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Red Knights look to get well at Bridgeport

August 30, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

TORONTO - Though the Toronto Red Knights dropped a 42-13 decision to Wellsville in Week 1, head coach Eric Meek isn't going to blow things out of proportion heading into Week 2 at Bridgeport, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We took on a good team," he said. "We fought really hard against a veteran team that was much bigger and more experienced. We're like they were a couple years ago with our youth.

"I'm not panicking as a coach because I like our kids and think it's a long season and they will improve.

"We will make the people of Toronto proud."

Offensively the Red Knights had their share of opportunities, especially in the first half. Meek feels like if his team sures up a couple of things they can finish off those opportunites.

"I just think execution needs to improve," said Meek. "We had few delay of game calls. We have to improve on that. One of those was in the red zone.

"With the new offense there was a little bit of confusion. That will be corrected. Give credit to Wellsville because they stopped us when we had to.

"If we would have scored those times in the first half it would have made things a lot more interesting."

A huge bright spot for Toronto was the play of quarterback Blaze Glenn. The freshman threw for 149 yards and a score in his debut and added another score rushing.

"I thought he had a tremendous game," said Meek. "The two interceptions he threw weren't forced. They were on fourth down plays and he took a chance.

"It wasn't a case of him throwing into coverage. I think he has a good career ahead of him. He played an outstanding game against a veteran team in his first start."

The rushing attack, typically the staple of a Meek led team, struggled against Wellsville, accounting for just 98 yards on 46 attempts. Meek feels that will improve as his guys up front gain more experience.

"I think our offensive line, in looking at film, we thought the effort was there," he said. "We're proud of that. Wellsville was bigger, stronger, and more seasoned.

"We need to improve on staying on our blocks. We have good kids and good line coaches. It's a long year and we have an awful lot of young kids. Not an excuses, but we will keep working and will improve."

Though the Bulldogs don't run a similar offense to the Red Knights, Meek sees a lot of simiklarities between the two teams.

"They do a lot of motion unbalanced," he said. "We spent whole day lining up against those sets.

"We have to keep an eye on Dallas Fields and not let him behind us. They're a younger team like us. They're as hungry to get their first win as we are."

Defensively Meek sees the Bulldogs to be a strong team.

"They held St. John's to a lot less points than we did Wellsville," he said. "That stands out. They only gave up two TDs in their loss.

"We have to be ready. They're bigger than us. Both team have a lot youth on both sides of the ball."