United beats up Knights
TORONTO — The United football team scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters and did not look back en route to a 42-12 victory over Toronto in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference contest Friday night at Clarke Hinkle Field to spoil senior night for the Red Knights.
“I’ve never been through a stretch of games like this,” Toronto (4-5) head coach Eric Meek said. “I don’t know what to say. We are not very physical; that is all I can say. I want to thank our four seniors. This was their last game here at Clarke Hinkle Field. We have to get better. We are going to try and get better and get ready for Wellsville.”
Toronto has lost four straight games, all coming against EOAC opponents. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles have won two straight.
United totaled 297 yards of total offense on just 28 plays for an average of 10.6 yards per play.
“Our offense executed really well,” United (5-4) head coach Michael Demster said. “Give Toronto credit. Their kids played hard. They have a class program. Coach Meek does a great job. They made no excuses.”
The Golden Eagles ran for 229 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries, while throwing for 68 yards on four pass plays. Cade Wood led the way on the ground with 131 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. Ethan Antram tallied a 21-yard touchdown run on his only carry of the game, and Tyler Lippiatt collected a touchdown on a 9-yard run on his only carry.
Quarterback Nathan Mikell completed 2-of-3 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 26 yards on four carries. Kaden Smith caught one pass for 43 yards, and Bodey Kiko caught one pass for 19 yards and a touchdown.
The Red Knights collected 222 yards of offense on 52 plays. Toronto ran for 147 yards and threw for 75. Quarterback Nathan Karaffa finished with 120 yards on offense. He ran for 45 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while completing 4-of-13 passes for 75 yards.
“Nathan can run the ball really well,” Meek said. “His speed is a good thing for us. Obviously teams are keying on him.”
Garrett Dozier delivered 34 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Zach Stackhouse and Kobe Herrick each caught one pass for 22 yards. Frank Fulton netted 20 yards on one catch, while Nick Sninchak caught one pass for 11 yards.
The Golden Eagles made big plays in all three phases of the game. United intercepted a pass, blocked a punt and stuffed an extra point.
“It was a comprehensive win,” Demster said. “I like it when we play well in all three phases.”
In the first quarter, Antram opened the scoring with a 21-yard run, and then Wood ran for a 20-yard score to put the Golden Eagles on top 14-0.
Then, Karaffa ran for a 51-yard score to make the score 14-6, but the Golden Eagles blocked the extra point. Wood scored his second touchdown on an 8-yard run to make the score 21-6.
In the second quarter, Lippiatt scored on a 9-yard run, Wood scored on a 65-yard run and Bodey Kiko caught a 19-yard touchdwon pass from Mikell to give the Golden Eagles a 42-6 advantage at halftime. The second half was played under a running clock.
Dozier scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter, but the two-point conversion run failed, keeping the score at 42-12.
Both teams are scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Friday night in EOAC matchups. Toronto is scheduled to play Wellsville on the road at Nicholson Stadium, while United is slated to host Lisbon. This is the second straight season the Red Knights and Tigers will play at Wellsville.
UN: 21-21-0-0 — 42
TO: 6-0-6-0 — 12
UN– Ethan Antram 21 run (Antram kick)
UN– Cade Wood 20 run (Antram kick)
TO– Karaffa 51 run (kick blocked)
UN–Cade Wood 8 run (Antram kick)
UN–Tyler Lippiatt 9 run (Antram kick)
UN–Cade Wood 65 run (Himes kick)
UN –Bodey Kiko 19 pass from Nate Mikell (Antram kick)
TO –Dozier 5 run (run fail)
RUSHING: United 24-229-5 (Mikell 4-26; Bailey 1-2; Antrum 1-21; Ogilive 2-2; Wood 7-131; Lippiatt 1-9; Rhodes 3-(-3); Jones 3-30; McIntosh 2-11); Toronto 39-147-2 (Karaffa 11-45; King-Thompson 3-8; Dozier 9-34; Herrick 6-12; Thomas 1-13; Savage 2-(-8); Whittman 2-3; Smith 3-18; Pearson 2-22)
PASSING: United 3-4-68-1-0 (Mikell 2-3-62-1-0; Ogilive 1-1-6-0-0); Toronto 4-13-75-0-1 (all by Karaffa)
RECEIVING: United 3-68 (Smioth 1-43; Kiko 1-19); Toronto 4-75 (Stackhouse 1-22; Herrick 1-22; Sninchak 1-11; Fulton 1-20)
FIRST DOWNS: United 11; Toronto 15.
PENALTIES-YARDS: United 7-55; Toronto 6-25.
PUNTS-AVERAGE: United 1-34; Toronto 2-11.5.
FUMBLES-LOST: United 0-0 ; Toronto 0-0.