Toronto continues dominating everyone
TORONTO — Large margin of victories have become commonplace at Clarke Hinkle Field this century, and the fans in attendance Friday night in Toronto saw another game decided by double digits.
The Toronto football team scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, en route to shutting out Beallsville, 49-0, on homecoming night. The entire second half was played with a running clock.
“It was a good game,” Toronto (3-1) head coach Josh Franke said. “We got a lot of kids in. We got a lot of kids some experience, and that makes it a better night.”
The victory was the third straight for the Red Knights, and with the win Toronto moved up to sixth place in the Ohio Division VII, Region 25 rankings. Wellsville — which defeated Toronto, 26-15, in the season opener on the road — is tied with St. Thomas Aquinas for third place.
The Blue Devils had some chances to make some big plays and to score some points, but they were unable to convert on their opportunities.
“We had a guy wide open for a touchdown to start the game, and we missed him,” first-year Beallsville (1-3) head coach Rusty Lucas said. “No. 10 (Kolling Ludwig) was wide open. He ran a quarterback sweep. He was wide open, and we missed him. That cost us six points.
“We knew Toronto was a really good team. They have some good running backs, but they can also throw the ball. They did a good job in their passing game. They threw it more than they have been.”
Since the turn of the century, Toronto has played 104 games at home, and 84 of those games have been decided by 10 or more points. Overall, 20 games have been decided by nine or fewer points, 21 by 10-19 points, 24 by 20-29 points, 17 by 30-39 points, 18 by 40-49 points and four by 50-59 points.
Against Beallsville, Toronto totaled 618 yards of offense and seven touchdowns on 54 plays for an average of 11.44 yards per play. Defensively, the Red Knights limited the Blue Devils to 97 yards on 47 plays for an average of 2.1 yards per play.
The Red Knights rushed for 411 yards and four touchdowns on 37 carries, while throwing for 207 yards and three more scores.
Starting quarterback Caleb Leasure completed 10 of 15 passes for 169 yards. He threw two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Aiden Mick started the second half at quarterback, and he completed both of his passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Eleven players ran the ball for the victors. Garrett Dozier delivered 120 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. JoJo Savage rushed for 105 yards on seven carries. Tristan Thomas tallied 22 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Brendan Matyas tallied two receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. Shane Keenan collected two receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown, and Devin Carrao contributed one catch for a 24-yard touchdown.
Defensively, Jesse Fulton, Jayden Olesky and Matyas all intercepted a pass.
Beallsville used two quarterbacks, and the duo combined to complete 6 of 28 passes for 102 yards and three interceptions. Drew Phillips completed 6 of 23 passes for 102 yards and two interceptions, while Wyatt Brown did not complete a pass in five attempts, while also throwing an interception.
Three players ran the ball for the Blue Devils, and Phillips was the only one who produced positive yardage, as he ran the ball nine times for 17 yards.
Brandon Louden tallied two catches for 59 yards, including a 51-yarder in the third quarter. James Schnegg snagged three passes for 36 yards, and Ludwig caught one pass for seven yards.
“We have a lot of young guys,” Lucas said. “No. 7 (Louden) is tough. He’s only a sophomore. He is going to be really good.”
Leasure was intercepted on Toronto’s first offensive play of the game following a Beallsville punt, but Matyas intercepted a pass on the next play, and he returned it all the way for a touchdown only to see it called back because of a penalty.
On the next play, Dozier broke free for a 30-yard touchdown run, and Jesse Fulton kicked the extra point to give the Red Knights a 7-0 lead with 9:16 left in the first quarter.
A botched snap on a punt enabled Toronto to take over at the Beallsville 3. Following a 5-yard penalty, the Red Knights scored again when Keenan hauled in a 7-yard pass from Leasure, and the PAT made the score 14-0 with 7:30 left in the quarter.
A 13-yard run and the third extra point of the game gave Toronto a 21-0 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. Finally, a 14-yard run by Thomas followed by Ryan Matyas hauling in the two-point conversion pass from Zach Stackhouse made the score 29-0 with 37 seconds still showing on the scoreboard clock.
Brendan Matyas scored the final touchdown of the first half when he broke through the Beallsville defense for a 30-yard touchdown reception from Leasure to make the score 35-0. The extra point failed.
In the third, Mick ran for a 5-yard touchdown, and the PAT split the uprights, making the score 42-0 with 8:10 left to play in the quarter.
Corrao scored the team’s seventh touchdown when he hauled in a 24-yard pass from Mick. The extra point was true, making the score 49-0 with 8:59 left to play.
“With the few kids they have, they came out and battled,” Franke said. “They had some good plays. They are a hard-nosed football team.”
The Red Knights scored touchdowns on seven of their 11 drives. Two drives ended with interceptions, one coming in the end zone and another ending with a missed field goal. The last drive ended when Mick took a knee on the Blue Devils’ side of the field.
Olesky prevented the Blue Devils from scoring in the second half when he intercepted a pass near the goal line.
“We took one step forward and two steps back,” Lucas said. “We are trying to change the mentality. We are trying to change the mentality of Beallsville football. I was an assistant under Dave Caldwell. We are trying to change the mentality. It is tough. We are a work in progress. We are going to have to regroup and get ready for Valley.”
The last time the Red Knights and Blue Devils met was Week 7 of the 2016. Toronto won that game, 66-7, at home.
Toronto: Hosts Crestwood (4-0) on Friday.
“They are Division V,” Franke said. “They are a bigger school than we are. They have a nice team. We are excited to play them. It is going to be a test. We are going to get the opportunity to see where we are at as a football team.”
Toronto 49, Beallsville 0
Beallsville 0 0 0 0 — 0
Toronto 29-6-7-7 — 49
PASSING: Beallsville 6-28-102-0-3 (Phillips 6-23-102-0-2; Brown 0-5-0-0-2); Toronto 12-17-207-3-2 (Leasure 10-15-169-2-2; Mick 2-2-38-1-0)
RUSHING: Beallsville 19-(-5) (Phillips 9-17; Brown 4-(-10); Schnegg 6-(-12)); Toronto 37-411-4TDs (Leasure 1-(-5); Mick 5-8; Dozier 7-120 2TDs; Thomas 3-22 TD; Rawson 3-57; Savage 7-105; B. Matyas 2-21; R. Matyas 2-10; Stackhouse 1-18; Anderson 2-12
RECEIVING: Beallsville 6-102 (Schnegg 3-36; Louden 2-59; Ludwig 1-7); Toronto 12-207-3TDs (Keenan 2-38 TD; Berger 1-23; B. Matyas 2-45 TD; Stackhouse 1-0; Fulton 1-33; Dozier 2-30; Anderson 1-14; Corrao 1-24 TD)
FIRST DOWNS: Beallsville 6; Toronto 26
PENALTIES-YARDS: Beallsville 6-42; Toronto 15-125
FUMBLES-LOST: Beallsville 2-0; Toronto 1-0
PUNTS: Beallsville 5-41.6; Toronto 0-0