McKinley 13, Canton GlenOak 10 (Oct 12-2013)
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 7
McKinley has relied on rallies to remain unbeaten
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Oct 07, 2013 8:24 PM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON Whether they want to or not, the McKinley Bulldogs are learning a little bit about adversity.
The Bulldogs take a 6-0 record and a No. 5 ranking in the Associated Press Ohio High School Football Division I Poll into Saturday night’s showdown with crosstown rival GlenOak.
But it hasn’t been easy for McKinley, which has rallied from halftime deficits in each of its last three wins while dealing with injuries to key players.
All three of those wins have been in the Federal League, which the Bulldogs sit atop with the league’s only perfect record.
“I don’t think there is a positive in going behind in a football game, but I definitely think there is a positive in how our kids respond to being down on the scoreboard,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “I think they’ve responded in a great way these last three weeks. We’ve come storming back and played pretty good football in doing so.”
McKinley’s slow starts out of the locker room in the first and third quarters have concerned Filtz. While the Bulldogs continue to stumble out of the gates in the first quarter, they seem to have figured out halftime.
McKinley outscored Hoover, Lake and Jackson a combined 68-31 in the third and fourth quarters after trailing 28-21, 7-3 and 21-14, respectively at the break against those opponents.
“After halftime, our kids have been coming out very aggressively. But again, all three weeks we were losing at halftime, so that might have something to do with it,” Filtz said. “... It’s about the concentration that we need to have when taking the field to start a game. Our kids know that. They know that in these big games we have coming that we need to play great football for 48 minutes.”
McKinley beat Lake two weeks ago with a hobbled Eric Glover-Williams missing much of the game. Back-up quarterback Chance Young led the Bulldogs in a late game-winning scoring drive.
Last week, Glover-Williams returned with a bang as the Bulldogs won a 53-45 shootout against Jackson despite missing starting mike linebacker Jamal Davis to an ankle injury late in the first half.
Filtz expects Davis to be back for the GlenOak game.
Jackson’s 45 points last week were the most scored upon McKinley since the Bulldogs’ 50-10 loss in the 2004 state title game against Cincinnati Colerain. They were the fourth-most scored against the Bulldogs by a Stark County opponent in the last 80 years.
Filtz lauded the Polar Bears for their ability to mix run and pass but added, “No matter what we’re going up against, we have to limit the mental mistakes on the defensive side of the ball. That led to a number of their touchdowns.”
For now, the Bulldogs have their sights set on GlenOak (3-3, 1-1), a team that can match them athletically and that has beaten them the last two years in tight, brutally physical games.
But McKinley also hopes the lessons learned and adversity faced in late September/early October pay dividends when playoff football rolls around in November.
“There’s no more ‘get warmed up’ in the first round of the playoffs if you’re a top seed,” Filtz said. “Coming out of the gates you’ve got to be playing really good football. Hopefully, playing in these type games allows our kids to see they can be victorious in the end.”
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NOT SO STINGY
Most points scored against McKinley by a Stark County opponent in the last 80 years:
Year Result Opponent
1959 L, 14-50 Alliance
1953 L, 7-48 Massillon
2003 L, 27-47 Perry
2013 W, 53-45 Jackson
McKinley, GlenOak know keeping emotions in check is key
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Oct 11, 2013 12:28 AM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
Buckle the chin straps.
The McKinley Bulldogs and GlenOak Golden Eagles meet Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium for the latest edition of this neighborhood battle that features some of Stark County’s biggest, baddest and best athletes. Kickoff is at 7:30.
It is a rivalry that most definitely is entertaining, and most definitely unfriendly.
The Bulldogs enter 6-0 overall (3-0 in the Federal League) and are Ohio’s fifth-ranked Division I team, according to the Associated Press. They have Ohio State recruit Eric Glover-Williams at quarterback and another potential Big Ten recruit in linebacker Jamal Davis.
But there will be no overlooking the 3-3 Golden Eagles. GlenOak — which has beaten McKinley the past two seasons and three of the last four regular-season meetings — has the speed and physicality to match the Bulldogs.
Throw in familiarity and proximity, and this game typically evolves into a low-scoring slugfest with tempers running high.
“It’s a rivalry game,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “There’s going to be a lot of emotion on both sides. The two teams played great football last year in a game that went down to the last minute. And I expect nothing different this year.
“... A lot of these kids know one another, hang out with one another. There’s a lot invested with this game. It will be special.”
Who can keep their composure — i.e. avoiding personal fouls and other silly penalties — should be key.
“The main thing is controlling your emotions and using them in a positive way,” Filtz said. “I want our kids to play with a lot of energy. But in doing so, they’ve got to control their emotions. They can’t let their emotions get in the way of the job at-hand.”
Said GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia, “It’s a controlled aggression. They have to be able to execute on both sides of the ball. They can’t get caught up in personal battles and things like that.”
While GlenOak doesn’t boast the offensive firepower that McKinley possesses with Glover-Williams and backfield mate Jarrod Smith, the Golden Eagles have a fast, attacking defense that takes a back seat to no one.
“Anytime you get to play in Fawcett Stadium and play against teams with tradition like the McKinleys and the Massillons, it makes those nights special,” said Garcia, whose program played its home games at Fawcett until Bob Commings Field opened in 2007.
GlenOak handled that kind of atmosphere well in Week 2 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. The underdog Golden Eagles almost knocked off Massillon before losing 23-20 in three overtimes.
