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McKinley 35, Akron John R. Buchtel 0 (Aug. 30-2013)

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McKinley 35, Akron John R. Buchtel 0 (Aug. 30-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 1

New quarterbacks lead Federal League’s top teams- Akron Beacon Journal, ... s-1.424456

Eric Glover-Williams hopes to run Canton McKinley to glory- Akron Beacon Journal, ... y-1.424428

Preview: Buchtel at McKinley The Repository,
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS Buchtel 4-6, McKinley 8-3

LAST MEETING Buchtel won 46-24 in 2000.

THE MATCHUP McKinley head coach Todd Filtz is not publicly naming a starting QB until game time. Eric Glover-Williams did not start at QB in either of the Bulldogs’ scrimmages but saw plenty of time there. He’ll likely split time with Bryce Short. Filtz wants to play Glover-Williams all over the field, but it is not yet clear if he can afford to do that. Glover-Williams, who verbally committed to Ohio State on Sunday, is a big play waiting to happen whether he’s at QB or in the slot. If teams kick to him, he’ll be a nightmare in the return game. After a poor showing by the offense in the St. Ignatius scrimmage, McKinley will look to move the chains more consistently. Filtz believes the Bulldogs need to worry less about the big play and more about taking the simple play that is there. RB Jarrod Smith is the kind of consistent, steady player that could help in that regard. McKinley WR Deonte Settles, a Canton South transfer, is not expected to play because of a leg injury that has kept him out of most of the preseason. LB Jamal Davis and DB Chris Prowell-White are the only returning starters on a McKinley defense that must deal with some athleticism from the Griffins. “It’s a typical Buchtel team,” Filtz said. “You’ve got a bunch of great athletes, guys that can change the complexion of a game if given the opportunity. Our big focus is containing their athletes.” The Griffins are 10-10 the past two seasons after finishing 2010 as the Division III state runners-up. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with Buchtel 5-1.


Canton McKinley Bulldogs preview
League: Federal League.
Coach: Todd Filtz, second season at McKinley, sixth overall
Coach’s record: 8-3 at McKinley, 49-12 overall.
2012 record: 8-3, 5-1.
Players to watch: Eric Glover-Williams, Jr. RB/QB/DB; Chris Prowell-White, Sr. WR/DB; Tre’Von Richardson, Sr. DL; Jarrod Smith, Sr. RB; Andrew Rio, Jr. OL; Antonio Gillems, Jr. OL; Jacque McClellan, Sr. DL; Jamal Davis, Sr. LB; Tevonte Norwood, Sr. DB.
Aug. 30....Buchtel, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7....Sir Frederick Banting Secondary 
 School (Canada), 7 p.m.
Sept. 13....Dublin Coffman, 7 p.m.
Sept. North Canton Hoover, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27....Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. Jackson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12....GlenOak, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. Perry, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25....Boardman, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2....Massillon, 2 p.m.
Canton McKinley head coach Todd Filtz directs his team at practice on Aug. 16, in Canton. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
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Canton McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams who is 5-foot-10� and 168 pounds, emerged as a standout player last year as McKinleys quarterback. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
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Re: McKinley 0, Akron John R. Buchtel 0 (Aug. 30-2013)

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McKinley's Filtz likes his Davis-led defense
Aug 29, 2013 8:19 PM - Repository sports writer

CANTON-Replacing nine starters from last year has done little to temper McKinley High School head football coach Todd Filtz’s excitement for his defense.

Led by senior linebacker Jamal Davis, Filtz expects big hits and big plays from the Bulldog defense as they open the season tonight at Fawcett Stadium against Buchtel.

“It’s a special group over there,” Filtz said. “We have some hard-nosed defensive linemen that love getting after it. We have three solid linebackers that can play with the best of them. Then our secondary, although they’re not all 6-foot-2, they’re what you would call ‘ball hungry.’ ”

Davis has a certain appetite for tackling the opposition.

A long-armed athlete who covers a lot of ground with his 6-3, 215-pound frame, Davis impressed as last year progressed. He totaled 68 tackles, 21⁄2 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. His 22 solo tackles were second on the team.

