McKinley 43, Perry 21 (Oct 18-2013)

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McKinley 43, Perry 21 (Oct 18-2013)

Post by The Bulldog » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:16 pm

McKinley 43, Massillon Perry 21 (Oct 18-2013)
Perry Township Stadium, Perry Township
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game

These McKinley Bulldogs not fit to be tied ... o_be_tied/
Oct 16, 2013 6:23 PM


Repository sports writer

The McKinley High School football team has no interest in a Federal shutdown.

These Bulldogs have plenty of work remaining.

Undefeated McKinley can clinch at least a share of its third straight Federal League title by going to Perry Township on Friday night and beating the winless Panthers.

To which McKinley head coach Todd Filtz says, “We’re not excited about splitting a title.”
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The Bulldogs won’t show some excitement until the outright title is theirs. They control their destiny in that regard at 4-0 in league play. Beat Perry this week and Boardman next week — a combined 1-13 overall — and the title is theirs solely for the second straight year.

The only other team with less than two league losses is Jackson at 2-1, so technically the Bulldogs could clinch the title outright this week if Boardman somehow beats Jackson and McKinley takes care of business against Perry.

“The Federal League championship is the first goal on our board, and they kind of go in order,” Filtz said. “So goal No. 1 is that outright Federal League championship. In order for us to accomplish that, we have to play two more weeks of good football before we start preparing for Week 10.”

The Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0), who are ranked fifth in the state’s Associated Press Division I poll, haven’t enjoyed an easy stroll through league play.

They’ve been forced to rally in each of their four league wins, with each being decided by eight points or less. In fact, each win basically has been decided in the final minute.

Saturday, they trailed GlenOak 10-0 with less than four minutes left before roaring back for a 13-10 win. That game was decided on a 16-yard touchdown pass from a wide receiver to a defensive end on a fake field goal as time expired.

It was a finish the Bulldogs will remember forever. But Filtz is growing tired of needing those kind of heroics each week.

“We’re not hanging our hats on that,” he said. “I think we’re playing in tight games because we haven’t put all three phases together and played our best football yet. Once again, it comes back to the caliber of the league, that if you’re not playing well in all three phases of the game, then these other teams are going to play with you. There are good coaches and good football teams.”

The Bulldogs, who have leaned on their defense much of the season, have been plagued by slow starts and inconsistency. They were penalized 10 times last week and won despite a season-low 154 yards of offense.

Junior quarterback Eric Glover-Williams, averaging 124 yards rushing entering Saturday, struggled with a lame ankle and a tenacious GlenOak defense. The Ohio State recruit netted minus 2 yards on his 12 carries.

“He’s still obviously not 100 percent,” said Filtz of Glover-Williams, who injured the ankle early in the Week 5 win against Lake. “He feels good. He’s getting better. Everyday at practice he looks better. But you throw him in there in a game and it’s easy to see he’s not 100 percent just yet. He’ll get there.”

Aches and pains are part of life in football, especially in the Federal League, says Filtz.

“From top to bottom, it’s a tough, hard-nosed football league,” he said. “There are always teams playing with guys that are banged up or missing guys that are unable to play. That speaks to the physicality of the league.”

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Inde preview: McKinley at Perry
Oct 17, 2013 12:19 AM

Friday, 7 p.m., Perry Stadium

THE TEAMS The Perry Panthers dropped to 0-7 and lost their 10th straight game overall with last week’s 33-21 loss at Lake. Still, there were positive signs in the setback for Perry head coach Keith Wakefield. After struggling mightily on offense by being shut out three times and scoring just 13 points overall in the four previous games, the Panthers put up three scores against a solid Lake team. Wakefield knew injuries would be a concern with his team’s lack of depth, and that has been the case at times. Lineman Stefano Millin, a Kent State recruit, was among those sidelined last week. Nick Sanders and Keishaun Sims have helped bolster the running game, while freshman QB Trevino Cleveland is getting valuable experience. Nick Shanklin and Aaron Maag have made plays in the passing game in recent weeks.

