Tolton beats Harrisburg 63-0 in season opener

Saturday, August 23, 2014 | 1:03 a.m. CDT; updated 3:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, August 23, 2014
Tolton defeated Harrisburg 63-0 in Friday's season opener.

COLUMBIA — Chad Masters saw it in the offseason.

The Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School football team coach had two quarterbacks. One who played last year, and another who was competing for the job.

The competitor was Jon Steinmetz, who Masters chose as this year's starting quarterback and who led Tolton to a 63-0 victory over Harrisburg on Friday.

It was a long night for Tolton's opponents, as Harrisburg struggled to even get the snap from the center to the quarterback throughout the first quarter.

Jon Steinmetz led Tolton up and down the field all Friday night.

"He throws a great football," head coach Chad Masters said. "For a kid that's about a buck-45 he's got a cannon for an arm."

Masters said he made the decision to try a new quarterback during the offseason.

"During our camps they were both working out at that spot," Masters said about the switch. "Through more work during the summer it just became more evident that it was gonna make us a little more explosive."

While Steinmetz was scoring touchdowns all night, Tolton's former quarterback Christian Elliott flexed his muscles on the defensive side of the ball. He spent the night terrorizing the Harrisburg receivers and even returned an interception for a score, a play that was later reversed because of a penalty by Tolton.

"Adding Christian Elliott into the mix on the defensive side helps, I mean he's too good an athlete not to be on the field," Masters said.

The coach said he credits Elliott's and the rest of the defense's success to their time spent in the weight room.

"You start playing a better defense when you start getting bigger and stronger," he said.

By the fourth quarter, Tolton was up 56-0, so the Trailblazers tried out some of the younger players, such as freshman Steven Devine who ended up throwing a touchdown pass to senior receiver Sam Carter.

"That's something that we're constantly trying to build is depth in our program." Masters said about the young quarterback. "It does give us some hope that we'll be able to replace these seniors somewhere down the road."

Masters said they'll celebrate tonight, but it's back to work Saturday morning.

"We have a 24-hour rule around here," Masters said, "It's probably the biggest cliche, but we really live by it."

Masters said the team still has things to improve on, and will pinpoint some holes, if any, after watching Friday's game film.

"Our season is not defined by one game," Masters said. "It's defined by the process of improvement."

Supervising editor Raymond Howze.

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