Salem Quakers at Louisville Leopards 2015 Football Video Highlights
Louisville 40, Salem 10
The Louisville Leopards ousted visiting Salem from the ranks of the undefeated with a 40-10 thrashing of the Quakers Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the victory, Louisville improves to 8-1 overall on the year and clinches a share of the NBC by improving to 6-0 in the league. The win also puts the Leopards in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Runningback Rahzul Young carried the ball 24 times for 165 yards and scored 3 touchdowns to lead the Leopards. Tyler Adams also made 9 catches for 105 yards and caught a pair of touchdowns from Quarterback Jake Adams. Tyler Adams also threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Conner Bast on a gadget play to open up the scoring.
Louisville recorded their first of two takeaways to setup their first scoring drive. Salem drove the ball to midfield before a big hit by Linebacker Kyle Ashcraft jarred the ball free from the Quaker ballcarrier. Defensive Back Casey Nau pounced on it at the Salem 49 yard line and Louisville would find the endzone five players later.
The Quakers chopped the Leopards lead in half when Max Righetti booted a new Louisville Leopards Stadium record long 45 yard field goal through the uprights to make it 6-3. The score capped off a 12 play, 70 yard Salem scoring drive.
Louisville answered back by pounding out a 12 play scoring drive of their own. The Leopards went to Young on 10 of those 12 plays including his 2 yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter.
Things got sloppy in the second quarter. Salem had a big gain on a reverse wiped out by a penalty and then fumbled the ball away back to Louisville. The Leopards gave it right back on the next play when Cooper Bezeredi made an interception in the endzone for Salem. The Quakers used the momentum to gain a first down to start their next drive, but went in reverse after that via penalties. This included back-to-back personal foul calls forcing the Quakers to punt from their own 6 on 4th-and-44.
Tyler Adams caught the ensuing punt at the Salem 38 and returned it 18 yards. Four plays later Young scored again from a yard away to put the Leopards in complete control at 19-3.
Salem went 3-and-out on the following drive. Louisville’s Daichi Castles and Jimmy Leonard charged in for a second down sack to setup a 3rd-and-14 play that fell incomplete. The Leopards offense continued to click as a 7 play, 54 yard drive produced their third touchdown of the quarter. Jake Adams hit Tyler Adams on a Bubble Screen pass and TA broke free for a 21 yard score to put the Leps up 26-3. Jake Adams would finish the evening 13 of 18 for 140 yards through the air.
Louisville nearly enforced the mercy rule by halftime, but fell 11 yards short as time expired. Nevertheless, the Leopards opened the second half with a 9 play, 57 yard scoring drive that ended with Young blasting in from 2 yards out for his third endzone trip of the night.
The Leopards would add another score before the third quarter ended when Jake Adams found Tyler Adams in the back of the endzone for a 10 yard touchdown. With the catch, Tyler Adams ties Brandon Mathie for the team record for most touchdown catches in a season with 12. The score was the icing on the cake for as Louisville took a 40-3 lead into the final quarter.
After surrendering 34 straight points to the Leopards, Quakers Quarterback Matt Weingart completed a 20 yard touchdown pass to D.J. Pullie with 8:06 left in the game. Weingart would finish 7 of 14 for 54 yards passing and Bezeredi was Salem’s leading rusher with 13 carries for 64 yards. However, the Quakers efforts were marred by 8 penalties for 101 yards. Salem drops to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the NBC.
With the win, the Leopards have now defeated the Quakers 7 straight times. Louisville leads the all-time series 8-2, which includes a 5-0 mark at home. The Leopards have now won 20 consecutive NBC games overall.
Louisville has won 34 league titles in their history with this being their 13th NBC Crown since joining the league in 1990. Also, the Leopards have now qualified for the playoffs 16 times in the last 25 seasons. They currently sit in the 4th spot in DIII, Region 7 and would host Medina Buckeye if the season ended tonight.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next hit the road for Canton South to take on the Wildcats in the Regular Season finale on Friday, October 30 at 7:00 PM.
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S – 4:19 – Max Righetti 45 yd Field Goal
12 plays 70 yds
L – 11:56 – Rahzul Young 2 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
12 plays 77 yds
L – 6:49 – Rahzul Young 1 yd run
4 plays 20 yds
L – 7:53 – Rahzul Young 2 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
9 plays 57 yds
S – 8:06 – D.J. Pullie 20 yd pass from Matt Weingart
Max Righetti PAT
7 plays 54 yds
Salem: 27 carries for 108 yds
Louisville: 39 carries for 206 yds 3 TD’s
Salem: 7 of 14 for 54 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Louisville: 14 of 19 for 165 yds 3 TD’s 1 INT
Fumbles / Lost:
Salem: 2 /2
Louisville: 0 / 0
Penalties / Yds.:
Salem: 8 / 101 yds
Louisville: 6 / 65 yds
3rd Down Conversions:
Salem: 2 / 10
Louisville: 8 / 10
4th Down Conversions:
Salem: 1 / 1
Louisville: 1 / 1
Salem: Cooper Bezeredi: 13 carries for 64 yds
Louisville: Rahzul Young: 24 carries for 165 yds 3 TD’s
Noah Bellew: 11 carries for 38 yds
Salem: Jake Humeniuk: 2 catches for 24 yds
Louisville: Tyler Adams: 9 catches for 105 yds 2 TD’s
Conner Bast: 3 catches for 40 yds 1 TD
Brock Haren: 1 catch for 10 yds
Rahzul Young: 1 catch for 10 yds
Records: Louisville 8-1, 6-0; Salem 8-1, 5-1