Davis looks destined for a big 2013.

According to Filtz, Davis has scholarship offers from almost the entire Mid-American Conference, along with Louisville, Indiana, Minnesota and Florida Atlantic.

Said Filtz, “I think a few weeks into the season that (list) will grow tremendously.”

In the Bulldogs’ first scrimmage against Stow, Filtz said Davis was in for about 20 plays. He estimates Davis made 10 tackles, if not more.

“It’s easy to say it might have been one of the best linebacker performances I have seen,” said Filtz, not known for throwing around hyperbole. “And I’ve been around some good linebackers.”

Including himself. Filtz was an All-Ohio linebacker at Steubenville before playing at Muskingum University.

He kind of laughed at comparing himself to the athletic Davis.

“The 6-3 and the 4.5 40 (-yard dash) were things I didn’t have,” said Filtz, who stands 5-6.

The other returning starter is senior defensive back Chris Prowell-White, who intercepted three passes in 2012. Fellow senior DB Tavontaé Norwood picked off two and added 40 tackles.

Junior star Eric Glover-Williams, who verbally committed to Ohio State on Sunday, played more cornerback as the 2012 season progressed. The Bulldogs will look to get him more time on that side of the ball this season, especially if he plays less quarterback on offense.

Senior linebacker James Smith and senior defensive lineman TréVon Richardson are two players who lost much of last season to injuries and are expected to play big roles in 2013. Senior Nikolas Ricks, a transfer from Ellet, will play a lot at linebacker as well.

The Bulldogs were sliced up by St. Ignatius’ passing game in their final scrimmage. McKinley missed tackles and lost Ignatius receivers in its zone.

Filtz is not worried. He feels the mistakes are correctable. Plus, Ignatius happens to be very good.

“We love the guys we’re playing with on the defensive side of the ball,” Filtz said. “... Those guys are going to play a bunch of good football this year.”

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Re: McKinley 35, Akron John R. Buchtel 0 (Aug. 30-2013)

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McKinley blanks Buchtel in opener ... in_opener/
Aug 30, 2013 11:47 PM
McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams (7) scores a touchdown in the2nd quarter Friday against Buchtel at Fawcett.


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There are times when McKinley’s offense can take a broken down, ugly play and turn it into the prettiest girl at the prom. And then there are times when, well, those plays can look like they really need Eric Glover-Williams to dress them in the make-up room.
But it was McKinley’s defense that earned its first shutout of the season against a big-play Buchtel offense.

“Especially to get one in Week 1,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “A shutout in Week 1 is a difficult task because you’re usually sloppier then than at the end of the season. I’m proud of the way the guys played. We have a group of guys who play hard.”

Filtz, in his second season, had a heavy dose of Glover-Williams and sprinkled in enough to running back Jarrod Smith to keep him hungry and Buchtel honest. The Bulldogs’ passing game wasn’t much of a threat and left many watching a one-dimensional offense with two dynamic runners.

“You see what effect (Glover-Williams) has,” Filtz said. “When things look like they’re slowing down, he pops a big play. He’s a dynamic player.”

Glover-Williams finished with 155 yards rushing on 24 carries and two touchdowns. Smith had 131 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown. Glover-Williams completed 4 of 9 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown pass.

Admittedly, Glover-Williams said, the Pups have to get better throwing the football.

“Passing the ball is something we’ve worked on a lot,” Glover-Williams said. “We didn’t really have a passing game plan against these guys. We wanted to pound it. Then we got up early and we didn’t really have to throw it.”

The Bulldogs looked smooth and crisp on their first drive. They went down the field — 73 yards in eight plays — using a combination of Smith and Glover-Williams. McKinley ran mostly zone-read plays with the decision on Glover-Williams as to who gets the ball.

Glover-Williams’ first dazzling run of the season was an 8-yard run that seemed to last 15 seconds. He had three spin moves that made three Buchtel defenders grab for air. When he was done, McKinley had a first down at the Buchtel 38.

