Kirtland’s Joey Torok ran for a career-high 247 yards on just six carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Hornets to a 42-6 win over visiting Cuyahoga Heights on Friday.
Torok ran for touchdowns of 72, 63 and 63 yards on first down of each of Kirtland’s first three offensive possessions as the Hornets built a 21-3 first quarter lead.
“The offensive line opened three huge holes on my first three carries and that’s why they broke for touchdowns,” Torok said. “They did an awesome job all night and it made things a lot easier for all of our backs. It seemed like everything was working just because of the line doing such an amazing job. Cuyahoga Heights is always a great opponent so to have a game like that against them is huge.”
Torok added a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Mason Sullivan scored on a seven-yard run to give Kirtland a 35-3 halftime lead.
Luke Gardner broke a 64-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to close out the scoring for Kirtland. Ryan Rose kicked a 25-yard field goal for the Redskins with 1:23 left in the third quarter.
As a team, Kirtland finished with 407 rushing yards on 26 carries while limiting the Redskins to just 234 yards of offense.
“Heights always has a good offense and they are coached so well,” Torok said. “Tonight our interior linemen did a great job getting through the line and making some plays. Also, our secondary did a good job limiting big plays. Overall, it was just a great night for our defense.”
Kirtland will take its 6-0 record to Fairport Harding on Friday while Cuyahoga Heights (4-2) travels to Wickliffe.