CAMPBELL, Ohio – On the very first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback and homecoming king candidate, Christian Stores, connected with freshman Dylon Henderson for a 60-yard touchdown just 15 seconds into the game.
After driving over an hour north, Toronto was already trailing by a score. Red Knights head coach, Josh Franke, turned to his senior leaders to will them down the field. Four different players would carry the ball on Toronto’s first drive. With 4th and goal from the 5, coach Franke turned to senior, Garrett Dozier, for a big play but would be stuffed at the goal line by the Red Devil defense. Just one play later, Campbell running back, James Shaffer, would be taken down in his own endzone for a safety.
Trailing 7-2, Toronto took over at their own 40, but Campbell would force a three and out. The very first play of the Red Devil’s drive, Henderson would put the ball on the ground, allowing Toronto to take over in Campbell territory. Able to capitalize on their good field position, Toronto quarterback, Caleb Leasure, was able to connect with Bryson Anderson for an 18-yard score, giving Toronto their first lead of the night.
While the Red Knights never relinquished their lead after Leasure’s touchdown pass, Campbell would not go easily into the night. Following a 17-yard carry by Toronto’s Dozier to put the Red Knights ahead 14-7, Christian Stores and the Red Devils would take over with just 4 minutes remaining.
Battling through injury, Stores was able to lead his team down the field. Connecting with 4 different receivers on the drive, Stores was able to cap it with a 22-yard touchdown pass to James Shaffer, moving the score t0 13-14 at the half.
While the scoring would halt there for the Red Devils, Toronto would keep points on the board throughout the second half. Staring 4th and goal right in the face, Leasure was able to connect with wide receiver, Jojo Savage, in the front corner of the endzone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Then in the 4th, senior fullback, Ryan Matyas, was able to punch one in from 4 yards out, putting the score where it would finish, 26-13.
Campbell: As of now, the Red Devils will travel to Brookfield (3-1). Brookfield’s scheduled game for this week against Champion was canceled.
Toronto: Looking to get back to .500, the Red Knights will return home to face off against the Catholic Central Crusaders (0-4).
*Contributed by YSN’s Jamie Thomson.