BELLAIRE - Leading Toronto 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, St. John Central coach Jason Merryman liked his team's chances as the Red Knights were faced with a second-and-38 from their own 47.
"We knew what was coming. We told them (the defense) a screen pass was coming," Merryman said. "And, not only did they (Toronto) complete it, it went for a touchdown. What else can you say?"
The 53-yard scoring strike from Blaze Glenn to brother Chez Glenn jump-started the Red Knights (2-4) to a 27-0 fourth-quarter explosion that led to a come-from-behind, 48-28, victory against the Irish (2-4) before an overflow Homecoming crowd at the Irish Youth Sports Complex.
"To me, that was the play of the game," Merryman added. "We had them in a second and long situation and we were up by one score."
Veteran Toronto head coach Eric Meek agreed.
"That was a big play ... the screen," he said. "We've got some good team speed, so we try to utilize it. I've been trying to throw screens for years. We're finally doing well with it.
The game was a track meet for the most part as the two small school rivals went toe-to-toe until the screen pass turned the tide.