McKinley 8, GlenOak 6 (Fri Oct 1-2010)
Federal League Game at
Bob Commings Field, Plain Township
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McKinley stops critical conversion, tops GlenOak 8-6
Updated: Saturday, October 2, 2010
PLAIN TWP. Kyle Ohradzansky wasn't too worried.
McKinley's senior quarterback had just seen GlenOak recover a high snap and turn it into a touchdown. The Golden Eagles, thanks to the lifeline, were a 2-point conversion away from tying Fridayâ€™s Federal League high school football showdown with just over two minutes left in the game.
"We were confident we had it the whole time," Ohradzansky said.
He was right.
McKinley held on for an 8-6 win after the Bulldogs swarmed over Alex Meredith and stopped the GlenOak quarterback on the conversion. On a night when the Bulldogs made many big defensive plays, they saved their best for last.
â€œOur defense came up big," Ohradzansky said. â€œThose guys have been making big plays all year."
The Bulldogs won their second in a row and will head into next weekâ€™s home game against Perry 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. GlenOakâ€™s second straight loss drops the Eagles to 3-3 and 1-2.
McKinley slammed the door after Meredith scored the GlenOak touchdown from a yard out with 2:09 left.
â€œThat talks a lot about the character of our young men," Bulldogs head coach Ron Johnson said. â€œThey understand the big picture. They understand that you have to play every single second of every single game.
â€œOur young men did, regardless of the situation, regardless of the adversity. They stepped up and made plays when they had to."
GlenOak running back Briâ€™onte Dunn provided the biggest challenge of the season for McKinley's defense. The Ohio State recruit became a 1,000-yard rusher and scored 14 touchdowns during the first half of the season.
Dunn rushed for 103 yards Friday, but it wasn't easy. The Bulldogs held him to an average of 3.7 yards on 28 carries. It almost was reminiscent of last year's playoff game against GlenOak, when McKinley held Dunn to 71 yards.
Defensive back Freddie Burton finished with a team-best 11 tackles, while linebacker Chad Fite had seven tackles, including a few of Dunn in the fourth quarter.
"We want everybody to earn what they get," Johnson said. "We're going to play physical, two-fisted football, and Briâ€™onte makes you do that. He's a great back. He's not going to Ohio State by accident."
The game remained a scoreless deadlock until late in the third quarter. One big play changed all that.
Ohradzansky took off after beating a GlenOak blitz, took advantage of a key block from receiver Tyler Foster down the sideline and raced 60 yards for a touchdown. Taron Montgomery recovered a fumble on the extra-point attempt and ran in the conversion -- a play that loomed large at the end.
"It was a really emotional play," Ohradzansky said. "It really got our guys going."
Ohradzanskyâ€™s long touchdown run helped him become the Bulldogs' rushing leader with 89 yards.
The return of running back Elijah Farrakhan also gave McKinley's offense a lift. Farrakhan, who sat out two games with a knee injury, finished with 51 yards on 10 carries. His 14-yard run late in the game helped the Bulldogs run out the clock.
"I was a little nervous about how my knee would hold up, but I just went out there, played my game and ran hard," Farrakhan said.
Familiar foes: McKinley, GlenOak have split four games in two seasons
Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Safe to say there will be some unneighborly behavior between neighbors Friday night at Bob Commings Field.
GlenOak hosts McKinley at 7:30 in a game featuring 3-2 high school football teams that know each other quite well.
It will be the fifth meeting in three years between the two programs. The last two years, the team that lost in the regular season exacted its revenge in the playoffs.
â€œTheyâ€™ve all been tough, physical games," GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of speed. There are a lot of tough kids. it's a backyard, neighborhood-rival kind of game."
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it's hard to tell where McKinley ends and GlenOak begins, and vice versa, when it comes to district boundaries.
"We're right up against each other," McKinley coach Ron Johnson said. "A lot of kids live in the same neighborhood. it's just a brawl."
A loss would be severely damaging to either team's Federal League hopes and probably terminal in McKinley's case since it already sits 1-2 in the league. GlenOak, the defending champ, is 1-1. For playoff purposes, dropping to 3-3 would create a tough hill to climb for either squad.
Garcia knows what kind of challenge his Eagles have in the Bulldogs.
