STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – After two seasons working as an assistant coach and nearly two decades running little league football in Wellsville, Derrick Spann was thrown directly into a rivalry game on his first night on the job as the Tigers’ head coach. Unfortunately, the Red Knights spoiled the debuts for Spann and the Tigers, winning 22-13 in the second half of a double-header at Harding Stadium in Steubenville.
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Toronto’s Blaze Glenn scored from 5 yards out to cap an 11 play, 55 yard drive with 3:24 left in the 1st quarter to give the Red Knights the early lead.
He scored again from 17 yards out to cap a 3 play, 38 yard drive with 11:53 left in the second quarter to give Toronto a 15-0 lead.
The Red Knights would extend the lead to 22-0 with 2:49 left in the first half when Ty West returned an interception 67 yards to the endzone.
The Tigers’ first score of the season would come with just 30 seconds left in the first half, with QB Justin Miller connecting on a 40 yard touchdown pass with Mike Shope. Toronto would take a 22-7 lead into halftime.
After recovering a Red Knight fumble, Wellsville’s Shope struck again. This time it was a 25 yard rushing score, cutting the Toronto lead to 22-13 with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter. But that would be the end of the Tigers’ comeback attempt.
Wellsville (0-1) will be on the road again in week two against East Palestine. Toronto (1-0) will host Bridgeport.
Last season, Wellsville and Toronto both advanced to the post-season. That marked the first time that both schools qualified in the same season. The Tigers had taken seven straight contests from the Red Knights before tonight.
Steubenville defeated Cleveland JFK 53-0 in the opening game of the double-header.