Landry Williams and Robert Signater go back a long way.
Signater, the McKinley coach, didn’t let personal affection get in the way Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
McKinley tallied 268 rushing yards of offense and ran away with a 40-7 victory over Glen Oaks.
“It was a good win, but I feel sorry for my friend (Glen Oaks coach) Landry Williams,” Signater said. “He was undermanned.”
Physicality was the main issue for Class 3A Glen Oaks squad. McKinley (2-0), of Class 5A, wore down Glen Oaks with its relentless ground attack.
“They set the line of scrimmage and did a good job of roughing us up through the linebackers,” Williams said. “They’ve got the talent to do that and they did.”
Sophomore running back Brandon Butler led the McKinley rushing attack with five carries for 95 yards. Junior Phil Randall pitched in 10 rushes for 64 yards, and sophomore Tyrone Scott had 12 carries for 36 yards, including two touchdowns.
The multi-pronged attack made up for the fact that McKinley’s top back, Lenard Tillery is sidelined with an injury.
“We got a bunch of real good young backs,” Signater said. “Our No. 1 back (Tillery) has a little tweak, so he couldn’t play. We had to run by committee, and I think those young guys did a really good job.”
Senior jack-of-all-trades Johnta’ Hebert had 14 carries for 82 yards and a score to pace Glen Oaks (0-2). Sophomore quarterback Christian Walker was 9-of-19 for 72 yards and a pick.
Both players were home run threats throughout the game, but were brought down by inopportune penalties.
“Our guys just can’t figure it out,” Williams said. “If we can’t, it’s gonna be a long season.”
McKinley came out firing in the first half. After forcing a three-and-out on the opening drive, Jarred Hayes marched McKinley 55 yards in seven plays, connecting with Herring on a 30-yard scoring strike to go up 6-0.
On the next possession, junior Alvin Vaughn blocked the Panthers’ punt attempt, and the Tigers recovered at the Glen Oaks 30-yard line.
From there, it took six plays before Scott punched in a 19-yard touchdown run to pad the lead. Scott also ran in the two-point conversion, pushing the score to 14-0.
Glen Oaks’ only glimmer of hope came on the next drive, where Hebert raced to a 61-yard score to narrow the gap. Kalvin Lee’s kick made it 14-7.
McKinley didn’t waste much time responding. Hayes and company embarked on an 11-play, 55-yard drive capped by a one-yard score from Randall to increase the lead to 20-7.
After 36-yard punt return from Cody Swain set up the Tigers on the 19-yard line, it only took McKinley two plays to score, with Scott punching in the touchdown from 16 yards out. Quinn’s kick made it 27-7.
McKinley would go on to tack two more scores in the second half - including a 45-yard touchdown scamper from Butler - to seal the game.
Williams, who coached under Signater, said his mentor got the best of him.
“We go way back,” Williams said. “He was the better guy tonight.”