McKinley 53, Jackson 45 (Oct 4-2013)

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McKinley 53, Jackson 45 (Oct 4-2013)

Post by The Bulldog » Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:42 pm

McKinley 53, Massillon Jackson 45 (Oct 4-2013)
Robert Fife Stadium, Jackson Township
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 6

McKinley’s Eric Glover-Williams is day-to-day after Week 5 injury ... _5_injury/
Sep 30, 2013 4:08 PM


Repository sports writer
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Trying to tackle Eric Glover-Williams is an exercise in futility for most high school defenders.

Trying to determine whether the speedy McKinley junior quarterback will play this week against Jackson — with first place in the Federal League up for grabs — is an equally futile question for the moment.

Glover-Williams, an Ohio State recruit, suffered a badly sprained ankle on the first series of the Lake game last week.

“He’ll be all right,” Bulldogs head coach Todd Filtz said Monday of Glover-Williams. “He’s day-to-day right now.

“Since it’s early in the week, we’ll see where it takes us.”

Glover-Williams missed most of the first half after suffering the injury against the Blue Streaks. He returned in the third quarter and threw a touchdown pass that gave McKinley a 9-7 lead.

But with his team trailing 14-9 late in the fourth quarter, Filtz was forced to take an immobilized Glover-Williams out for junior Chance Young.

With Glover-Williams urging him on from the sideline, Young led the team on a game-winning drive. Young capped it himself with a 4-yard run that held up for an 18-14 win.

Filtz said that comeback victory told him something about his 5-0 Bulldogs.

“At the toughest times, we have been playing our best football,” said Filtz. “Our kids have been playing really hard. We practice our kids ... to play for 48 minutes in the offseason.

“Four quarters, 48 minutes, play hard. The kids are doing that.”

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Jackson coach Beau Balderson knows McKinley is real good, but he's keeping his focus on his team ... _his_team/
Oct 01, 2013 11:57 AM


Repository sports writer

Beau Balderson knows unbeaten, state-ranked McKinley visits Jackson on Friday night with first place in the Federal League on the line. What he doesn’t know is if McKinley’s quarterback will be Ohio State recruit Eric Glover-Williams or backup Chance Young.

However, Balderson’s own Polar Bears are the chief concern for the fifth-year football coach when the two teams meet at Robert Fife Stadium. Each enters 2-0 in league play.

“After we lost to Ursuline (in Week 3), we decided we were not thinking about the big picture,” Balderson said. “We said our goal is take them one game at a time. We were not going to look at the league, the big scope.”

A tighter focus on the game at hand has paid off for the 3-2 Polar Bears. After the 21-14 loss to four-time state champion Ursuline, they went on the road in league play and edged Lake 39-36. Last week, Jackson visited GlenOak and left a 21-20 winner.

“Coach Beau, he’s doing a great job,” McKinley coach Todd Filtz said. “He and his staff have them playing tough.”

Balderson said that the Ursuline loss woke up something in his team.

“They are a perennial state powerhouse,” he said. “We had seven turnovers in the game. We still had an opportunity to win the game.

“I think that was the first time the kids (believed). They know now that if we put together the offense and the defense, we have a chance to win.”

That winning feeling is something that McKinley seemingly has every season.

The 5-0 Bulldogs are doing it with the multiple skills of Glover-Williams. They do it with tenacious defense. Last week, they did it with the backup QB, Young. His touchdown run with 29 seconds left was the difference in an 18-14 comeback win over Lake despite an ankle injury to Glover-Williams.

“Our defense is playing excellent football right now,” Filtz said. “It’s playing extremely hard. We’re getting 10, 11 hats to the ball every play. After a while, that starts to take a toll.”

Balderson knows that well.

“Obviously, McKinley is going to have more speed from sideline to sideline, and they have tradition on their side,” he said.

McKinley has five straight wins over Jackson. But the games have become progressively more competitive since Balderson’s arrival in 2009, and he said the freshmen and JV teams have scored wins over the Bulldogs in the process.

“We were in a war with them for 3 1/2 quarters last year before a couple things went our way,” Filtz said of a 15-14 Jackson lead through three quarters that wound up a 40-15 McKinley win.

The emergence of junior running back Ricky Spradling has transformed Jackson’s offense into a force to be reckoned with the last three weeks.

Injuries cost Spradling the first two weeks, but he ripped off 227 yards on 39 carries against Ursuline. He followed that with a 30-carry, 246-yard game at Lake and a 137-yard performance at GlenOak. Spradling has eight touchdowns in that stretch.

“Ricky’s a pretty good player,” Balderson said in a bit of an understatement. “He played behind Charley Dear last year as a sophomore. He’s put on 20 pounds of muscle in the weight room. That’s where that (yardage) is coming from.”

Spradling has taken the heat off quarterback Tyler Langenfeld, Balderson said.

“When Ricky was out the first couple games, there was more pressure on him to make plays,” he said. “He’s really managed the game the last two weeks. He’s making great decisions.

“We want to be as balanced as we can be.”

Balderson said his team has had trouble against McKinley’s quickness in the past.

The Bulldogs ran for 269 yards in last year’s 40-15 win. And after GlenOak piled up more than 300 on the ground last week against the Bears, Jackson’s run defense will be tested whether Glover-Williams plays or not.

“They are very quick,” Balderson said. “They find a way to make plays. They have a different kid step up each week, and that gets them riled up. They make plays, and last week it was at the end of the game.”

The kind of plays Balderson would like to see his kids make Friday night.

