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Red Knights get defensive in road win

September 14, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

FAIRPORT HARBOR - The Toronto football team took advantage of six turnovers for a 34-14 victory over host Fairport Harding Friday night.

The 2-1 Red Knights visit rival Steubenville Catholic Central (3-0) one week from tonight.

"Fairport Harding was really a scrappy team, they played really hard and posed some problems for us," said Red Knights coach Eric Meek. "Our defense played a whale of a game."

The Red Knights held the Skippers to negative-2 yards rushing on 24 carries.

"Our defense put is in good position all night," said Meek. "Overall, we did really well on special teams. Again, we played good defense and, offensively, we played well at times.

"It is great to get the win and come home 2-1."

Fact Box

Toronto 34, Fairport Harding 14

Toronto 7 13 7 7 - 34

Fairport 0 0 6 8 - 14

T: 5:39 Zdinak 30 pass from B. Glenn (Zdinak kick)

T: 7:45 King 1 run (Zdinak kick)

T: 5:10 Ross III 2 run (kick failed)

F: 6:55 O'Donnell 1 run (pass failed)

T: 6:33 C. Glenn 64 run (Lowery kick)

T: 11:53 Stewart 11 pass from B. Glenn (Lowery kick)

F: 11:40 Shelby 63 pass from Shelby (Williams pass from O'Donnell)

RUSHING: Toronto 35-203-3 (C. Glenn 6-128-1, Cassella 7-44, B. Glenn 12-17, Ross III 8-12-1, King 1-1-1, Tice 1-1). Fairport 24-(-2) (Sprague 6-20, Johnson 4-12, Spring 8-6, O'Donnell 6-(-40)-1).

PASSING: Toronto 10-18-125-2-2x (B. Glenn 10-17-125-2-1x, Stewart 0-1-0-0-1x); Fairport 16-29-205-1-3x (O'Donnell 16-28-205-1-2x, Curtis 0-1-0-0-1x).

RECEIVING: Toronto (C. Glenn 3-41, Zdinak 2-31-1, Starkey 1-28, Stewart 1-11-1, Cassella 1-7, Tice 1-7, Ross III 1-0). Fairpoprt (Severino 7-86, Williams 4-31, Shelby 3-80-1, Johnson 1-5, Spring 1-3.

FIRST DOWNS: Toronto 13, Fairport 12.

PENALTIES: Toronto 5-50, Fairport 6-60.

FUMBLES: Toronto 1-0, Fairport 6-3.

Senior Chez Glenn ran the ball six times for 128 yards and a 64-yard touchdown run. He also caught three balls for 41 yards.

The Red Knights totaled 328 yards offensively and gave up 203.

Toronto got on the board with 5:39 left in the first quarter when Dan Zdinak hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Blze Glenn. Cody King scored from the 1 with 7:45 left before half and Charles Ross III from the 2 2:35 later for a 20-0 lead at the break.

Fairport got on the baord at the 6:55 mark of the third quarter, but Glenn's 64-yard jaunt happened 22 seconds later for a 27-6 lead.

The Red Knights closed their scoring seven seconds in the final period when Nate Stewart grabbed an 11-yard toss from Blaze Glenn.