Toronto, Leetonia to resume at 1 p.m. today

Toronto’s Kobe Herrick reaches for the end zone against Leetonia on Friday. (Photo by Michael D. McElwain)

TORONTO — The Toronto football team scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead against Leetonia at halftime Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field.

The game entered a lightning delay seven minutes into halftime. After multiple delays, the game was suspended 35 minutes later, and it will resume at 1 p.m. today.

“I wish we were still playing,” Toronto (1-3) head coach Josh Franke said. “I am bitterly disappointed we could not continue tonight.”

The Red Knights will receive the kickoff to start the second half.

“We would rather be up 14-0 than down 14-0,” Leetonia (3-1) head coach Paul Hulea said. “Our kids played hard. Their kids played hard.”

The game was scoreless after the first quarter.

Toronto opened the scoring less than four minutes into the second quarter when Frank Fulton hauled in a 12-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Caleb Leasure to make the score 6-0. After a bad snap, holder Zach Stackhouse ran in for the two-point conversion, giving the Red Knights an 8-0 lead with 8:35 remaining in the second.

The Red Knights extended their advantage when Garrett Dozier ran up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown to increase Toronto’s lead to 14-0 with 2:50 left to play before halftime. There was another bad snap on the conversion try, and the attempted run for two points failed.

“Things were going great,” Franke said. “The momentum was strong. We were able to move the ball. Now, we are going to have to go home and come back tomorrow. We are going to be starting from scratch.”

Kobe Herrick recorded 42 yards on eight carries to lead the way on the ground for Toronto, while Dozier ran three times for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Tristan Thomas led Toronto with one catch for 18 yards. His reception came off of a fake punt from Isaac Miller.

Marco Ferry leads the way on the ground for the Bears with 23 yards on 11 carries.

“It seemed like the weather was bad when we had the ball, but the weather was better when they had the ball,” Hulea said.

Toronto is looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

“This definitely favors Leetonia,” Franke said. “We were moving the ball really well. Now, they get to go home, talk things over, look at the film, make adjustments and come up with a new plan.”

Leetonia is hoping to avoid losing its second-straight game.

“Things like this always favors the home team,” Hulea said.