McKinley 35, Hoover 28 (Sep. 20-2013)

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McKinley 35, Hoover 28 (Sep. 20-2013)

Post by The Bulldog » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:31 pm

McKinley 35, North Canton Hoover 28 (Sep. 20-2013)
Memorial Stadium, North Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 4

Preview: McKinley (3-0) at Hoover (0-3)
Sep 19, 2013 12:18 AM

WHEN 7 p.m., Friday

LAST WEEK McKinley 26, Dublin Coffman 17; Avon Lake 19, Hoover 7

LAST MEETING McKinley won 36-29 in first round of playoffs last year; McKinley also won 27-24 in Week 4 of last year.

The Vikings haven’t started 0-4 since 1994. They will try to be balanced on offense to keep the Bulldogs on their heels. In their two meetings with McKinley last year, the Vikings totaled negative-6 yards rushing. This year’s Bulldog defense is no easier to run against. Opponents average 1.9 yards a carry. McKinley has allowed one true scoring drive in three games. Senior Jamal Davis leads the McKinley defense with 26 tackles. Fellow LB James Smith is coming off a 12-tackle game last week. DE-LB Nick Faulkner totaled nine tackles, including four for loss. McKinley DL Tre’Von Richardson spends a lot of time in the opposing backfield as evidenced by his team highs of seven
QB pressures and six tackles for loss. Hoover must manage the amount of wear and tear QB Luke Grandjean absorbs. Grandjean, Hoover’s best athlete, will not survive four quarters of constant punishment from a nasty McKinley defense. If the Vikings avoid turnovers, move the ball a little and scratch out some points, their defense may keep them in the game. The Hoover defense — led by DB Jake Garfield and LBs Alex Binnie, Clay Haverfield and Jake Jajack — continues to play well. Binnie is irreplaceable as a defensive leader and the best weapon at Grandjean’s disposal on offense. Binnie has 25 receptions for 316 yards and two TDs. He also stepped in as the long snapper last week after problems in that area plagued the Vikings in the Week 2 loss at Louisville. McKinley, in its first road game of the season after two scrimmages and three games, all at Fawcett Stadium, may have a new punter. Sophomore Xavier Hatchett replaced senior Austin Shaheen in the second half last week. Hatchett and Shaheen are competing in practice for the job this week. Shaheen will remain as McKinley’s place-kicker. He made two short field goals in last year’s regular season meeting with Hoover. The second proved to be the game-winner with 2:13 left. McKinley QB Eric Glover-Williams rushed for 241 yards and four TDs on 33 carries in last year’s playoff win against Hoover. The junior Ohio State recruit averages 7.2 yards a carry this season. He completes only 42.4 percent of his passes, but he threw several good balls last week that were dropped. McKinley has beaten the Vikings four straight times.

Bulldogs still looking to put it all together ... _together/
Sep 20, 2013 1:42 PM

Repository sports writer

Todd Filtz seems to be the high school football head coach with everything.

His team — ranked fourth in the initial Division I Associated Press state poll — is the only undefeated team in the Federal League.

His defense has allowed one legitimate scoring drive in three games.

His privilege is putting the football in Eric Glover-Williams’ hands every week and letting the Ohio State recruit do his thing.
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So what might the second-year McKinley head coach still be seeking?

A complete performance.

If it comes this weekend, it will have to happen away from Fawcett Stadium. The Bulldogs make the short drive to North Canton’s Memorial Stadium to open Federal League play and face the Hoover Vikings on Friday night at 7.

The Bulldogs have been good. Filtz believes they can be better.

“We’re still looking to put everything together,” he said. “And it’s only Week 4. We’ve got a lot of growing to do as a football team.

“Right now, we’re playing hard. That’s the main thing, and that’s why we’re winning. As long as we keep playing hard and getting better, those full games are going to start coming together and that’s when we’re going to be really good.”

The Bulldogs defense can’t be much better. They registered three sacks and 10 tackles for loss in last week’s 26-17 win against Dublin Coffman.

They’ve actually scored more points (16) than they’ve allowed (10) this season thanks to pick-sixes by Darius Smothers and Maurice Horner in Weeks 1 and 3, respectively, and a safety against Canadian foe Banting (Ont.) in Week 2.

Senior Jamal Davis is the top hitter for a defense that looks to land upper cuts.

“No. 9 (Davis) is about as good a mike linebacker as I’ve seen in a while,” Hoover head coach Don Hertler Jr. said. “And he’s got a bunch of fast, hard-hitting guys around him.”

