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Red Knights hit the road after grabbing first victory

September 27, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer ( , The Herald-Star

BELLAIRE - The Toronto Red Knights young squad got its first taste of victory with a 28-14 win last week. Head coach Eric Meek and company now look to carry that momentum into Saturday's noon encounter at St. John Central.

"It feels really good to get that win," said Meek. "We're happy how we played in the second half. We have a lot of confidence coming out of that game.

"It was the best half of football we've played this year. We want to pick up this Saturday where we left off last Friday."

While the Irish have some weapons on offense, Meek's biggest concern comes from what they possess on the other side of the ball.

"They put No. 42 back in the shotgun and he's a big kid who can do damage," said Meek. "They have speed at tailback and receiver. Our biggest concern is their defense. It is very good, and definitely the strength of their team."

Offensively the Red Knights received a big boost from wide out Nate Stewart. The sophomore caught eight passes for 88 yards to provide support in the receiving corp to seniors Joey Chadwick and Kyle White. White was out for the Valley game, but is expected to return this week.

"It's good because now people aren't going to be able to focus on my two seniors Joey and Kyle," said Meek "Great performance on his part."

Quarterback Blaze Glenn had a huge Week 5 as well, throwing for 135 yards while rushing for 164 and a score.

"Blaze was 11 of 14 but also had a big night on the ground," said Meek. "I think it's going to be harder to defend our offense. People can't concentrate on one person."

Proving that point was the 99 yard, two-touchdown game from Blaze's brother Chez Glenn. But Meek also points out people shouldn't forget Charles Ross III as well.

"Chez had a good game as well," he said. "I think it was his best game. We want to get Charles the ball more as well. We realize he can do more damage as well."

One of the big reasons for last week's big win was the continuing emergence of the Toronto offensive line. Meek takes particular pride in that unit as three of them put the team first by moving there from other positions.

"We feel our line has gotten better every week," said Meek. "We said that was a key back in August for our offense that the line improve each week and they have. We had kids unselfishly move to the line because kids weren't with us for various reasons.

"The ones that are here we give them credit for their effort. We have Jake Haynes and Billy Solomon that are returning starters. Alec Haynes and Jordan Allen saw time last year. Then we have three kids in Zach Price, Josh Roche and Derick Lawrence at tight end.

"They all unselfishly moved to the line for the team. Football is a team game and you need to be unselfish, and those kids have jumped in and improved every day and I'm very proud of them.

"Voids were created due to graduation, other kids left for other reasons, and those three moved for us. I'm extremely proud of those kids for doing that for the team."

According to Meek there are no secrets to what the keys to victory will be against the Irish.

"Score points against a tough defense and defensively we need to continue to get better," he said. "In second half last week we tackled for first time. This team can throw the ball, but we need to improve on last week's defensive performance which was our best to date.

"If we can turn into a good defense team that will be huge because for the first half our defense hasn't been good."