But “almost” has been the story of GlenOak’s season. The Golden Eagles have lost two straight one-point decisions. Their three losses have come by a combined five points.
“It’s been real frustrating,” Garcia said. “We just haven’t made plays when it’s counted. ... We just have to find a way to finish.”
For McKinley, a win Saturday pretty much wraps up the Bulldogs’ third straight Federal League title since they have Perry and Boardman (a combined 1-11) to finish the league slate after GlenOak.
A Golden Eagles win would create a jumble near the top, with them, McKinley and Jackson all having one loss.
Coaches tend to roll their eyes at questions about “must-win games,” but Garcia acknowledges Saturday as such if GlenOak has any aspirations of winning a piece of the league title and playing past Week 10.
“We can’t lose another one,” he said. “I told the kids we still have life. But we’ve got to get this one before any of that’s a possibility.”
McKinley stuns GlenOak on last-second fake FG for touchdown
Oct 12, 2013 11:51 PM
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BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON If McKinley head coach Todd Filtz has a mantra, it probably is what he said shortly after the Bulldogs’ thrilling 13-10 win Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium.
“Play 48 minutes,” Filtz said. “Not one second less.”
Down 10-7, McKinley ran a fake field goal. Holder Chris Prowell-White rolled to his right and hit Nick Faulkner for a 16-yard touchdown pass as time expired to topple the rival Golden Eagles and keep the Bulldogs undefeated.
The remarkable play snapped McKinley’s two-game losing streak to GlenOak and gave the Bulldogs — ranked fifth in the state in Division I — a win on a night Eric Glover-Williams and their offense were completely stonewalled by the Golden Eagles.
“We play to win,” Filtz said. “They know that’s my mentality. I know that’s their mentality.”
The Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0) struggled to execute anything, but they executed the final play perfectly.
Prowell-White read the rush of GlenOak, rolled to the correct side and threw a perfect pass to Faulker, who had a step on his defender.
McKinley has never run the play in a game but practices it on a weekly basis, said Prowell-White, a senior receiver.
“I’ve never thrown the ball to Faulkner in practice,” he said with a laugh, adding that he usually goes to his other option, Maurice Horner.
Faulkner, an athletic defensive end by trade, felt like the ball was in the air for an eternity.
“You don’t really expect to have to do that,” he said. “But the situation came, and it worked. It’s unexplainable.”
In a season of what ifs and almosts, GlenOak got another punch to the gut. The Golden Eagles’ four losses have come by a combined eight points. A win Saturday would have put GlenOak (3-4, 1-2) back in the Federal League race and breathed new life into its playoff chances.
“I really don’t know what to say,” GlenOak head coach Scott Garcia said after his team lost its third straight game. “Our kids played their ***** off tonight. I’m proud of them. You go back through our season, we’re about four plays away from being 7-0. The effort was there. You’ve got to give (McKinley) credit. They made a play at the end.”
McKinley played three and half quarters of sloppy, uninspired football on the offensive end. The defense gave the Bulldogs the jolt of life it needed.
With GlenOak driving inside McKinley’s 10 for a potential game-clinching score with less than four minutes left, the Golden Eagles coughed up the football. McKinley’s Darius Smothers scooped it up and ran 95 yards for a touchdown, cutting the Bulldogs’ deficit to 10-7 with 3:09 left.
McKinley forced a quick three and out and got the ball back at its own 35 with 2:04 left. The Bulldogs drove to the GlenOak 16 with eight seconds left before burning their last timeout.
Filtz called for the fake, then had to sit through GlenOak calling two ensuing timeouts.
Did he ever second-guess himself?
“I was trying to talk to people to keep my mind off of it to tell you the truth,” Filtz said. “But it was good to see (GlenOak’s) set. We were sticking with the plan. We were running that fake no matter what.”
The fantastic finish capped an ugly, hard-hitting game that saw 18 combined penalties and little offense.
GlenOak’s Kyle Hall picked off a McKinley pass at the 11 and returned it 70 yards late in the first half. It was the junior’s team-high fourth interception.
Four plays later, GlenOak’s Andrew George booted a 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds left in the half for a 3-0 lead.
GlenOak couldn’t handle a pooch kick on the second-half kickoff. James Smith recovered at the 17 for McKinley.
After the Bulldogs gained zero yards in three plays, they settled for a 34-yard field goal try. But GlenOak’s Zack Meronoff knifed in and swallowed up the attempt, nearly taking it off Austin Shaheen’s foot.
“We just weren’t playing up to our abilities,” Prowell-White said. “We can’t play to the level of our opponents. If we played to our level, we’d dominate every game.”
Later in the third quarter, GlenOak’s Jason Simon broke four tackles and busted loose for a 55-yard gain. That led to Austin White’s scrambling 11-yard TD run and a 10-0 GlenOak lead.
The Bulldogs totaled 154 yards of offense. GlenOak’s front seven held the slippery Glover-Williams, who didn’t appear to be at 100 percent because of a lingering ankle injury, to negative-two yards on 12 carries.
Jarrod Smith led the Bulldogs with 63 yards on 13 carries.
Simon led GlenOak with 72 yards rushing on 17 attempts. Jason Boykins added 65 on eight carries as GlenOak totaled 203 yards of offense.
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Raw video of the fake kick from a fan, recording live in the stands
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WHBC doing both big plays on air...
worth watching and listening over and over
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