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Oct 03, 2013 1:42 AM

WHEN, WHERE Friday, 7 p.m., Robert Fife Stadium

THE TEAMS The Jackson Polar Bears arguably recorded the biggest win in head coach Beau Balderson’s five seasons by outlasting GlenOak 21-20 last week. Considering the remainder of Jackson’s Federal League schedule features Perry and Boardman, both winless, as well as Hoover (1-4), a win against 5-0 McKinley this week would put the Bears in great shape for the stretch run. Jackson’s offense has been energized since junior RB Ricky Spradling returned to full health during Week 3. The presence of a potent running game takes pressure off the passing game and QB Tyler Langenfeld. Shane Ridgway, Corey Arnaut, Spradling and Tyler Furbay are all capable receiving threats, while Jackson’s offensive line has experience in seniors Jake White, Jonah Hostetler, Nick Gabel and Thane Anderson. Jackson’s defense gets contributions at all three levels from DL Zak Kauth, LB CJ Davis and Spradling and Jake Pallotta in the secondary.

McKinley moved to 5-0 last week with a close 18-14 win over Lake. The game was notable not just for the scare it threw into the Bulldogs, but also because do-everything McKinley QB Eric Glover-Williams suffered a sprained ankle early in the game. Glover-Williams was out for most of the first half, returned to throw a third-quarter TD pass, but was removed for junior Chance Young when his elusiveness was compromised. Young and Jarrod Smith helped lead the McKinley running game in Glover-Williams’ absence. Chris Prowell-White is one of the Bulldogs’ top receivers.


• Will he, or won’t he? McKinley head coach Todd Filtz labeled Glover-Williams “day-to-day” earlier this week. If the dynamic junior doesn’t play, there’s no doubt it takes a big weapon away from the Bulldogs.

• Play keep-away. If Jackson’s running game is working, then McKinley’s offense — Glover-Williams or no Glover-Williams — is on the sideline.

• Keep an even keel. This might well be the biggest game in Balderson’s tenure. The Polar Bears will have to mindful of not letting the moment get the best of them.

STATS AND TRENDS Smith had 97 yards on 21 carries last week vs. Lake, while Young finished with 81 yards on 17 attempts. ... McKinley is ranked fifth in the latest AP Division I poll. ... Glover-Williams’ 614 yards rushing and nine TDs top the Bulldogs. ... Spradling has 668 yards and nine TDs on 104 rushes to lead Jackson. ... Langenfeld is 56-of-104 passing for 854 yards. ... Shane Ridgway (18), Corey Arnaut (15) and Sprading (10) lead Jackson in receptions.

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McKinley picks up 800th win in shootout with Jackson ... th_Jackson
Oct 05, 2013 12:05 AM

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McKinley quarterback Eric Glover-Williams was available for action Friday night at Jackson High School’s Robert Fife Stadium.

And once he hit the field, he put on quite a show.
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Even a hobbled Glover-Williams is incredible. Playing a week after suffering a severely sprained ankle at Lake, Glover-Williams ran and passed unbeaten McKinley to a come-from-behind 53-45 victory over the Polar Bears — and into sole possession of first place in the Federal League at 3-0.

Glover-Williams and Jarrod Smith combined for 283 yards rushing and six touchdowns as the Bulldogs notched the 800th victory in their illustrious history.

Glover-Williams ran for 125 yards, scored four times and threw for 129 more yards.

“Eric is Eric,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “He is now a true dual-threat quarterback.”

Down 21-14 at halftime, Glover-Williams ran over a Jackson defender at the goal line for a touchdown on the first series of the third quarter. That showed Smith how tough Glover-Williams is, after he led the Bulldogs to a 26-point third quarter that broke the game open.
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“It was a big step up,” said Smith, who scored on runs of 4 and 41 yards and rushed for 158 yards. “He was down and injured, but he played through it. He’s a tough kid. And I did what I had to do, too.”

Jackson looked earlier like it was doing what it had to do to beat McKinley for the first time since 2007,

Tyler Langenfeld threw touchdowns of 2 12 yards to Shane Ridgway and 51 yards to Tyler Furbay in the first quarter. Ricky Spradling scored from a yard out in the second quarter, and the Polar Bears led 21-7 lead early in the second quarter after scoring on three of their first four possessions of the game.

Senior defensive lineman Zak Kauth intercepted a Glover-Williams’ tipped ball at the line of scrimmage to deny McKinley the chance to tie the game just before half. But they just couldn’t stop McKinley after that first series of the third quarter.
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“That was the most frustrating thing,” Jackson head coach Beau Balderson. “There’s no excuse for that, we played terrible defense the second half.

“Offensively, we were consistent. But they have so many weapons they can use.”

Smith’s 41-yard burst gave McKinley its first lead. It didn’t last but mere seconds. Jackson’s Jake Kempt took the kickoff back 75 yards for a touchdown, and a 29-26 lead. But that didn’t hold either, and Jackson never led again after the Bulldogs scored twice quickly.

Tavontae’ Norwood took the kickoff 58 yards, and Glover-Williams scored from the 7 to recapture the lead, 33-29. McKinley went 90 yards in eight plays its next possession, with Bryce Short sweeping 11 yards in place of Glover-Williams for the score.

Norwood turned the game for good with a 67-yard interception for six points to make the lead 53-37. Langenfeld threw a late 34-yard touchdown to Kempt, but McKinley recovered the onside kick to hold on. Langenfeld threw four touchdowns and passed for 263 yards, but it wasn’t enough against McKinley.
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