McKinley 47, Youngstown Boardman 0 (Oct 25-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 9
Preview: Boardman (1-7, 1-3) at McKinley (8-0, 5-0)
Oct 24, 2013 1:25 AM
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday
LAST WEEK Jackson 35, Boardman 28; McKinley 43, Perry 21
LAST MEETING McKinley won 53-14 last year.
THE MATCHUP The outright Federal League title is McKinley’s with a win. The Bulldogs already have clinched at least a share of their third straight league championship. Opponents have had their way with Boardman’s run defense, so the Bulldogs’ stable of runners should be licking their chops. Whether QB Eric Glover-Williams will be included in that group is unclear. The junior Ohio State recruit missed last week’s game because of an
ankle injury that’s hampered him since Week 5. He is a game-time decision against Boardman. Glover-Williams ran for 191 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in McKinley’s win last year against Boardman. Jarrod Smith leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 750 yards and seven TDs. Last week, Chance Young started at QB in place of Glover-Williams, who totals 742 yards and a team-high 13 TDs rushing. The Bulldogs offense also missed starting LT Kevin Stillwell and slot receiver Deonte Settles last week. They’re both game-time decisions against Boardman. McKinley DB Tavontae’ Norwood totaled 10 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered one while also returning a punt 48 yards for a TD last week. The Spartans have lost 11 of their last 12 games. They have virtually no passing game, but they did find a way to rush for 316 yards last week against Jackson. Turel Thompson ran for 112 yards on just 10 carries. QB Darius Sanders added 107 yards on 14 carries as Boardman scored a season-high 28 points. The Spartans scored 13 points the previous four weeks combined. McKinley is 9-0 against Boardman since joining the Federal League. McKinley is 9-0 at Fawcett Stadium under head coach Todd Filtz and has won 11 straight there going back to 2011.
McKinley seeks outright Federal title vs. Boardman
Oct 25, 2013 12:59 AM
BY JOSH WEIR
Repository sports writer
CANTON Battered, bruised and undefeated.
The McKinley High School football team enters Week 9 looking to get healthy, build some momentum, and polish off another Federal League title before setting its sights on Nov. 2 and those Massillon Tigers.
The Bulldogs host Boardman at Fawcett Stadium tonight having already clinched a share of their third straight league championship. A win tonight clinches the outright title for the second consecutive year.
The Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0) are ranked fourth in the Associated Press Division I state poll. Yet, head coach Todd Filtz still hasn’t seen his Bulldogs put together a complete game.
Injuries have nagged and performance has slipped at times for McKinley, which has already clinched a playoff spot according to joeeitel.com.
“We’re happy that we’re playing hard,” Filtz said. “Our guys are playing to win. Have we reached our max and are we playing our best football of the year? I don’t believe so. I believe that owes to our injuries. We’ve been dealing with them the whole second half of the season.”
Starting quarterback Eric Glover-Williams missed last week’s win against Perry because of an ankle injury that has plagued him since Week 5.
Also missing were left tackle Kevin Stillwell (ankle) and slot receiver Deonte Settles (leg). All three are game-time decisions for Boardman, according to Filtz.
On the surface, the absence of Glover-Williams last week appeared to be Filtz resting the Ohio State recruit against a winless team, especially since Glover-Williams played in Weeks 6 and 7.
Not so, said Filtz.
“We felt if we played him it would hamper us a little bit,” Filtz said. “I don’t believe in sitting guys to rest them. We prepare one game at a time, for the game at hand. If Eric could have gone out there and played solid football, we would have played him no matter who we were playing. It could have been a sixth-grade team.”
The Bulldogs have trailed in each of their five Federal League wins. They have struggled coming out of the gates and been outscored 65-47 during the first half in league play.
The third quarter has been a different story, with McKinley outscoring the opposition 59-15.
That was the case last week when McKinley, leading just 9-7 at halftime, came out in the third quarter and outscored the Panthers 20-0.
“Our kids did a nice job of responding in the second half,” Filtz said. “Ultimately, once again, we waited until we were threatened to really turn it on. We know we can’t do that.”
An offense that has sputtered a bit without Glover-Williams at 100 percent has been aided by a play-making defense. The Bulldogs have four defensive touchdowns this season. They also got special teams points last week, with Tavontae’ Norwood returning a punt and Darius Smothers returning a kickoff for touchdowns.
