Expect to see three players line up at running back with returning players Charles Ross III, Chez Glenn, and Chantz Cassella. Chez Glenn led the team in rushing in 2013 with 563 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also led in receiving yards with 393 and receiving touchdowns, with four.

Zdinak and Max Tice are pushing for time in the backfield as well with Derick Lawrence and Tom Fordham also in the mix. Toronto's running backs will also line up in the slot at times.

Nate Stewart returns at wideout and proved to be a solid outlet for Blaze Glenn last season, leading the team with 19 receptions to go with 160 yards. He is being pushed by Rawson and Donnie Starkey. Joe Jordan, Sam Pinkerton, Ryan Cline, Logan Allen, West, and Justice Ross are all fighting to get on the field as well.

"Stewart is a very good possesion receiver," Meek said. "The good thing about it, is with him and Rawson and Starkey, we have possesion guys.

"With our running backs in slot we get speed out there with Ross, Chez Glenn, and other kids as well.

"If teams go all out to stop our run we'll put the ball up, and not be afraid to do so."

A trio of Red Knights is battling at tight end with Cody King, Hayden Saner, and Joe O'Brien all hoping to man the position.

The place expected the see the most improvement is across the front line. Meek believes an improved offensive line will facilitate good things for his ballclub.

Dylan Warren looks to start at center with Wellsville transfer Jarin McIntosh pushing him for time after he sits out the first five games. Dan Braniff is also vying for time.

Drew Lowery, Tyler Miller, and Alec Haynes are fighting for the guard slots with Josh Roche, Billy Solomon, Jordan Allen, and Tim West battling at tackle.

Others pushing for time on the offensive line are Mitch Reese, Ben Davis, Joven Householder, Sean Spence, Shawn MacGregor, James Reed, and Griffen Allison.

Meek is to the point when he describes what needs to happen in order for his team to improve on defense.

Helping that cause is a roster that grew from 31 to 37 players, and the knowledge he can can go a little deeper to his bench than last season.

Lawrence returns at inside linebacker as the team's leading tackler with Lowery and King also expected to see time there. Reese and Braniff are hoping to get in the mix as well.

The quartet of Starkey, Stewart, Chez Glenn, and Saner are vying for the outside linebacker spots. Tom Fordham remains in the hunt for playing time as well.

The defensive front will see Solomon, Haynes, and West lining up at defensive tackle. Davis, Warren, and MacGregor are also looking for playing time.

Roche, Miller, Jordan Allen, and McIntosh are expected to take turns manning defensive end with Householder, Spence, Reed, O'Brien, and Allison hoping to make their mark as well.

Charles Ross III is the man at safety with Blaze Glenn, Zdinak, and Cassella playing at corner. Jordan, Justice Ross, Pinkerton, Cline, Logan Allen, and West are all in the mix in the defensive backfield.

Blaze Glenn will handle the punting duties with Zdinak kicking extra points and kicking off.

Seniors

Logan Allen, Jordan Allen, Ryan Cline, Chez Glenn, Derick Lawrence, Jarin McIntosh, Tyler Miller, Shawn MacGregor, Sam Pinkerton, Josh Roche, Justice Ross, Billy Solomon.

Juniors

Alec Haynes, Mitch Reese, James Reed, Charles Ross III, Nate Stewart.

Sophomores

Chantz Cassella, Blaze Glenn, Cody King, Drew Lowery, Joe Jordan, Blaine Rawson, Hayden Saner, Sean Spence, Donnie Starkey, Tim West,

Freshmen

Griffen Allison, Dan Braniff, Ben Davis, Thomas Fordham, Joven Householder, Joe O'Brien, Max Tice, Dylan Warren, TY West, Danny Zdinak

 
 

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