Then some of Glover-Williams’ best work comes from broken plays. He dropped a shotgun snap, but turned it into a 25-yard gain. Smith carried for 12 more on the next play and the Pups were at the Buchtel 11. Glover-Williams, who committed to Ohio State on Sunday, scored two plays later on a quarterback sweep. Austin Shaheen’s PAT made it 7-0.

After that, though, it seemed to be a battle of futility until the second quarter. A Buchtel flare pass was tipped right into the hands of Darius Smothers, who had a sea of an opening down the right sideline for a 59-yard interception return and a 14-0 lead.

Before the interception return, McKinley’s offense squandered drives that started at Buchtel’s 33 and a second at the 34 after punts of less than 15 yards each time.

“When you take possession on the positive side of the 50, you have to turn those into points,” Filtz said. “We got a field goal blocked, so that didn’t help, either.”

With 17 seconds left before halftime, Filtz called a timeout with the clock stopped. He wanted to get the play right. Good idea.

On third-and-goal from the Buchtel 7, the Pups ran arguably their most well executed play of the night. It was a read-option play with a huge hole open for Glover-Williams to walk into the end zone and a 21-0 lead. That ballooned to 28-0 late in the third quarter when Glover-Williams lobbed a pass to Kortez Nelson, who was all alone at the goal line thanks to a busted Buchtel coverage. Shaheen, who was 5-for-5 on PATs (a sore spot a year ago), made it 28-0.

Smith scored on a short run for McKinley’s final touchdown.

High school football/Canton McKinley 35, Buchtel 0: Eric Glover-Williams makes life difficult for Buchtel
By Jeff Brewer
Special to the Beacon Journal

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CANTON: Canton McKinley star Eric Glover-Williams is one of the most elusive high school football players in the nation.
After one series, it appeared as if Glover-Williams would turn the Buchtel Griffins inside out.
The Bulldogs dominated on the scoreboard, winning Friday night’s season opener 35-0, but the Griffins’ defensive unit earned some respect after chasing Glover-Williams around Fawcett Stadium.
“I thought our defense played pretty well,” Buchtel coach Ricky Powers said. “We just have to do something on offense. We have to move the ball. We have to help the defense out a little bit.”
Having recently committed to Ohio State, Glover-Williams, a junior quarterback, is projected as a slot receiver for the Buckeyes. He accounted for three touchdowns, two rushing and one passing.
“[Glover-Williams] is a dynamic player and, man, we’re really glad to have him on our team,” McKinley coach Todd Filtz said. “I think he continues to get better as an athlete, as a leader, and as a student.”
Glover-Williams finished with 155 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and completed four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.
McKinley’s first possession resembled a video game. Glover-Williams capped an eight-play, 73-yard drive with a 7-yard scoring run. He carried five times on the drive for 57 yards and appeared unstoppable.
“We want that first drive to set the tone for the whole game,” Glover-Williams said. “We just pounded the ball for the first game.”
But the Griffins knuckled down and limited the McKinley speedster to 30 yards on 14 carries for the rest of the half.
What made it extra tough for Buchtel was McKinley’s No. 2 threat, senior tailback Jarrod Smith, also a Division I prospect, who ran for 126 yards in the first half and finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 25 attempts.
McKinley took a 14-0 lead at 4:40 of the second quarter when senior Darius Smothers intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs deflated the Griffins when Glover-Williams scored on a 7-yard draw play to make it 21-0 with 13 seconds left in the half.
“We have to go back to the drawing board,” Powers said. “You can’t ask [our defense] to stop two great players like that for 48 minutes.”
Buchtel’s offensive had little success against McKinley’s ball-hawking defense. Aided by two McKinley penalties, senior quarterback Chris Davis completed passes to Deric Rucker (14 yards) and Corrick Smith (6 yards), driving to the Bulldogs 15. The drive stalled on downs.
“To get a shutout in Week 1 is a difficult task,” Filtz said. “We’re proud of the way our guys played.”
The Bulldogs added two touchdowns, a 40-yard scoring toss from Glover-Williams to Kortez Nelson and Smith’s 2-yard run.
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REPOSITORY JULIE VENNITTI n McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams (7) scores a touchdown in the2nd quarter Friday against Buchtel at Fawcett.
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