Smothers and Norwood combine for three of the four defensive TDs.
“I think it’s extremely important, especially when most of our injuries are on the offensive side of the ball,” Filtz said. “The other two phases of the game need to do what they can to help those guys out.”
Middle linebacker Jamal Davis continues to lead the McKinley defense. The senior leads the team with 73 tackles, including 18 for loss.
Said Filtz, “Jamal’s playing the best football I’ve seen him play.”
Fellow linebacker James Smith and defensive linemen Nick Faulkner and Tre’Von Richardson have also made big impacts.
McKinley routs Boardman to win outright Federal League title
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By TODD PORTER
Repository sports writer
CANTON As soon as the gold football trophy was handed to Todd Filtz, he handed it off to where it belonged.
His players, huddled in the end zone. The trophy was raised above their heads and McKinley’s football players — who just finished a perfect league season — each jumped to touch the object of their No. 1 stated goal.
A league title.
The Bulldogs won the championship Friday night the way they have played most of the season.
McKinley manhandled overmatched Boardman 47-0 in the kind of game that is an indication of why Boardman is leaving the league.
“This is big,” McKinley linebacker Jamal Davis said. “It’s a big moment for us. We absolutely thought this was possible when coach Filtz came in. If you have a good attitude and work hard, anything is possible. We love coach Filtz.”
In two short seasons as McKinley’s head football coach, Filtz has accumulated a list of streaks.
This league title was McKinley’s third straight and second outright league title in a row. It was also Filtz’s 10th win in a row at home — the program’s 12th straight overall at Fawcett.
To get to 13, Filtz will have to end a streak. A two-game losing streak to rival Massillon.
“There was a different vibe with our players in the locker room before the game. There was a different vibe in pregame,” Filtz said. “The Federal League title was up for grabs and in our hands. We have a big one next week. There’s a different feel around here.”
McKinley and Hoover are the only current Federal League members to have won consecutive outright league titles. Hoover was the last one in 2007-08.
Filtz’s 17-3 start is the best by a McKinley head coach since Terry Forbes.
“That’s the expectation around here,” Filtz said. “We hold our kids to high standards and you see how much winning that title meant to them.”
To get No. 17, Filtz handed the ball to senior running Jarrod Smith. He finished with 135 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Smith ran hard and often delivered bruising blows to would-be tacklers.
Two Boardman mistakes led to 14 McKinley points in the first half. The Spartans, who entered the game with one win against winless Perry, decided a fake punt from their own 35 on the first possession of the game was a good idea.
The pass was incomplete. The Bulldogs needed seven plays to go 35 yards and Smith finished it with a punishing 4-yard TD run. Austin Shaheen’s PAT made it 7-0. Eric Glover-Williams, who only played in the first half, completed a key fourth-and-8 pass to Chris Prowell-White for a first down to keep the drive alive.
At the end of the first, McKinley linebacker Nikolas Ricks tipped a pass with his left hand, cradled the ball and returned it 26 yards for a pick-six and a 14-0 lead.
The Pups’ best drive of the first half started at their own 34. Smith ran for 32 yards on first down, but an unsportsmanlike penalty on McKinley put the ball at the Boardman 49.
Glover-Williams connected with Kortez Nelson in the middle of the field for 22 yards to the 17. Smith finished it with a 5-yard TD run. Shaheen’s PAT bounced in off an upright for a 21-0 lead.
Boardman gift-wrapped another McKinley TD with 30 seconds left until halftime. The Spartans fumbled a handoff at their own 16 and Nick Faulkner recovered.
On the second play, Glover-Williams ran into a scrum of Boardman defenders. He worked a little magic and emerged from the pile in the end zone from the 16 and the Pups led 28-0.
The Bulldogs started the second half the way they finished the first. They marched down the field, and quarterback Chance Young carried the ball around left end on fourth-and-4. He didn’t stop until 33 yards later in the end zone.
After Ricks scored on a jet sweep for a 40-0 lead, fans, perhaps even players, started to turn their thoughts toward Massillon.
It’s a team Filtz has yet to beat. In a season of streaks, that’s one he’d like to end.
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