GLIDE — Number three-ranked Toledo (7-1, 2-2 Sunset) traveled to Glide Friday night and came away with a 38-14 win over the No. 11 Wildcats (4-4 overall). The contest sets the table for the highly anticipated matchup between Toledo and the No. 4 Coquille Red Devils.
Toledo got on the board early with a seven-play, 72-yard drive capped off with a 25-yard run by senior Cody Nicholson to go up 7-0. Glide responded with a touchdown of its own and a two-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead late in the first quarter. Toledo scored on the following kickoff when sophomore Ashten Fisher took the rock from his own eight, traveling 92 yards for the house call and taking the score to 14-8.
Glide fumbled on its first play of the following drive, allowing Cody Nicholson to scamper 17 yards for his second touchdown of the night, 21-8. After a three-and-out from Glide, Nicholson eventually kicked a 29-yard field goal, lighting the board 24-8 at the half.
“It was very exciting to score a bunch of touchdowns and the field goal was great,” said senior Cody Nicholson.
Head coach Jeff Taylor explained, “We came out after the loss and the guys gave us a great week of practice and executed the game plan. Glide is a good team and we showed a lot with no Conner (Marchant), Vill (Donovan Villanueva), and some other players that were injured.”
The second half was more of the same for the Boomers, outscoring Glide 14-6 in the half with touchdowns from Ashten Fisher on a 21-yard reception from Jaxon Rozewski and freshman Gunner Rothenberger’s four-yard run.
Senior Kyle Hayner did not score in the contest, but he handled the lion’s share of the work with 18 carries for 149 yards. Jaxon Rozewski went 14-24 for 190 yards and one touchdown. Toledo gained 492 yards of offense and has the state’s best 2A offense with 3,392 total yards. Coquille, who will be visiting Toledo on Friday, has the third-best 2A offense with 2,566 total yards.
“This is going to be a battle,” Taylor predicted. “It will impact a number of things. Are we Sunset champs? How is our seeding going into playoffs? Have we accomplished our goals? All we can do is prepare, prepare, prepare and do our jobs. One day at a time, one play at a time. If we do that, we can be satisfied with the results.”
Number 4 Coquille (7-1, 3-0 Sunset) arrives in Toledo Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Sunset Conference Title on the line. If Coquille wins, they will earn their second consecutive outright Sunset Conference Title. If Toledo wins, there will be three Sunset Conference Co-Champions with No. 3 Toledo, No. 4 Coquille, and No. 10 Bandon.