Football Edges Lake in Scrimmage 16-14
Louisville 16, Lake 14
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team defeated the visiting Lake Blue Streaks 16-14 in a scrimmage Saturday Morning at Louisville Leopards Stadium.
Neither team scored after each team ran two, 10-play series on offense that started from their own 35. All of the scoring happened in the overtime/redzone situations which started at the opponents 25 yard line and these series were treated like a real game situation.
The Blue Streaks found the endzone on their first overtime possession. Facing a 4th-and-5 from the 10, Runningback Mike Gillespie got open in the flat before catching a touchdown pass from Quarterback Zack Straley. Austin Coldsnow added the extra point to put Lake ahead 7-0.
The Leopards immediately answered back on the first play of their possession. Quarterback Brody Hahn dropped in a perfectly placed pass in the front, left corner of the endzone. Wide Receiver Max Hartline hauled it in and the referees threw their hands in the air after a short delay. Louisville elected not to play a conversion attempt leaving the score at 7-6.
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The Leopards kept the ball on offense due to the nature of the scrimmage. After five plays, Louisville
faced a 4th-and-short from the Blue Streaks 6. Head Coach John Demarco elected to kick it and history was made. Hannah Baughman became the first female player to score in Leopards Football history (in a scrimmage or a game) when she booted through the 23 yard attempt. The kick put Louisville on top 9-7.
Each team would score one more time in their final two overtime situations. Lake’s Robert Harris used his 6’5 frame to get open in the right corner of the endzone. Quarterback Owen Goodheart delivered the 23 yard strike on the play, which put the Blue Streaks back in the lead. David Harbaugh’s extra point attempt was successful and Lake pulled ahead 14-9.
On the Leopards final possession, Sean McKinney ran in the game-winning score from a yard out on the scrimmage’s final play. Gavin Birone caught a 9 yard strike from Quarterback Jared Mathie to setup the touchdown on the play before. Baughman kicked home the extra point to finalize the score at 16-14.
The Blue Steaks opening drive ended when Drew Doerschuck stormed in for a sack on the Louisville 46 yard line. The Leopards drove 55 yards on the first 9 plays of their opening possession. Tyler Adams made three defenders miss during his 17 yard reception to the Blue Streaks 25. Hahn then hit Hartline for a 15 yard gain on a perfectly executed bubble screen. The final play of the possession fell incomplete in the endzone.
Lake drove to the Louisville 26 on their second possession before their ten plays were up. The Leopards went to the ground on their second possession. Solid runs by Quarterback Trent Degenhard and Runningback Dylan Walczak moved the ball across midfield.
However, Louisville did not gain any yardage on their final five plays of the drive. The Leopards ran a desperation option play on the final play of their possession. The Blue Streaks read it perfectly and forced & recovered a fumble on their own 42.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Akron to take on the Archbishop Hoban Knights in a scrimmage on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 PM.
LEOPARDS 16, BLUE STREAKS 14
Lake – Mike Gillespie 10 Yard Pass from Zack Straley (Austin Coldsnow Kick) | LOU 0, LAKE 7
Louisville – Hannah Baughman 23 Yard Field Goal | LOU 9, LAKE 7
Lake – Robert Harris 23 Yard Pass from Owen Goodheart (David Harbaugh Kick) | LOU 9, LAKE 14
Louisville – Sean McKinney 1 Yard Run (Hannah Baughman Kick) | LOU 16, LAKE 14
Records: Louisville 1-0