Leopards Record 6 Takeaways, Drub Howland 34-7 – Football
Louisville 34, Howland 7
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team drubbed the visiting Howland Tigers 34-7 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the victory, Louisville evens their record on the season to 3-3.
Sophomore Runningback Connor Adelman carried the ball 26 times for 107 yards and scored 2 touchdowns to lead the Leopards on offense. Senior Quarterback Colton Jones also finished 11 of 17 passing for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns to Grayson Beamer and Ryan Pukys. Pukys was the games leading receiver with 4 catches for 47 yards.
Leopards Defense Forces 6 Turnovers
The story of the night belonged to the Louisville defense that forced 6 takeaways (3 interceptions and 3 fumbles) and held the Tigers off the scoreboard until late in the third quarter. Senior Defensive Back Justin Broad led the defense with an interception to go along with a 22 yard fumble return touchdown that put the Leopards up 34-7 early on in the fourth quarter. Senior Cornerback Hunter Selander hit the ball carrier from behind on the play jarring the ball free before Broad scooped it up for the score.
Beamer and Pukys who both caught touchdowns on offense also pulled in interceptions on defense. Senior Defensive End Jason Goard and Senior Linebacker Max Stamey recovered fumbles on defense for Louisville as well. LHS also blocked a punt to setup a short field in the third quarter.
Louisville Sets the Tone from the Start
The Leopards defense set the tone from their very first play from scrimmage. A simple handoff up the middle was blown up by Louisville Junior Safety Dan Kennedy knocking the ball loose. Goard scooped the ball up on the 22 yard line and returned it 15 yards to the Tiger 7.
Three plays later, Jones went to his right to find Pukys for a 4 yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-goal.
The Leopards defense forced a Howland punt on their next drive, but the Louisville offense went three-an-out giving the ball back to the Tigers. Howland fumbled the snap on the first play of their ensuing drive, but recovered for a two yard loss. That forced the run happy Tigers into passing the ball on 2nd-and-12. With Goard closing in on his right, Howland Quarterback David Burman threw a pass to the right that sailed over the head of his intended receiver. The pass found the arms of Pukys who made a diving interception at the Tigers 43 yard line setting the Leopards up with great field position again.
Louisville opened the drive with a pair of pass completions to Pukys and Senior Wide Receiver Davis Burick that netted 17 yards and a first down. The final four plays of the scoring drive all went to Adelman who traveled the final 26 yards on the ground to put the Leopards up 14-0. He took a direct snap on his touchdown run from a yard out giving Louisville a two touchdown cushion with 2:17 remaining in the first.
Two Long Drives Lead to No Points
Howland responded by driving 52 yards deep into Leopard territory at the 22. The Tigers ran the ball on 12 of their 13 plays and continued to move the chains without gaining double digit yardage on any play. The Tigers faced a 3rd-and-5 on their next play but the toss to the runningback was mishandled. Howland looked to fall on it but Louisville Senior Linebacker Nick Granitsas slid in batting the ball away and Stamey recovered it for the Leopards on the LHS 37.
In simliar fashion, Louisville drove 62 yards to the Tiger 1 yard line. They ran the ball 12 of their 14 plays on the drive including on 4th-and-goal from the 1. Gabe Badea made the stop for no gain for the Howland defense to keep the score at 14-0.
Leopards Take Commanding 28-0 Advantage
In the shadow of their own endzone, the Tigers gained 8 yards on a pair of running plays to setup a 3rd-and-2 from their own 10. Kennedy snuffed out the ball carrier making a tackle for no gain to setup a 4th-and-2. In a stunning turn of events, Howland gambled everything by going for it on fourth down from their own 10 yard line with a little over a minute to play before halftime. Runningback William Hines ran to his right and squeezed through a few tight seams for a gain of 14 yards and a first down.
Celebration from the Tigers success on rolling the dice was short-lived as the ball-hawking Broad plucked a pass to the right out of the air for the Leopards second interception of the game. A penalty on the play backed the Leopards up to the Howland 45, but that didn’t stop them from finding the endzone again.
This was the first ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. Howland also marks the sixth new opponent Louisville has faced in the past two years as an independent.
MORE TO COME…
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Youngstown to face the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals on Friday, October 11. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM from Youngstown State’s Stambaugh Stadium. JV at Howland is cancelled for Saturday, October 5 and they will next hit the road to face the Dover Tornadoes on Saturday, October 12 with both start times at 10:00 AM. Freshman will also travel to face the Dover Tornadoes on Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 PM.
LEOPARDS 34, TIGERS 7
L 9:19 Ryan Pukys 4 yd pass from Colton Jones
Myles Lab PAT
3 plays 7 yds
L 2:17 Connor Adelman 1 yd run
Myles Lab PAT
6 plays 43 yds
L 0:07 Grayson Beamer 5 yd pass from Colton Jones
Myles Lab PAT
7 plays 45 yds
L 1:53 Connor Adelman 5 yd run
Myles Lab PAT
1 play 5 yds
H 0:53 William Hines 63 yd run
David Burman PAT
2 plays 67 yds
L 10:12 Justin Broad 22 yd Fumble Return
1 play 22 yds
Records: Louisville 3-3, Howland 3-3
Howland: 41 carries, 154 yards, touchdown
Louisville: 38 carries, 127 yards, 2 touchdowns
Howland: 5 of 13 for 31 yards, 3 interceptions
Louisville: 11 of 18 for 100 yards, 2 touchdowns
Howland: 5 for 70 yards
Louisville: 4 for 35 yards
3rd Down Conversions:
Howland: 5 for 13
Louisville: 3 for 11
4th Down Conversions:
Howland: 2 for 3 (67%)
Louisville: 1 for 1 (100%)
William Hines: 20 carries, 140 yards, touchdown
Connor Adelman: 26 carries, 107 yards, 2 touchdowns
Howland: Mason Gentile: 2/20
Louisville: Ryan Pukys: 4/47
Daniel Kennedy: 2/19
Grayson Beamer: 2/18
Davis Burick: 2/16
Howland: David Burman: 5/12/3 31 yds
Louisville: Colton Jones: 11/17/0 100 yds