Date: 8-26-2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Level: Varsity
Teams: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
Type: Non-Conference Game
Description

NON-CONFERENCE GAME, FIRST YEAR OF A HOME AND HOME CONTRACT

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Tom Beson Hall of Fame Stadium

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FINAL

Warren Harding (0-1)

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Canton McKinley (1-0)

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2nd  10:36  BULLDOGS  S.Snyder 25 yd field goal 
         9 plays, 50 yards, TOP 2:19  0 - 3 
         04:58  BULLDOGS  J.Chandler 17 yd run (S.Snyder kick failed) 
         9 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:00  0 - 9 
         02:19  RAIDERS   G.Washington 56 yd run (C.Stouffer kick) 
         5 plays, 72 yards, TOP 2:31  7 - 9 
3rd  11:29  BULLDOGS  D.Daniels 40 yd pass from J.Mack (A.Curtis pass failed) 
         1 play, 40 yards, TOP 0:25  7 - 15 
         02:57  BULLDOGS  J.Lewis 9 yd run (S.Snyder kick) 
         6 plays, 42 yards, TOP 1:35  7 - 22 
4th  11:26  BULLDOGS  J.Chandler 17 yd run (S.Snyder kick) 
         6 plays, 47 yards, TOP 1:13  7 - 29  
Spike CROP

THE INAUGURAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME AT TOM BENSON HALL OF FAME STADIUM

The 57th game in the series, last played in 2003.

Click on the game story from  FridayNightOhio.com and Cleveland.com
McKinley's Pups On The Run    No. 7 Canton McKinley opens Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with 29-7 win vs. No. 15 Warren Harding

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Scores: 29 McKinley High School Football
7 Warren Harding High School

Bulldogs second half defense puts bite on Raiders
By Keno Sultan
Canton McKinley Football writer

CANTON--Canton McKinley found themselves in a heavyweight tussle against Warren Harding and the game had the making of one that might have come down to who possessed the football last.

Such a possibility was obliterated in a resounding manner thanks to a parsimonious and unforgiving Bulldogs defense.
Using a 20-0 second half and a spectacular goal line stand in the second half, the host Bulldogs christened Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with a 29-7 triumph over the Raiders to commence the 2017 season with a much needed victory to abolish a four-game losing streak that ventured back to the eighth week of the previous season.

Both teams ran the ball well for most part but when it mattered most, the Canton McKinley defense eventually wore down the visitors as all three of their touchdowns all came in Raiders territory.

Third-year Canton McKinley field general Dan Reardon praised his stout defense for keeping the Raiders off the scoreboard in the second half after Geivonni Washington's 56 yard touchdown run provided a glimmer of hope for the black and gold clad team from Trumbull County late in the second quarter.

"We have the ability to play defense on the highest level. Warren Harding has a lot of weapons offensively and we did a good job of containing them," Reardon said. "That goal line stand against a good team like that is a confidence builder for us."

Offensively, Canton McKinley had a decent showing as they finished with 418 yards of total offense with 227 of those coming from the running game spearheaded by seniors Javon Lewis and West Virginia commit Josh Chandler.

Chandler finished with two touchdowns that both spanned 17 yards in the second and fourth quarter. His first touchdown was the first scored inside the new stadium. The Bulldogs first drive was a steady diet of runs from Lewis and junior quarterback Alijah Curtis. The drive spanned 10 plays that stalled when Sam Snyder missed a 25-yard field goal but made amends in the second quarter with a field goal from the same distance to open the scoring for the Bulldogs.

Despite not finishing their opening drive, it seemed to put the Raiders back on their heels for most of the evening. However, Reardon did not take that as a moral victory.

"The big thing is that we have to finish drives. We felt good about our ability to move the ball but we have to finish drives," he said.

The biggest play of the night came from tight end Daryl Daniels. He took a hand off from Curtis and the Raiders bit hard on the impending play. Daniels threw a pass over the middle to a wide open John Mack in the end zone and taking advantage of a busted assignment in the Harding secondary, Canton McKinley coming out of the locker room after intermission needed only two plays to firmly seize control of the contest.

That was the first of three Bulldogs scores in Raiders territory and marked the beginning of the end of the Raiders four-game winning streak over Canton McKinley as they slowly trudged off the field a fatigued team with over 22 minutes of game time remaining.

It was two years ago in Reardon's first season that the Bulldogs closed the book on the Fawcett Stadium era with a 30-28 win over Massillon that averted the Tigers from competing in the Division II playoffs. Two years later, Canton McKinley after playing an entire home schedule at Central Catholic Stadium returned to their original home field as winners in the pristine Benson Stadium.

"It was real important two years ago to close Fawcett the right way and it was real important to open Tom Benson the right way," Reardon said. "I think our kids took ownership in that and understood the significance of that."

Lewis ran for 128 yards on 23 carries while Chandler added 71 on 10 carries.

Warren Harding did not fare well passing the football only finishing with 30 yards with the services of Chris Chew and Zane Cyler. Kayron Adams led the Harding ground game with 138 yards on 20 carries.

With the first week of the season put to rest, the Bulldogs turn their sights to Wayne Hills (NJ) Patriots, a state champion last season in the state of New Jersey.
Reardon cautiously warned his players about complacency and what must change as his battalion of Bulldogs forge ahead to next Friday's contest.

"We have to own our mistakes and we have to commit to being coachable and getting better every week," he attested.

Canton McKinley found themselves in a war against longtime heavyweight Warren Harding. But thanks to the defense providing ferocious bite in the second half, the Bulldogs departed Benson Stadium as joyous winners.

Keno Sultan is the writer for Canton McKinley Football on Facebook. He can be reached at 234-521-4838 or email at KenoSultan@hotmail.com.