Red Knights cruise by Blue Dons

CARRYING THE LOAD — Toronto’s Shane Keenan rushes for a big gain with Madonna’s Brennan Secrist on his back Friday evening. -Joe Catullo

TORONTO — Even without head coach Josh Franke due to a suspension, the Toronto football team had little trouble with Madonna during its 55-14 victory on Friday.

The lone first-quarter score came on a 2-yard run from Garrett Dozier on the first possession of the game. The PAT failed, leaving the Red Knights (6-2) with a 6-0 advantage.

Madonna (6-2) recovered a fumble later in the first quarter but were stopped on fourth down in Toronto territory by a yard.

The Red Knights scored twice in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead at halftime. Zach Stackhouse ran for a 38-yard touchdown, and Brendan Matyas hauled in a 59-yard TD pass from Caleb Leasure. After the last score, Dozier ran for the two-point conversion.

The Blue Dons got the ball to begin the second half but fumbled the snap on a punt attempt, setting Toronto up at Madonna’s 27-yard line.

Three plays later, Isaac Miller plunged through for a 1-yard score, giving the Red Knights a 27-0 advantage after the kick failed.

Madonna finally got on the board thanks to a 32-yard scoring pass from Santino Arlia to Brennan Secrist.

Fourteen seconds later, Dozier ran for another 2-yard score. That was set up after Frank Fulton took the kickoff from the Red Knights’ 23-yard line to Madonna’s 2.

With the help of an unsportsmanlike penalty on Toronto during the ensuing kickoff, Madonna scored 28 seconds later. Arlia found Secrist again, this time for 37 yards, cutting the deficit to 35-14.

The Red Knights then scored 20 unanswered points to secure their sixth victory.

Leasure found Stackhouse for an 11-yard score. The PAT failed, leaving the score at 41-14.

JoJo Savage later ran for a 2-yard score, before Stackhouse ran for the two-point conversion.

The final touchdown was a 54-yard run by Matyas.

With Franke suspended because of an ejection the prior Friday at Oak Glen, Dave Dozier was the acting head coach. Franke attended the game but was not allowed on the sidelines, in the locker room or the press box.

Overall, Toronto ran for 250 yards and threw for 208, while holding Madonna to 114 total yards (101 passing and 13 rushing). Garrett Dozier totaled 113 rushing yards on 23 carries, while Savage had 13 for 91.


Madonna: Returns home to face Catholic Central at noon next Saturday.

Toronto: Hosts Barnesville on Friday.

Toronto 55, Madonna 14

Madonna 0-0-14-0 — 14

Toronto 6-15-20-14 — 55

T: Dozier 2 run (kick failed)

T: Stackhouse 38 run (Pearson kick)

T: Matyas 59 from Leasure (Dozier run)

T: Miller 1 run (kick failed)

M: Secrist 32 pass from Arlia (Quattrochi kick)

T: Dozier 2 run (Stackhouse run)

M: Secrist 37 pass from Arlia (Quattrochi kick)

T: Stackhouse 11 pass from Leasure (kick failed)

T: Savage 2 run (Stackhouse run)

T: Matyas 54 run (failed)

RUSHING: Madonna 19-13 (Baird 16 22, Secrist 2-(-10), Daddario 1-1); Toronto 41-250-4TD (Dozier 23-113-2td, Stackhouse 2-40-td, Savage 13-91-td, Miller 1-1-td, Matyas 1-10, Leasure 1-(-5)).

PASSING: Madonna 9-26-102-2int-2td (all by Arlia). Toronto: 8-14-208-1int-3td (all by Leasure).

RECEIVING: Madonna (Littleton 2-(-3), Sessi 1-3, Secrist 5-77-2td, Pulice 1-18.

FIRST DOWNS: Madonna 2; Toronto 11.

PENALTIES: Madonna 3-27, Toronto 9-100.

FUMBLES-LOST: Madonna 2-0; Toronto 3-1.


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