Louisville Shines Golden Against Minerva 53-0
Louisville 53, Minerva 0
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team shutout the visiting Minerva Lions 53-0 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improves to 3-2 overall and is now 2-0 in NBC play.
The Leopards scored on all six of their first half possessions and twice on defense in taking a 40-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Brody Hahn finished the opening half by throwing for 106 yards & 2 touchdowns and was also the game’s leading rusher with 49 yards & a touchdown on the ground.
The Louisville Defense was instrumental in forcing 5 takeaways and creating points of their own. Drew Doerschuk and Cade Stertzbach stormed into the Minerva backfield to tally a safety. Later, Cam Lingle intercepted a Lions pass and returned it 52 yards to the house.
Doerschuk also intercepted a pass to setup another short field, Jared Mathie recovered a second half fumble to halt Minerva’s deepest scoring threat, and Corey White recorded an interception & recovered a fumble. White has now taken the ball away from opponents 4 times in the past two games. Constant pressure led by Linebacker Justin Vanover helped produce many of these takeaways.
Wide Receiver Tyler Adams caught only 2 passes for 51 yards, but it was enough to rewrite the Leopards Record Book. Adams got the Leopards on the board first when he caught a 43 yard touchdown pass from Brody Hahh. The touchdown grab tied him with Brandon Mathie (2007-2008) for the most career catches in school history. The touchdown reception was the 25th of his career, tying him with Justin Boudler (2000-2002) atop the all-time Louisville list. Adams also made an 8 yard reception just before halftime to surpass Mathie’s reception mark.
Adams record-breaking catch helped continue a drive that setup more Leopards Football history
making. After two first down runs by Hahn, Louisville setup for a field goal with 3 seconds remaining before halftime. Placekicker Hannah Baughman banged home a 28 yard field goal from the left hash making her the first female player to accomplish such a feat in Leopards history. Baughman would finish 6 of 6 on extra point attempts as well.
The Leopards out-gained the Lions 314-192 in total yards, which included a 208-34 advantage on the ground. Starting Runningback Gavin VanZant finished with 38 yards and a score, backup Quarterback Trent Degenhard rushed for 41 yards and scored the final Louisville touchdown, and Dylan Walczak finished with 39 yards on 7 carries.
Logan Thomas also had a 29 yard touchdown reception to put the Leopards ahead 23-0 with 3 seconds left in the first quarter. Fellow Receiver Max Hartline didn’t score through the air, but more than made up for it by returning the opening second half kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. That made it 47-0 and a continuous clock was implemented throughout.
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Minerva (0-5, 0-2) was led by Quarterback Brock Croston who was 14 of 22 for 154 yards in the passing game. Connor Fritz was the Lions top recipient with 7 catches for 72 yards and A.J. Vasilliu finished with 3 carries for 23 yards on the ground.
With the victory, Louisville has now defeated Minerva in 5 straight contests and their last 8 meetings at home. The Leopards now lead the all-time series 64-20-5, which includes a 31-11-2 mark in games played at Louisville. This is the 32nd time the Leopards have shutout the Lions all-time.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Marlington to take on the undefeated Dukes on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 PM.
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L – 2:56 – Safety Minerva RB tackled in End Zone
L – 7:03 – Gavin Van Zant 5 yd run
Hannah Baughman PAT
2 plays 19 yds
L – 0:00 – Hannah Baughman 28 yd Field Goal
5 plays 43 yds
L – 11:40 – Max Hartline 84 yd Kickoff Return
Hannah Baughman PAT
1 play 84 yds
L – 7:00 – Trent Degenhard 2 yd run
14 plays 89 yds
Minerva: 20 carries for 34 yds
Louisville: 33 carries for 208 yds 3 TD’s
Minerva: 15 of 23 for 158 yds 0 Td’s 3 INT’s
Louisville: 5 of 8 for 106 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT’s
Fumbles / Lost:
Minerva: 3 / 2
Louisvilel: 1 / 0
Penalties / Yds:
Minerva: 8 / 65
Louisville: 4 / 30
3rd Down Conversions:
Minerva: 3 / 10
Louisville: 5 / 6
4th Down Conversions:
Minerva: 0 / 4
Louisville: 0 / 1
A.J. Vassillia : 3 carries for 23 yds
Brody Hahn: 5 carries for 49 yds 1 TD
Gavin Van Zant: 7 carries for 38 yds 1 TD
Tyler Adams: 1 carry for 4 yds
Trent Degenhard: 6 carries for 41 yds 1 TD
Dylan Walczak: 7 carries for 39 yds
Logan BantaL 5 casrries for 22 yds
Jared Mathie: 1 carry for 15 yds
Connor Fritz: 7 catches for 72 yds
Brock Croston: 14 of 22 for 154 yds 0 TD’s 3 INT’s
Brody Hahn: 5 of 7 for 106 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT’s
Records: Louisville 3-2, 2-0; Minerva 0-5, 0-2