McKinley managed to move to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Federal League with a thrilling, last-second win over GlenOak last week. Holder Chris Prowell-White connected with Nick Faulkner for a 16-yard TD pass on a fake field goal as time expired. The play gave McKinley a win in a game where GlenOak shut down its high-powered offense for the most part. Quarterback Eric Glover-Williams makes the Bulldogs’ offense go, but he’s been hampered by an ankle injury the last couple weeks. Jarrod Smith has help ed pick up some of the slack with Glover-Williams at less than 100 percent.


• Build on last week. The Panthers will be decided underdogs this week, but they can attempt to carry over some of the offensive execution from then end of last Friday’s loss at Lake.

• Try to contain Glover-Williams. If the dynamic QB still is hobbled, that would benefit the Panthers. If not, they must do all they can to keep him from taking over the game.

• Play hard. Wakefield was pleased with the resilience and fight the Panthers showed last week. They have to continue to show that down the stretch.

STATS AND TRENDS GlenOak’s defense held McKinley to 154 yards total offense, including limiting Glover-Williams to minus-2 yards on 12 carries. ... Smith led McKinley with 63 yards on 13 carries. ... Shanklin caught a 13-yard TD pass from Cleveland last week. He has three catches for 33 yards this year. ... Sanders has 239 yards rushing on

54 carries, while Sims has

229 yards on 32 rushes, a very solid 7.2 yards per carry average. ... Maag leads Perry with 10 catches for 111 yards.


Preview: McKinley (7-0, 4-0) at Perry (0-7, 0-3) ... -7,_0-3%29
Oct 17, 2013 1:26 AM
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday

LAST WEEK McKinley 13, GlenOak 10; Lake 33, Perry 21

LAST MEETING McKinley won 49-14 last year.

Perry played a second half last week it can build off. Of course, it comes just in time to welcome the undefeated Bulldogs to town. Perry has seven offensive touchdowns all season. McKinley has four defensive touchdowns, including two from senior DB Darius Smothers. His 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the GlenOak game sparked McKinley’s comeback. LB Jamal Davis has a team-high 16 tackles for loss. LB James Smith leads the Bulldogs with 30 solo tackles. After scoring one offensive touchdown in their previous 21 quarters, the Panthers scored three in the second half last week. Two came on runs from Keishaun Sims and one on a 13-yard pass from Tevion Cleveland to Nick Shanklin. It was a highlight for a Perry team suffering through a school-record 10-game losing streak. Sims, who has an 85-yard TD run and an 89-yard pick-six to his credit this season, averages 7.2 yards on his 32 carries. Nick Sanders, who rarely comes off the field for Perry, has played good football. He picked off a pass last week. McKinley can clinch a share of its third straight Federal League title by beating Perry. McKinley was held to less than 200 yards rushing for the first time all season last week, with the Golden Eagles limiting the Bulldogs to 76 on 34 carries. QB Eric Glover-Williams accounted for 148 yards of offense and two touchdowns in last year’s win against Perry, while RB Jarrod Smith added 64 yards on 12 carries. The duo has combined for 1,429 yards and 19 TDs rushing this year. The Bulldogs have won five straight and eight of the last nine against Perry. During the five-game McKinley winning streak, the average score has been 45.0-13.2.

Bulldogs Gain Share of Federal League title in win over Perry
McKinley capitalized on Perry's miscues in the second half to break open a close game and remain unbeaten.
The Bulldogs clinched at least a share of their third straight Federal League championship. They can wrap up their second straight outright title with a win next week over Boardman.
Chance Young scored two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter and finished with 58 yards rushing.
Darius Smothers added his third non-offensive touchdown of the year for the Bulldogs, taking a kick back for a score. He scored two defensive TDs earlier this season.
Perry, which led for most of the first half, was led by Nick Sanders with 12 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.

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