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Knights back on winning side of things

October 5, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

TORONTO - Eric Meek notched the 100th win of his career on Friday.

His team, points-wise, was halfway there.

The Toronto Red Knights rolled over Bellaire St. John, 58-13, for the historic milestone of Meek's storied career.

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BIG NIGHT — Toronto’s Blaze Glenn looks for an open teammate during Friday’s 58-13 victory over St. John Central on Homecoming.

"It's a credit to a supportive wife, great assistants and amazing kids," Meek said. "It can be a brutal profession, but it's so rewarding."

St. John coach Jeff Paolina has great respect for Meek, and anyone who has been in the profession for so long.

"He's made a great career out of coaching," Paolina said. "He always has his kids ready to play."

Fact Box

Toronto 58, St. John 13

St. John 0 7 0 6 - 13

Toronto 13 21 18 6 - 58

T: Ross III 23 run (kick failed)

T: B. Glenn 47 run (Lowery kick)

SJ: Opic 73 pass from Whorton (Paolina kick)

T: Glenn 53 run (kick failed)

T: C. Glenn 3 run (run conversion)

T: C. Glenn 80 run (Lowery kick)

T: C. Glenn 8 run (kick failed)

T: Cassella 1 run (conversion failed)

T: Zdinak 7 run (conversion failed), 6:36

SJ: Coppa 60 run (conversion failed), 3:57

RUSHING: Toronto (C. Glenn 7-116, B. Glenn 3-101, Ross 4-60, Cassella 6-53, Tice 3-51, King 2-41, Zdinak 3-24, Fordham 2-7, Rawson 2-(-1)); SJ (Coppa 6-64, Cervelli 8-18, Busack 3-9, Paolina 12-9, Whorton 1-(-1), Ogden 2-(-8).

PASSING: Toronto (B. Glenn 4-4-0-0-90); SJ (Paolina (2-10-1-0-40; Whorton 1-1-1-74)

RECEIVING: Toronto (C. Glenn 2-12; Ross 1-48; King 1-30); SJ (Opic 1-74); Bossell (1-32, Whorton 1-8)

FIRST DOWNS: Toronto 18; SJ 9

PENALTIES: Toronto 10-88; SJ 4-25

FUMBLES: Toronto 1-0; SJ 4-3

Last year, the Fighting Irish led the Red Knights by two scores at halftime. This year, Toronto was up 34-7.

The Red Knights (3-3) used big plays from Blaze Glenn and Chez Glenn to spark their first half.

Chez Glenn led the rushing attack with 116 yards on just seven carries, while Blaze, just a sophomore, carried just three times for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Blaze scored on runs of 47 and 53 runs.

"Those were broken plays, too," Meek said. "He has great field vision to make something happen out of nothing. It was a tremendous effort by Blaze and our senior-laden offensive line."

Added Blaze, "I'm not really thinking about anything (on those runs). I just trusted my line and went with it."

Chez Glenn scored on a 3 yard run and an 80 yard run to close out the half.

St. John (0-6) scored in the first quarter on a 73-yard pass from running back Kyle Whorton to Cameron Opic.

"We just can't run halfback passes all the time," Paolina said, laughing.

The Red Knights limited the Fighting Irish to just 50 total yards and forced three fumbles.

Charles Ross, Donnie Starkey, Danny Zdinak and Chantz Cassella also scored rushing touchdowns for Toronto. On the last possession of the game, Kyle Coppa closed the scoring on St. John's last possession with a 60-yard touchdown run.

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