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Red Knights entertain winless Hundred

October 18, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer (fyounce@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - The Toronto Red Knights enter their Week 8 match up with winless Hundred coming of a two-game losing streak. For head coach Eric Meek and his squad it's time to put the past behind them and focus on the present and future of the program.

"It's amazing, kids sure do handle adversity better than adults do," he said. "We've had a good week of practice so far. Can't worry about what's happened. We have to worry about this week. It is the last home game for our five seniors. We need to worry about that.

"Not about what happened or could of been. We want to sent the seniors out at Clarke Hinkle Stadium with a win. We're playing for our seniors and our future.

"We feel we have a bright future. We need to focus on the positives."

One of those positives is that despite six turnovers last week against Conotton Valley, the Red Knights showed explosiveness on offense they hope to carry over to this week.

"It was a real battle out there," said Meek. "Both teams fought really hard to the end. Offensively, against a big physical team like Conotton Valley, we turned the ball over six times and scored 32 points.

"We did a lot of good things but you can't turn it over six times. You have to wonder how many points we might of scored if we didn't turn it over six times."

Quarterback Blaze Glenn completed 13 of 24 for 306 yards and two scores and ran for 70 more stripes. Chez Glenn caught five passes for 172 yards and the six-pointer. Charles Ross III caught a 66-yard touchdown strike as well.

Toronto looks to build on that offensive success against a tough, but injured Hornets' defense.

"Defensively they seem to play hard and they had some injury problems and are trying to heal up," said Meek. "We saw them in person last week and on films, and they are a young team, like us, trying to find some success."

Offensively Hundred relies heavily on their signal caller and like to cause confusion with non-traditional sets.

"Their quarterback, No. 1, is very fast and quick," said Meek. "He can really run the ball and is dangerous with that.

"They do things a little unorthodox. They run an offensive set where they spread the field with seven on one side and three on the other. They spread it out in an unorthodox way.

"We need to be ready to play some football. They haven't had any success this year but they will be ready to play Friday night."

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.