McKinley 18, Uniontown Lake 14 (Sep. 27-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 5
McKinley, Lake game will be a rush
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Sep 24, 2013 9:41 PM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
It’s not so much three yards and a cloud of dust.
It’s more like 50 yards and a vapor trail.
McKinley hosts Lake at Fawcett Stadium Friday night in a Federal League matchup featuring the top two runners in Stark County from last year. Lake’s Matt Blasiole and McKinley’s Eric Glover-Williams are up to their old tricks again this season.
The two provide vivid examples of what game-breaking speed looks like for their run-heavy teams.
Glover-Williams rushed for three second-half touchdowns last week to rally McKinley from a 28-14 halftime deficit to a 35-28 win at Hoover, keeping the Bulldogs undefeated.
Glover-Williams threw for 111 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 199 yards and the three TDs.
“When Eric’s going,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said, “we’re pretty good.”
The Ohio State recruit now ranks eighth in career rushing (2,362 yards) and scoring (198 points) in McKinley history. Keep in mind, he’s only four games into his junior season.
Glover-Williams ran for a career-high 313 yards against Lake last year. He rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more in a 35-21 win.
“That’s what we’re going to need from him again,” Filtz said. “He’s going to have to be effective with his feet and through the air.”
For Lake head coach Dan DeGeorge, the goal is simple in concept, but difficult in practice.
“We’re preaching, ‘Make them snap it again,’ ” DeGeorge said. “We can’t let that 70-yard touchdown happen. Last year he went for over 300 against us and a lot of his big runs were on third-and-(long). We’d stop them for two plays, then give up a long one.”
The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Glover-Williams has a county-high 597 rushing yards this season.
Blasiole, with 514 so far, is as dangerous as anyone when it comes to big plays.
He is also nearing some history of his own. He’s 205 rushing yards away from 3,000 for his career. He needs 218 to surpass Brian Bowers for second-place on Lake’s all-time list and 279 to surpass Jim Luther for the top spot.
“Last year he led our league in rushing while we only won three games,” DeGeorge said. “That tells you what a tough nut he is. He didn’t have the best offensive line in front of him last year and he still produced some pretty big numbers.”
Blasiole missed most of Lake’s Week 3 win at Olentangy Liberty with a hamstring problem. He looked all healed last week against Jackson. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior rushed for 243 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries in a 39-36 loss that was decided on a field goal at the gun.
Despite his athleticism and production, Blasiole, who also is a talented defensive back, holds no college scholarship offers — yet.
“I’ve coached high school football for 15 years and he’s by far one of the best kids I’ve ever coached,” DeGeorge said.
Blasiole joins junior Anthony Cistone to form a big-play duo for Lake. Cistone has 361 yards at 7.2 a carry and five touchdowns.
“It’s a heckuva tandem,” Filtz said.
Glover-Williams has a sidekick of his own. Senior running back Jarrod Smith has run for 369 yards at 5.7 a carry and four TDs.
The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) get a little more out of their passing game than do the Blue Streaks (2-2, 0-1). McKinley has thrown for 350 yards and three touchdowns against just one pick, while Lake has thrown for 295 yards, one TD and five interceptions.
While the Blue Streaks “can’t ignore” the McKinley passing game and the good deep ball Glover-Williams throws, DeGeorge knows the ground is priority No. 1.
“If we can find a way to stop the run and make them throw,” said DeGeorge, “that’s a positive step for us.”
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Young scores late as McKinley downs Lake
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Sep 28, 2013 12:46 AM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON So, Chance Young, your team is trailing in the final minutes, your star player is hobbled and your coach puts the ball in your hands to win the game.
What exactly is going through your mind?
“Lots of pressure,” McKinley’s backup quarterback said.
It didn’t get to him.
The tiny junior came up big, scoring a second-effort 4-yard touchdown with 29 seconds left to give the Bulldogs an 18-14 Federal League win Friday night against Lake at Fawcett Stadium.
Fellow 11th grader Eric Glover-Williams — McKinley’s starting quarterback and an Ohio State recruit — missed most of the first half because of an ankle injury suffered on the Bulldogs’ first possession. He returned to play in the second half, but basically played on one leg, taking away his dazzling running skills.
But the Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0), ranked fifth in the state’s Division I Associated Press Poll, found a way to stay unbeaten against a one-dimensional, yet scrappy, Lake team.
“I wish they wouldn’t do it, but our kids play best when their backs are against the wall,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said.
One has to wonder how much resiliency is left in the Blue Streaks (2-3, 0-2). A week after losing on a Jackson field goal as time expired, Lake saw another winnable game slip away.
“We had our opportunities and we didn’t make them count when we should have,” Lake head coach Dan DeGeorge said. “We’ve been very close two weeks now versus very good teams. My kids gave great effort, but as coaches we’ve got to fix a few things and put them in better positions.”
The Blue Streaks played solid defense, led by linebacker Nolan Luther’s 16 tackles. They went to their bag of tricks on offense. The Blue Streaks scored after going to the Wildcat formation in the first half. In the second half, they scored on a halfback pass.
But a bad snap began Lake’s downfall late in the fourth quarter. The Blue Streaks snapped the ball over the head of punter Austin Thompson. The ball eventually was knocked out of the back of the end zone, giving McKinley a safety and shrinking its deficit to 14-11.
Deonte Settles, the Canton South transfer who’s had the early portion of his senior season hampered by a leg injury, then made his biggest play as a Bulldog. He returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to set up McKinley at Lake’s 38 with 2:07 left.
Glover-Williams threw a pretty 25-yard touchdown pass to Chris Prowell-White on the opening drive of the second half. But he struggled as the second half progressed and simply could not run on the ankle.
So Filtz took his (ahem) chances with the 5-foot-7, 140-pound Young on McKinley’s last drive.
“We’ve got confidence in Chance,” he said. “He can get the job done, and, 100 percent, what we were getting from Chance was better than what we were getting from Eric tonight.
“As soon as I told Eric, he understood and went and grabbed Chance. He told him to get the football in the end zone.”
Young ran 24 yards on a zone keeper to Lake’s 12. Three plays later, he kept it again, this time powering his way into the end zone after being hit at the 1.
Lake drove to midfield in a desperate comeback attempt, but Tavontae’ Norwood intercepted a Lake pass at the McKinley 33 with four seconds left to seal the Bulldogs’ win.
Young ran 17 times for 81 yards. Jarrod Smith churned out 97 yards on 21 carries.
McKinley’s rugged defense contained Lake’s dangerous running tandem of Matt Blasiole and Anthony Cistone for the most part. Blasiole finished with 83 yards on 22 carries, while Cistone added 72 yards and a first-half touchdown on 15 carries.
Aided by consecutive McKinley penalties to start a second-half possession, Lake put a drive together. On the first play of the fourth quarter, a halfback pass from Blasiole connected with Riley Sommers in the front corner of the end zone. Lake led 14-9.
“That freaking halfback pass,” said a disgusted Filtz, whose team had been warned about it in the break between quarters. “Everything works out though. … There were a few mental mistakes and a few plays where we were out of position, but overall our guys are playing hard.”
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