TORONTO, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mathews Mustangs run in the 2015 Division VII, Region 23 playoffs ended Friday night, losing to Toronto 49-7.
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With 5:32 remaining in the opening quarter, the Mustangs jumped on top . Going for it on fourth down, the Mustangs’ Bryan Leipply pulled down a nine yard pass for the game’s first score. A successful extra point made it 7-0.
The Red Knights would answer right back. On the first play of their next possession, Blaine Rawson connected with Ty West on a 63 yard touchdown pass. The extra point tied things at 7.
In the second quarter, the Red Knights struck again. With 10:56 in the quarter Dan Zdinak took the ball 11 yards for the score, increasing the Toronto lead to 14-7.
Looking to tie things up, the Mustangs coughed up the ball and Toronto’s Justin Starkey scooped up the ball to take possession and the Red Knights would capitalize on a 13 yard Drew Lowery run to make it 21-7.
Mathews continued to fight. Driving for a score, Leipply looked like he was going to bring the game to within a single score when he was stripped from behind, losing the ball and giving possession back to the Red Knights.
With 3:49 remaining before halftime, the Red Knights added to their lead on a Ty West six yard touchdown reception from Blaine Rawson to make it 27-7 Toronto.
In the second half, the Red Knights continued to pour it on. With 7:13 in the third, Drew Lowery punched it in from one yard out. A successful two-point conversion made it 35-7.
WIth 0:44 remaining in the third quarter, the Red Knights’ special teams got in on the scoring when Max Tice took a punt back 40 yards for the score, making it 42-7 Toronto.
In the fourth, the Red Knights’ Zdinak took it in from nine yards out to increase the Toronto lead to 49-7.
Toronto will move into the second round of the playoffs where they will take on top ranked Warren JFK next week.