TOLEDO — For the first time since 2018, and for every player currently on the Toledo football team’s roster, the Riverhawks were able to outmuscle Onalaska in a 38-12 victory Friday night at home, in both team’s league openers.
The Riverhawks (3-1, 1-0 C2BL) outgained the Loggers (1-4, 0-1 C2BL) 363-129, and rushed for over 300 of those yards in the dominant victory.
For the first time since that district crossover win against the Loggers in 2018, Toledo was the more physical team.
“It was a big win,” Toledo coach Mike Christensen said. “Our guys responded physically, we’ve come so far since that first loss to Raymond-South Bend. I wasn’t happy with our execution that week, we challenged our guys and they responded. For us to respond, being physical right back, that was big for us.”
Christensen credited his seniors, led by Zane Ranney and Geoffrey Glass, that have helped turn the team around and get to the level they need to be four games into the season. The older guys led the charge after a tough Week 1 loss to RSB.
Glass finished with 197 yards on 24 carries with two total touchdowns, and quarterback Austin Norris added 69 yards on the ground and 41 passing yards with three total TDs.
“Our guys need to get stronger, that's what we’ve been talking about all year,” Christensen said. “You have to match physicality and our guys were physical up front.”
The Riverhawks held the Loggers to just 129 total yards, and held Ony off the scoreboard until the third quarter. Onalaska was led by Kayden Mozingo’s 81 yards rushing on the ground with a touchdown, and Blaze Underhill added a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Toledo heads to Wahkiakum next week for a tough road matchup, while the Loggers look for their first league win against Kalama on Thursday.