Toronto at Western Reserve, 11/8

2014 High School Football: Division 7 Regional Quarterfinal
Saturday, November 8 at 7 pm
Toronto (8-2) at Western Reserve (9-1)

Common Opponents
September 19 – Western Reserve 37 Wellsville 13
August 29 – Wellsville 24 Toronto 7

Playoff History
Appearances: 5 (2014, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
Playoff Record: 3-4
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: None

Western Reserve
Appearances: 9 (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 1989)
Playoff Record: 9-8
State Championships: None
Regional Championships: 2 (2013, 2011)

2014 Schedule
Week 10: at Madonna, 39-14 W
Week 9: Paden City, 48-18 W
Week 8: at Conotton Valley, 63-6 W
Week 7: Beallsville, 41-0 W
Week 6: at Ashtabula St. John, 44-0 W
Week 5: Shadyside, 6-33 L
Week 4: Steubenville Catholic Central, 34-7 W
Week 3: Fairport Harding, 40-6 W
Week 2: at Bridgeport, W 36-8
Week 1: at Wellsville, 7-24 L

Western Reserve
Week 10: Southern, 56-7 W
Week 9: Sebring, 40-17 W
Week 8: at Lowellville, 55-31 W
Week 7: Leetonia, 43-21 W
Week 6: McDonald, 12-14 L
Week 5: at Mineral Ridge, 56-18 W
Week 4: at Wellsville, 37-13 W
Week 3: at South Range, 20-14 W
Week 2: Malvern, 43-7 W
Week 1: at Columbiana, 47-12 W

Toronto is making their first visit to week eleven since 2000. The Red Knights are coached by Eric Meek, who began his coaching career at Youngstown State as a graduate assistant under Jim Tressel. Coach Meek is in his second stint at Toronto (1993-94, 2010-Present) after leading Wellsville’s football program from 1995-2002.

In their last outing, Charles Ross III ran for 165 yards as Toronto compiled 371 yards of total offense en route to a 39-14 victory over Madonna. The Red Knights’ junior signal caller Blaine Rawson completed 4 passes, 3 of which were for scores.

Toronto’s defense has held 6 of their 10 opponents to single digits while the offense has racked up 34 points or more in each of their wins.

The Blue Devils have accumulated 7 games where the offense has been able to accumulate 40 points or more. Western Reserve is making their seventh playoff appearance in as many years.

Andy Hake’s offense has averaged 399.9 yards of total offense per game. The defense has held the opposition to just 229.7 stripes.

John Clegg has thrown for 1,740 yards and completed 20 touchdowns while only tossing 4 interceptions in 162 attempts. Joe Falasca (661 yards), Brian Sunderman (522 yards) and Wyatt Larimer (208 yards) give the Blue Devils’ offense a trio of explosive targets at the receiver position. All of whom are currently averaging over 20 yards per catch.

2014 Rankings
Points Scored: Western Reserve, 40.9; Toronto, 35.5
Points Allowed: Toronto, 11.6; Western Reserve, 15.4

Tallmadge: Eric Meek, 6th season at Toronto (34-36)
Western Reserve: Andy Hake, 6th season (62-10)

Next Up
Division VII, Region 23 Regional Semifinal: Winner plays either Lucas (6-4) or Plymouth (8-2)

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