WELLSVILLE - The Toronto Red Knights ran into an orange and black steamroller on the road Saturday as the Wellsville Tigers pounded out 400 yards rushing on 40 carries en route to 42-13 win.
The Tigers attack featured four different ball carriers with at least 70 yards on the ground. Leading rusher Marcus Moxley accounted for 137 tallies and a touchdown with Brendan Carr pounding out 93 yards and two scores, Zack Mellott gaining 92 and scoring once, and quarterback Jordan Sloan traveling 70 yards and crossing the goal line twice.
Sloan added 22 yards passing to put the entire quartet with at least 92 yards of offense.
CAUGHT — A Wellsville defender tries to tackle Toronto’s Blaze Glenn while Red Knights teammate Charles Ross III looks on. The Tigers opened the season with a 42-13 victory.
With the score 14-0 Tigers and 1:30 left in the first quarter the Red Knights began a drive that seemed to swing momentum in their direction. Moving the ball 56 yards on 11 plays, Toronto found the end zone at the 7:48 mark of the second quarter when Blaze Glenn hit Joey Chadwick for a 10-yard score on a fourth and 5 play. That was the second fourth down conversion of the drive as Glenn hit Kyle White for a 25-yard pick up on a previous fourth and 5 attempt. Zach Price punched through the extra point for the 14-7 score.
That was the score going into the half with Toronto getting the ball to start the third quarter.
"The kids played hard," said Toronto head coach Eric Meek. "I was real happy with the effort in the first half. We just have to get better."
Wellsville 42, Toronto 13
Toronto 0 7 0 6 - 13
Wellsville 14 0 14 14 - 42
W: Sloan 11 run (Lemasters kick)
W: Mellott 33 run (Lemasters kick)
T: Chadwick 10 pass from B. Glen (Price kick)
W: Carr 7 run (Lemasters kick)
W: Carr 49 run (Lemasters kick)
W: Sloan 8 run (Lemasters kick)
W: Moxley 1 run (Lemasters kick)
T: B. Glen 5 run (kick failed)
RUSHING: Toronto 46-98-1 (B. Glen 20-(-4)-1, C. Glen 13-38, Ross III 7-52, Miller 4-8, Cassella 1-5, King 1-(-1)); Wellsville 40-400-6 (Moxley 16-137-1, Sloan 11-70-2, Carr 6-93-2, Mellott 6-92-1, Bradford 1-8).
PASSING: Toronto 11-22-149-1-2 (All by B. Glen); Wellsville 1-4-22-0-0 (All by Sloan.
RECEIVING: Toronto (Chadwick 4-64-1, White 4-54, C. Glenn 2-9, Lawrence 1-20); Wellsville (Bradford 1-22).
FIRST DOWNS: Toronto 15; Wellsville 18.
PENALTIES-YARDS: Toronto 7-55; Wellsville 6-59.
FUMBLES-LOST: Toronto 1-0; Wellsville 2-1.
Unfortunately the Red Knights were unable to capitalize on the opportunity to tie and then Wellsville began to impose its will at the line of scrimmage to roll up 28 straight points before Glenn was able to run the ball in from five yards out with 21 seconds left to make the final score 42-13.
Over the course of their four touchdown swing the Tigers received scores of 7 and 49 yards from Carr, 8 yards from Sloan, and 1 yard from Moxley.
"They have some good, hard running backs, and we're small, but spunky," said Meek. "I think they might have wore us down a little in the second half."
Wellsville scored on an 11-yard Sloan run and a 33-yard Mellott carry in the first quarter.
Glenn, a freshman quarterback making his first start, topped the Red Knights with 149 yards through the air. Chadwick had 64 tallies on four catches and White had 56 on four grabs as well.
"We have to balance out," said Meek. "I thought the passing game looked good at times.
"We have to get the running game going. They were a big, strong team. We just have to keep working."
Toronto (0-1) looks to bounce back Friday at 0-1 Bridgeport.
"We have Bridgeport next week and I think we just have to keep getting better and stay healthy," said Meek. "We had too many penalties in this game. We have to eliminate that and we will."