Jones Throws for 404 Yards as Leopards Down Warriors 38-20 – Varsity Football
Louisville 38, Carrollton 20
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team defeated the Carrollton Warriors 38-20 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the win, Louisville improves to 3-4 on the season and ups their NBC mark to 3-1.
Quarterback Colton Jones completed 27 of 39 passes for 404 yards, threw for 3 touchdowns, and ran for another to lead the Leopards offense. Wide Receivers Max Hartline and Bryce Zuppe both finished with touchdown grabs and an identical stat line of 9 catches for 120 yards each. Logan Thomas also made 5 catches for 80 yards and caught a touchdown and Jack Davis hauled in 2 catches fro 57 yards.
Louisville amassed 534 total yards offense in the game, which included 28 carries for 130 yards on the ground. Runningback Nathan Guiley was the Leopards leading rusher with 20 carries for 91 yards. Hartline also scored on an 11 yard touchdown run late in the contest.
A somewhat lethargic first half of action that featured just 16 points quickly escalated into a track meet as the two teams combined for 28 points in the third quarter alone. Louisville stole a possession when Marc Joseph’s opening second half kickoff ricochet off a Carrollton player and Dillon Rebuck pounced on it at the Warriors 47 yard line. Ironically, this would be the only full possession of the quarter that didn’t produce points.
The two squads battled back-and-forth as the lead exchanged hands on four straight possessions. Warriors Quarterback Parker Crim ran for two of his 3 touchdowns in the period as he scored from 9 and 21 yards out. Runningback Chase Flanagan’s 29 yard run keyed their first scoring drive to put them ahead 12-10. On their second scoring drive, Crim flipped the field with a 27 yard run and a Louisville personal foul tacked on 15 more. He scored on the next play to give Carrollton an 18-17 edge. Flanagan plunged in for the two-point conversion to extend their lead to 20-17.
The Warriors would finish with 38 carries for 199 yards on the ground. Crim was Carrollton’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 98 yards. Flanagan also carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards.
The Leopards marched 72 yards on 7 plays on their first scoring drive of the third quarter. Jones found Hartline down the left sideline for a gain of 29 across midfield. Then Guiley ran for a pair of first downs to set up Louisville 1st-and-Goal from the 1. A beautiful play action Quarterback keep by Jones put the Leopards back in front at 13-10 on the next play.
Louisville set the tone early on their next drive as well. Jones stepped up in the pocket, made a Warrior miss, and completed a short pass to Davis Burick. The shifty Burick dodged two tacklers and spun his way to a first down. Burick would also draw a pass interference call two plays later to put the Leopards in business at the Carrollton 35. Jones completion to Hartline netted 19 yards on the next play for another Louisville first down. Two plays later, the same duo connected again for a 10 yard touchdown and what proved to be the game winning score.
The Leopard defense came up with three different fourth down stops to preserve the lead and their second straight victory. Louisville dodged a bullet when Carrollton’s 4th-and-7 pass fell through the hands of an open receiver in the endzone. The Leopards halted the Warriors on a pair of 4th-and-1 attempts later on in the period from midfield and at the Carrollton 11. The Louisville defenders celebrated in jubilation as both chain measurements extended pass the nose of the football.
While the defense came up big, the offense continued to go to work in the final quarter. The Leopards kept their first drive alive when Jones rifled a 15 yard completion to Thomas to convert a 3rd-and-12. Louisville went for the knockout punch on the next play as Zuppe hauled in a 46 yard touchdown pass that was dropped in perfectly by Jones. That gave the Leopards a 31-20 advantage.
On the first play of their next drive, Guiley found a seam and scampered for a gain of 49 to the Warriors 4. After some extracurricular activity, the Carrollton defense would stop Louisville on downs. However, the Leopards defense returned the favor with a 4-and-out. On the next play, the uncontainable Hartline made 5 Warriors miss on his way to a coffin-nailing 11 yard touchdown run. A Leopard holding penalty set the extra point attempt, but Kicker Hannah Baughman nailed it all the more from 30 yards away. She also split the uprights on a 22 yard field goal in the first half and finished with 8 points.
With the victory, the Leopards have now defeated the Warriors in 5 straight contents and in 12 of their last 13 meetings overall. Louisville now leads the all-time series 35-5-2 which includes a 20-2 mark at home. The last time Carrollton won at Louisville was September 29, 1934 when the Warriors defeated the Louisville Blue Raiders 19-7. The Leopards have now won 16 straight NBC games at home dating back to 2013.
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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to West Branch to take on the Warriors on Friday, October 13. Game time is set for 7:00 PM from Clinton Heacock Stadium.
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Full Game Statistics
LEOPARDS 38, WARRIORS 20
C- 10:32 – Parker Crim 1 yd run
14 plays 67 yds
L – 2:12 – Hannah Baughman 22 yd Field Goal
8 plays 60 yds
C – 6:00 – Parker Crim 9 yd run
9 plays 65 yds
C – 3:25 – Parker Crim 21 yd run
Chase Flanagan conversion run
2 plays 63 yds
First Downs: Carrollton: 15
Rushing: Carrollton: 38 carries for 199 yds 3 TD’s
Louisville: 28 carries for 130 yds 2 TD’s
Passing: Carrollton: 6 of 20 for 47 yds 0 TD’s ) INT’s
Louisville: 27 of 40 for 404 yds 3 TD’s 0 INT’s
Fumbles / Lost: Carrollton: 1 / 0
Louisville: 1 / 0
Penalties / Yds. Carrollton: 7 / 40
Louisville: 9 / 105
3rd Down Conversions: Carrollton: 4 / 14
Louisville: 3 / 7
4th Down Conversions: Carrollton: 2 / 5
Louisville: 1 / 2
Carrollton: Parker Crim: 14 carries for 98 yds 3 TD’s
Chase Flanagan: 20 carries for 91 yds
Carrollton: Parker Crim: 5 of 18 for 28 yds 0 TD’s 0 INT
Chase Flanagan: 1 of 2 for 19 yds 0 TD’s 0 INT
Carrollton: Braden Wells: 3 catches for 39 yds
Louisville: Max Hartline: 9 catches for 120 yds 1 TD
Bryce Zuppe: 9 catches for 120 yds 1 TD
Logan Thomas: 5 catches for 80 yds 1 TD
Jack Davis: 2 cathces for 57 yds
Davis Burick: 2 catches for 27 yds
Records: Louisville 3-4, 3-1; Carrollton 1-6, 0-4