Louisville Leopards at Poland Seminary Bulldogs Playoff Football Video Highlights 2015

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Louisville 42, Poland Seminary 7

The 5th Seeded Louisville Leopards dismantled the host 4th Seeded Poland Seminary Bulldogs 42-7 in the DIII, Region 7 Quarterfinals at Dave Pavlansky Field Friday Night. The victory is the Leopards first in the playoffs since 2008 as they improved to 10-1 on the season.

Quarterback Jakes Adams was 26 of 41 for 310 yards & had 2 touchdowns through the air to go along with a rushing score. Runningback Rahzul Young also had 25 carries for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Leopards.

Louisville dominated the contest from start to finish amassing 507 yards on 81 plays of offense, while holding the opposition to only 123 yards of total offense on just 29 plays. The Leopards out-rushed the Bulldogs 197-85, won the aerial yardage battle 310-38, and held a 27-4 advantage in first downs. 

Louisville set the tone early by driving 80 yards on 12 plays on their opening drive. Jake Adams would score from 4 yards away to make it 7-0 Leopards. The drive was keyed by a Jake Adams to Tyler Adams 3rd-and-7 conversion on the play before.

Louisville’s defense forced a 3-and-out and the Leopards marched back down the field again on offense. Jake Adams hit Alec Jones, Tyler Adams, and Brock Haren for big gains to set Louisville up with a goal-to-go. Two plays later, Young shoved his way to paydirt from a yard away. The Leopards would lead 14-0 at the end of the first.

After both team’s exchanged positions, the Bulldogs cut the deficit in half on their only scoring drive of Order Leopard Nation Highlight Videothe night. Tight End Pad O’Shaughnessy helped extend the Poland drive twice on back-breaking plays. He caught an 18 yard screen pass to convert a 3rd-and-7 and then ran for 36 yard gain on a fourth down fake punt play from midfield. Quarterback Nick Buccieri threw a strike to Tyler Smith in the left corner of the endzone to make it 14-7.

Louisville struck back with two more touchdowns before halftime. Tyler Adams hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch from 21 yards away before Jones made an 11 yard touchdown grab with only 21 seconds remaining. It was the 13th receiving touchdown of the season for both players, which is now a new school record.

Adams would finish as the game’s top receiver with 10 catches for 117 yards and Jones would end the night with 5 catches for 68 yards. Adams now has 76 receptions on the season which surpasses Brandon Mathie (2008) and Trent Ohman (2011) for the team single season mark.

Conner Bast also had 7 catches for 93 yards and was instrumental on multiple third down conversions. His biggest catch of the game came in the third quarter when he made a diving grab down the right sideline for a 36 yard gain. Three plays later, Young punched in his second 1 yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Haren also scored on a 1 yard touchdown run with 7:10 remaining in the contest to set the mercy rule into effect at 42-7. It was all academic after that as the Leopards defense did not allow a single first down in the second half to cap off a truly dominate performance.

While Jimmy Leonard’s first half fumble recovery was the only turnover of the game, the game was marred by a combined 20 penalties for 241 yards. In fact, Louisville had 23 more penalty yards than Poland had total offense.

With the victory, the Leopards have now taken 4 out of the last 5 against the Bulldogs and lead the all-time series 13-8. This includes a 6-5 mark at Poland and a 1-1 record against the Bulldogs in the playoffs. Louisville has now won 8 straight games on the season overall.

The Leopards are now 3-0 on the road in the playoffs all-time (excluding neutral sites). Louisville also improves their all-time playoff record to 14-15 and will look to even it out next week against the top-seeded Archbishop Hoban Knights.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will challenge the top seeded Akron Archbishop Hoban Knights in the DIII, Region 7 Semifinals on Friday, November 13 at 7:30 PM.


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Scoring Summary

Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 14-14-0-14–42

Poland 0-7-0-0–07

1st Qtr:
L – 5:32 – Jake Adams 4 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
12 plays 80 yds

L – 1:56 – Rahzul Young 1 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
6 plays 77 yds

2nd Qtr:
P – 6:25 – Tyler Smith 5 yd pass from Nick Buccieri
Colt McFadden PAT
8 plays 80 yds

L – 3:15 – Tyler Adams 21 yd pass from Jake Adams
Trevor Burk PAT
9 plays 60 yds

L – 0:21 – Alec Jones 11 yd pass from Jake Adams
Trevor Burk PAT
11 plays 54 yds

4th Qtr:
L – 11;56 – Rahzul Young 1 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
8 plays 70 yds

L – 7:10 – Brock Haren 1 yd run
Trevor Burk PAT
5 plays 18 yds

Team Stats

First Downs:
Louisville: 27
Poland: 4

Louisville: 40 carries for 197 yds 4 TD’s
Poland: 24 carries for 85 yds

Louisville: 25 of 41 for 310 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT
Poland: 5 of 15 for 38 yds 1 TD 0 INT

Fumbles / Lost:
Louisville: 0 / 0
Poland: 1 / 1

Penalties / Yds.
Louisville: 13 / 146
Poland: 7 / 95

3rd Down Conversions:
Louisville: 8 of 15
Poland: 1 of 10

4th Down Conversions:
Louisville: 2 of 4
Poland: 1 of 1

Individual Stats

Louisville: Rahzul Young: 25 carries for 135 yds 2 TD’s
Brock Haren: 5 carries for 18 yds 1 TD
Sean McKinney: 3 carries for 16 yds
Tyler Adams: 2 carries for 12 yds
Jake Adams: 2 carries for 10 yds 1 TD
Gavin VanZant: 3 carries for 6 yds
Poland: Dylan Garver: 11 carries for 36 yds

Louisville: Tyler Adams: 10 catches for 117 yds 1 TD
Conner Bast: 7 catches for 93 yds
Alec Jones: 5 catches for 68 yds 1 TD
Brock Haren: 1 catch for 26 yds
Rahzul Young: 2 catches for 6 yds
Poland: Anthony Calcagni: 2 catches for 13 yds

Louisville: Jake Adams: 26 of 41 for 310 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT
Poland: Nick Buccieri: 5 of 13 for 38 yds 1 TD 0 INT

Records: Louisville 10-1, Poland Seminary 9-2

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