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Red Knights bounce back, defeat Huskies

POWERING THROUGH — Toronto’s Tristan Thomas rushes by Harrison Central’s Clayton Nunez on Friday. -Andrew Grimm

TORONTO — A week made a big difference for Toronto, as it rebounded for a 19-12 win over Harrison Central on Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field.

“That’s the highs and lows of high school football,” Toronto head coach Josh Franke said. “It was a lot different (than Week 1).”

The Red Knights (1-1) opened a 19-6 lead late in the third quarter and, after the Huskies (0-2) pulled within a score, came up with a big play on defense to seal the victory as Brendan Matyas picked off a Clayton Nunez pass with 2:17 to go.

Nunez played the second half in place of an injured Kobe Mitchell, who did not see the field in the second half.

He was shaken up on a big hit at the end of a run in the first quarter, but returned until halftime. He had 142 yards through the air and touchdown to that point.

“Any time you lose a player like him, he’s so dynamic, it changes a lot of the game,” Harrison Central head coach Anthony Hayes said.

Caleb Leasure, making his season debut for Toronto, went 7 of 9 passing for 145 and a score, an 84-yard catch-and-run by Zach Stackhouse early in the second quarter to break a 6-6 tie.

Toronto opened the scoring on a 3-yard run by JoJo Savage capping the opening drive.

Harrison Central answered on its first drive late in the opening quarter with a 28-yard Mitchell to Nunez strike.

Tristan Thomas scored from 15 yards out to make it 19-6 Toronto in the closing stages of the third quarter, before Harrison Central’s Tucker Coultrap – who finished with 44 yards on 16 carries – capped a 12-play drive to pull within seven.

Garret Dozier ran for 97 yards on 22 carries to lead Toronto.

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Harrison Central: Hosts Bellaire on Friday night.

Toronto: Travels to Edison on Friday night.

Toronto 19, Harrison Central 12

Toronto 6-7-6-0 — 19

Harrison Central 6-0-0-6 — 12

T: Savage 3 run (pass failed) 6:48

H: Nunez 28 pass from Mitchell (kick failed) 5:27

T: Stackhouse 84 pass from Leasure (Fulton kick) 9:36

T: Thomas 15 run (kick failed) 1:32

H: Coultrap 2 run (run failed) 7:12

PASSING: Harrison Central 8-17-142-TD-2INT (Mitchell 8-15-142-TD-INT; Nunez 0-2-0-INT); Toronto 8-10-176-TD-INT (Leasure 7-9-145-TD-INT; Dozier 1-1-31).

RUSHING: Harrison Central 33-126-TD (Coultrap 16-44-TD; McAfee 8-27; Brooks 8-25; Mitchell 3-11; Carman 1-30); Toronto 43-169-2TD (Dozier 22-97; Savage 7-35-TD; Leasure 7-(-2); Stackhouse 4-25; Thomas 3-14-TD).

RECEIVING: Harrison Central 7-142-TD (Nunez 2-40-TD; Carman 2-30; Vermillion 1-15; McAfee 1-12; Coultrap 1-9); Toronto 8-176-TD (Stackhouse 2-89-TD; Dozier 2-13; Keenan 1-34; Thomas 1-31; Berger 1-9).

FIRST DOWNS: Harrison Central 12; Toronto 14.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Harrison Central 8-45; Toronto 5-55.

FUMBLES-LOST: Harrison Central 1-1; Toronto 1-1.

PUNTS: Harrison Central 0-0; Toronto 1-43.

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