The McKinley offense features the electric Glover-Williams at quarterback and tough inside runner Jarrod Smith. The duo has combined for 706 yards at 6.7 a carry and 10 TDs.

The passing game remains a work in progress. McKinley missed on its first seven pass attempts last week, which included several drops. The Bulldogs eventually found a groove. Glover-Williams and senior Chris Prowell-White connected four times for 108 yards.

The special teams haven’t been as special as hoped. Last week against Coffman, McKinley muffed a punt that led to a Shamrocks touchdown, allowed a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, missed a PAT and struggled on a couple of their own punts.

“We just haven’t put together a full football game yet,” Filtz said, not angrily, just matter-of-factly.

Last year, the Bulldogs and Vikings were the class of the league and played two entertaining games decided by a touchdown or less. McKinley won both of them, including a roller-coaster 36-29 first-round playoff game at Hoover.

The circumstances are far different this year.

Hoover is winless, inexperienced and physically beat up. The Vikings are 0-3 for the first time in almost a decade.

But the Vikings haven’t been overmatched in the losses. It’s not a stretch to say they could be 3-0 had a few plays gone differently.

“I was really proud of the kids as far as we played harder than the other team, we wanted to win more than them and I thought we were as physical as we can be at this point of the year,” Hertler said of last week’s 19-7 loss at Avon Lake. “But we have to stop making mistakes and hurting ourselves. We have to find a way to make our own breaks and keep plugging away.”

Last week, the Vikings threw three interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown. That is absolute death for a team with an offense struggling to score points right now.

Filtz knows better than to take Hoover and Hertler lightly.

“I don’t get too caught up in someone’s record because we usually get everyone’s best games, and I expect no different from them,” Filtz said. “They’re well coached over there. They play hard, no matter if they’re winning or losing.

“Now that we’re in the Federal League, you can’t just show up and expect to win.”

The Bulldogs might just need that complete performance.

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Glover-Williams helps McKinley hold off Hoover ... ff_Hoover/
Sep 21, 2013 12:33 AM

Repository sports writer

The defending champions were quickly behind the 8-ball on opening night in the Federal League.

Deficits, though, are not insurmountable when Eric Glover-Williams is on your team. The McKinley quarterback proved it again Friday night.

Three straight Glover-Williams touchdown runs rallied the Bulldogs to a 35-28 victory over Hoover on Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The Ohio State recruit scored the winning touchdown with 58.4 seconds left on a 29-yard run.

McKinley trailed 28-14 late in the second quarter. The Vikings were playing a lot better than their winless record indicated.

Getting to 4-0 took a lot of work for Glover-Williams and the Bulldogs, who are ranked fourth in the state in Division I by The Associated Press.

“Adversity is something we can’t get down on ourselves about,” Glover-Williams said. “That kind of makes us stronger. It makes us tougher.

“The whole football game is 48 minutes. We just had to play the whole 48 minutes.”

Glover-Williams threw touchdown passes to Chance Young and Kortez Nelson in the first half. His 24-yard touchdown run came just 38 seconds after Hoover grabbed a 14-point lead.

The second half was barely half a minute old when Glover-Williams struck again. His 64-yard touchdown run helped the Bulldogs tie the game at 28-28.
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An offensive shootout quickly became a defensive battle. The Vikings were pinned deep in their own territory late in the game, and a short punt set up McKinley at the Hoover 37.

Glover-Williams’ biggest run came two plays later. He saw pressure coming his way from the middle, but he avoided it and raced for the go-ahead touchdown.

“I was still trying to look for an open receiver as the pressure was coming,” Glover-Williams said. “I just scrambled to get out of the way so I can make it downfield and gain a couple of yards.”

From his own 35, quarterback Luke Grandjean led Hoover downfield for a possible tying touchdown. The Vikings reached the McKinley 9, but a fourth-down pass on the final play of the game was incomplete.

“We talked in the locker room at halftime and said if they don’t score, we’re going to win this football game,” Bulldogs head coach Todd Filtz said. “We were down seven at that point.

“Sure enough, we came out firing and had a great second half.”

Grandjean ran for 167 yards and a touchdown. He also threw for 153 yards and a pair of TDs to Jake Garfield.

Chris Bledsoe also ran for a touchdown for Hoover.

“We just have to keep working on being consistent,” Vikings head coach Don Hertler Jr. said. “I still believe in these guys. I still believe we can have a good season.”

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Re: McKinley 0, North Canton Hoover 0 (Sep. 20-2013)

Post by Raymo » Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:31 am

Game Day for the young Canton McKinley Football players,rain or shine just play our style and bring home a win,GO BULLDOGS!

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