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Red Knights play Saturday at Conotton Valley

October 11, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE - Sports writer (fyounce@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

BOWERSTON - The Toronto football team had a tough Week 7, dropping a 28-7 decision Beallsville in a second half of the season performance not typical of the Red Knights under head coach Eric Meek.

"It was a disappointment," said Meek. "We feel we needed to take a step forward and we didn't, however we need to get ready for Conotton Valley this week.

"They're a very good team, the best Conotton Valley team I've seen in a long time. They'll be quite a challenge. We must improve on last week in order to have a chance to win this week."

The Rockets offense revolves around a pair of big receivers and a hard nosed quarterback.

"They have the big, tall receivers that make plays," said Meek. "The quarterback runs the ball hard. Defensively they are very good.

"They're a big, physical team. We knew that would be the case because they played us tough last year, and we felt we had a good team last year. They're physical and have everyone back."

Meek sees a lot of things that have to improve, and on defense that is his team has to step up and start hitting like they did two weeks ago against St. John Central.

"We addressed that it wasn't a good night," said Meek. "It was not a physical night of football. I apologize to the people of Toronto.

"They come out and want to see physical football where pads are cracking. It was not a physical football game."

Offensively the Red Knights, played from behind from the game's opening possession, never found a rhythm in the passing game, and were forced to put the rushing attack to the back burner. This week they'll look to get get quarterback Blaze Glenn, running back Chez Glenn and Charles Ross III, receivers Joey Chadwick and Kyle White, and the rest of the Toronto weapons rolling again.

"We have to get our pass game working," said Meek. "We were off target on passes last week. We also need to develop the run game.

"We had three plays in the first quarter last week and were down 14-0. Maybe I wasn't patient enough. I'm typically known as a patient coach. It felt like we were playing catch up all night though, and it kind of got us out of our game plan."

Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Saturday.