"They're loaded," Garcia said about McKinley. "They're probably the most talented team we've faced so far. They have great skill. They're huge up front on both sides of the ball.
â€œTheyâ€™ve dropped a couple of tough games. They easily could have won both. They're doing a lot of the same things we've done as far as making mistakes in the games they've lost."
For a couple of teams that had high hopes entering the season, Fridayâ€™s game has a heightened sense of urgency. Neither has played to its full potential yet.
"You put your backs against the wall," Garcia said. "We talked to the kids all week, even after the game last Friday, about, â€˜How do you respond to tough situations?' That's what lifeâ€™s all about, and the same holds true for football."
Job No. 1 for the Bulldogs is containing GlenOak running back Briâ€™onte Dunn, the owner of 1,263 rushing yards in five games and a verbal commitment to Ohio State.
"You have to make sure everybody does their job and holds their gap of responsibility," Johnson said about his defense. â€œPursue and get a lot of hats to the ball."
The Bulldogs have their own future Buckeye on the defensive line with senior end Steve Miller. The opposite defensive end, junior Se'Von Pittman, also possesses major-college talent.
"That's really the group that stands out the most on their football team," Garcia said. â€œOf course there is Miller and Pittman, but their two down guys (Eric Snow and Terris Daniels) are as good as we've faced all season. They're an impressive group."
GlenOakâ€™s passing game hasn't taken advantage of the attention paid to Dunn by opposing defenses, which has forced Dunn to carry the ball 36.4 times a game.
Johnson says McKinley isn't ignoring GlenOakâ€™s aerial attack.
â€œTheir passing game is very well thought out," Johnson said. â€œTheir boot game has always been their strength. They involve the tight end very well. They throw it better than people think."
McKinley also likes to run the ball primarily, but will look for big plays in the play-action passing game with QB Kyle Ohradzansky.
The Bulldogs will face a GlenOak defense that is licking its wounds after Fitch made several big plays last week in the Falconsâ€™ 43-21 win.
â€œThey just come from a whole bunch of different angles and different spots on the field," Johnson said. â€œThey give you a lot of multiple fronts and they play forward very well. Everything they do is playing forward, regardless of where They're coming from."
Week 6 preview: McKinley at GlenOak
Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
TIME 7:30 p.m., Friday
SITE Bob Commings Field
RECORDS McKinley 3-2, 1-2; GlenOak 3-2, 1-1
LAST WEEK McKinley 42, Jackson 12; Fitch 43, GlenOak 21
LAST MEETING GlenOak won, 14-0, in Week 6 last year, then McKinley won, 48-7, in regional semifinal.
WHAT TO WATCH This is the fifth meeting between the two teams in three years. A week after allowing 300 rushing yards to Fitch, GlenOak gets a McKinley run game which just put 332 yards on Jackson. And that was without Elijah Farrakhan, who missed his second straight game. Sa'Veon Holloway ran for 210 yards and three TDs. Farrakhan â€œlooked really goodâ€ in practice early this week, according to McKinley head coach Ron Johnson, who hopes Farrakhan can go Friday. GlenOakâ€™s run defense had been solid most of this season before last week. GlenOak RB Briâ€™onte Dunn ran for 182 yards on 39 carries last year in the regular-season meeting with McKinley, but was limited to 71 yards in the playoff rematch. Lining up and running the ball right at McKinley is asking for trouble. As punishing as Dunn is, does GlenOak want Se'Von Pittman, Freddie Burton, Steve Miller and Eric Snow pounding on him all night? Burton leads McKinley in tackles with 66, to go with two forced fumbles. LB Mike Aylward has 48 tackles, six for loss. GlenOakâ€™s passing game has been lacking most of the season. The Golden Eagles have enjoyed some success with Jordan Autrey spelling Dunn in the backfield. Each team primarily wants to run the ball, then take advantage with the play-action passing game. McKinley QB Kyle Ohradzansky had TD passes of 38 and 78 yards in last year's playoff game.
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- McKinley quarterback Kyle Ohradzansky heads for the end zone on a 60-yard touchdown run with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter of the Bulldogs’ 8-6 win over Federal League rival GlenOak on Friday night at Bob Commings Field.
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