Toronto cruises

TORONTO – A slow start by Toronto against struggling Conotton Valley didn’t phase Red Knights head coach Eric Meek.

Everything worked according to plan.

“We were going to roll some clock,” Meek said. “We had some opportunities and didn’t cash in. We stayed with the gameplan and eventually started how we wanted to.”

The Rockets held Toronto scoreless in the first quarter, but a 20-point second quarter help jumpstart the Red Knights to a 32-6 victory on Friday.

“It was good that we threw the ball effectively in the first half and we ran it well later on,” Meek said.

After failing to establish an offensive rhythm in the first 12 minutes, Toronto (4-4) scored on its first possession in the second quarter when a 7-play drive ended with Charles Ross III pounding in a 1-yard score.

It fired up the Red Knights on both sides of the ball.

They immediately forced Conotton Valley (1-7) to a three-and-out. Toronto started its next possession on the Rockets 32-yard line. A 16-yard run by Chez Glenn set up a 16-yard touchdown pass from Blaze Glenn to Blaine Rawson. Cody King caught a short pass for a successful two-point conversion to put the Red Knights up, 14-0, at the 5:46 mark of the second quarter.

Danny Zdinak intercepted a Colton Cottis pass, three plays into the Rockets next drive. That set up another 16-yard passing touchdown score from Blaze Glenn to Justice Ross.

“Blaze made some good decisions out there,” Meek said. “And Chez did his thing.”

The older Glenn brother ran six times in the first half and exploded in the second with two touchdown runs of 56 and 34 yards.

“I found an opening and trusted my blockers as long as I could,” said Chez, who is being recruited by Bethany and Marietta. “I made one cut and could run free.”

He finished with 124 yards on 12 carries and Blaze added 27 yards on seven carries. Ross III added 14 yards on three carries as the Red Knights finished with 199 rushing yards on 38 attempts.

“We pretty much just wanted to run the ball more,” Chez said. “Just shove it down their throat a little bit.”

Throwing, Blaze was 7 of 11 with 78 yards.

“Overall, we’re very happy with the performance,” Meek said. “The defense did well and held their own.”

Toronto limited Conotton Valley to 116 rushing yards on 32 attempts and forced two fumbles.

The Rockets have been outscored 307-57 in their seven losses. They were coming off a 27-0 loss to Paden City in Week 7. Conotton Valley lists 21 players on its roster, 18 were dressed against Toronto, and two players were injured early in the game.

“We came out and played well,” said Rockets coach Eric Schumacher. “We were down some starters in the second quarter. I couldn’t have asked for a much better performance from them.”

Cottis found Brett Bower in the back left corner of the endzone as time expired in the fourth quarter for Conotton Valley’s only score.

“That’s one thing,” Schumacher said. “We wanted to make sure we got in the endzone. We didn’t score last week. That’s the thing we wanted to accomplish and we got that.”

The Red Knights were coming off a 32-18 loss on the road against Beallsville. This was their third-straight win at home, where they’ve outscored opponents, 131-64.

“We love playing at home,”?Chez Glenn said. “It won’t be easy next week against Hundred, but we’re ready to get going. We want to give them a good game.”

The Hornets are 1-6 with a Week 4 loss by forfeit to Clay-Battelle.