McKinley 35, Sir Frederick Banting 0 (Sep. 7-2013)

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McKinley 35, Sir Frederick Banting 0 (Sep. 7-2013)

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McKinley 35, London Ontario Sir Frederick Banting 0 (Sep. 7-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 2
Preview: Sir Frederick Banting, Ont. (0-0) at McKinley (1-0)
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday

LAST WEEK McKinley 35, Buchtel 0

LAST MEETING First meeting.

THE MATCHUP Goal No. 1 is to get the win. Goal No. 2 is to stay healthy as Dublin Coffman visits Fawcett Stadium next week. Eric Glover-Williams spent the entire game against Buchtel at quarterback. McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said an early injury to Bryce Short did not affect the Bulldogs’ plans at QB. Filtz said Short’s injury is not serious and he is expected to play Saturday. Glover-Williams ran for 145 yards and two TDs against Buchtel, while Jarrod Smith added 133 yards and one score on the ground. WR Deonte Settles (leg injury) did not play last week and Filtz does not expect him to play Saturday. McKinley’s defense is coming off its first shutout of Filtz’s tenure. He wants his defense to make big plays, and the Bulldogs obliged with Darius Smothers’ 59-yard interception return for a TD last week. LBs Jamal Davis and James Smith led McKinley with nine tackles and a forced fumble apiece. DLs Jacque McClellan and Maurice Horner each had three tackles for loss, with Horner adding 2 1/2 sacks. Filtz’s win last week was the 50th in his career. The Banting Broncos, from London, Ont., went 6-2 last year. Banting faced Huber Heights Wayne in 2011 and lost 58-19. The previous week, Wayne had lost to McKinley 32-21.


McKinley’s offense continues to be a “grounded”bunch

Repository sports writer

CANTON ... ded”_bunch

The word “grounded” comes to mind when thinking of the McKinley High School football team’s offense.

It is on the ground that the Bulldogs do their damage. Junior Eric Glover-Williams and senior Jarrod Smith led a rushing attack that put 302 yards on Buchtel last week.

And grounded remains the status of the McKinley passing game.

The Bulldogs threw only nine passes last week and completed four for 66 yards. On a bright note, one went for a touchdown — a 40-yard hook-up from Glover-Williams to Kortez Nelson. And Glover-Williams, the electric Ohio State recruit who is forced to play quarterback out of necessity, did not throw an interception.

But for those expecting a more dynamic McKinley offense in 2013, last week did not reveal such.

“Obviously we need to get better in the passing game,” second-year McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “We’ve concentrated on that area, and we’ll continue to concentrate on that area. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be able to continually get better in that area, make some plays and kind of get those numbers balanced out.”

Keep in mind, Filtz isn’t looking for the Bulldogs to become pass happy. He believes about 15 efficient passes is a good target.

“We’re never going to throw the ball 30, 40, 50 times a game,” he said. “That’s not our identity. That’s not who we’re going to be.

“... If we’re throwing it over 20 times we’re either behind, which we’re not liking, or a team kind of got us out of our game plan, which we don’t like either.”

The play of McKinley’s new-look offensive line pleased Filtz. Returning starters Andrew Reo and Antonio Gillems are joined by Jeff Harding, Brandon Wilson and Kevin Stillwell.

The group allowed Glover-Williams to attack, not run for his life.

“There were holes there for him, and I’m sure he’d be the first to tell you that. Him and Jarrod,” Filtz said.

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Glover-Williams needs 90 yards to reach 2,000 yards rushing for his career. He will be the fastest Bulldog to 2,000 career rushing yards, besting Ryan Brinson.

Not a natural quarterback, Glover-Williams played the position for the first time in his life as a sophomore and did an admirable job. He threw for 1,114 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 48.7 percent of his passes. As a runner, he gained 1,574 yards and 22 touchdowns.

There were expectations Glover-Williams would play all over the field on offense this season. Instead, he played the whole Buchtel game at quarterback.

An injury early last week to Bryce Short, who competed for snaps at quarterback during training camp, had no impact on the game plan in regards to how McKinley used Glover-Williams, Filtz said.

“He’s gotten better (as a quarterback),” Filtz said. “I know some people may not think so if they saw the last game. But if we would have asked Eric to throw the ball 20 times, those passing numbers would have looked different.

“He’s come a long way. I think he’s more receptive about being at that position because he sees the benefits of him playing there, not only for himself, but the team. I think as the season goes along people will see the strides he’s made as a quarterback.”

The only returning starting receiver Glover-Williams has to throw to is Chris Prowell-White.

Part of the reason for the Bulldogs’ low pass attempts might have been they didn’t need to throw the ball to beat Buchtel. Why start chucking the football around when your defense is posting a shutout and limiting the opposition to 1.9 yards an offensive play?

With Canadian team Sir Frederick Banting coming to Fawcett Stadium on Saturday night at 7, don’t expect McKinley to get too creative. The Bulldogs likely will keep it as vanilla as possible so as not to reveal too much to Dublin Coffman, which comes to Canton next week.

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Coach Filtz gets 50th win against Buchtel on McKinley's sideline (The Repository)
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McKinley's Todd Filtz is fast in getting to 50 wins

Todd Filtz
earned his 50th career coaching win in McKinley’s shutout of Buchtel last week. In his sixth season as a head coach and second at McKinley after four years at Maple Heights, Filtz is 50-12 (.806) overall. Considering Filtz only took 62 games to get to 50 career wins, here’s how long it took some other notable area coaches to reach the mark.

Name, School(s) Games Season

Paul Brown, Severn Prep (Md.)-Massillon 61 games (7th season)

Todd Filtz, Maple Hts.-McKinley 62 games (6th season)

Jeff Durbin, Lake 64 games (6th season)

Thom McDaniels, McKinley 66 games (6th season)

Paul Starkey, Louisville 66 games (7th season)

Don Hertler Sr., Hoover 68 games (7th season)

Jack Rose, Aquinas-Massillon 81 games (8th season)

Mel Knowlton, Steubenville-Alliance 88 games (9th season

Lowell Klinefelter, Central 90 games (9th season)

Josh Weir


McKinley rolls past Canadian foe
Sep 08, 2013 1:10 PM

CANTON Another game. Another shutout.

The McKinley High School football team routed overmatched Sir Frederick Banting (Ontario) 35-0 Saturday night at FawcettStadium.
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McKinley vs Sir Frederick Banting (The Repository)
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McKinley (2-0) shut out Buchtel by the same score last week. The last time the Bulldogs posted consecutive shutouts to open a season was 1996.

Banting totaled 51 yards of offense in a game that was played with a running clock in the second half.

McKinley QB Eric-Glover Williams ran the ball twice on the night — and scored both times. He opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown. He later added a 41-yard score, putting him over the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career.

The junior is the fastest Bulldog to reach 2,000 yards in school history, besting Ryan Brinson’s previous record.

Senior Jarrod Smith ran six times for 82 yards and three touchdowns. McKinley, which hosts Dublin Coffman on Friday at 7 p.m., ran for 222 yards as a team.
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McKinley vs Sir Frederick Banting (The Repository)
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McKinley vs Sir Frederick Banting (The Repository)
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