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JV Uses 2nd Half Rally to Double Up Jackson 16-8

Conner Bast & Cole Weston Louisville Leopards JV Football 2014

Louisville 16, Jackson 8

The Louisville Leopards JV Football team rallied for two second half touchdowns to defeat the visiting Jackson Polar Bears 16-8 in the opener Saturday Morning at Louisville Leopards Stadium.

The Polar Bears owned the first half taking an 8-0 lead into the break. Jackson Quarterback Dillon Dingler hit Mitch Rife for a 5 yard touchdown with 1:14 remaining in the first quarter. Dingler then took in the two-point conversion himself after that. The Polar Bears would threaten again in the second quarter. However, Michael Seaman picked off a pass at midfield and Noah Bellew came up with a big sack just before halftime for the Leopards.

The second half was a different story. Jackson’s opening drive stalled at the Louisville 31 when a pack of Leopards led by Cody Allgood stopped Dingler short on 4th-and-7. Louisville took the ensuing possession and drove deep into Jackson territory before Polar Bears Linebacker Gary Parsons intercepted a pass at the goal line.

The Leopards Defense answered the call and forced a three-and-out. After the Polar Bears punted, Beatty's Sports Nothing is Given Shirt Full Size AdLouisville had the ball on the Jackson 39 to begin the drive. Four plays later on 4th-and-7, Quarterback Brody Hahn complete a pass to a wide open Reis Rankin at the 10 yard line. Rankin sprinted ahead and bulldozed a Polar Bear defender into the endzone for the score. Hahn completed the conversion pass to Brock Haren to tie the game at 8-8 with 0:42 left in the third quarter.

 On the next play from scrimmage, Haren, Jimmy Leonard, and Chase Lautzenheiser sandwiched the Jackson runner jarring the ball loose. Allgood scooped it up just before it went out of bounds giving the Leopards the ball back at the Polar Bear 49.

Louisville turned the takeaway into points five plays later when Conner Bast caught a 5 yard touchdown pass from Hahn. The drive was keyed by a 29 yard dash by Hahn three players earlier. Sean McKinney ran in the conversion to put the Leopards ahead 16-8 with 8:52 remaining.

The Polar Bears methodically moved the ball to the Leopards 31. That’s when Louisville’s Justin Vanover delivered a big blow to knock the ball loose. Lautzenheiser fell on it and didn’t let go. The Leopards offense ate up the rest of the clock to ice the game.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the North Canton Hoover Vikings on Saturday, September 6 at 10:00 AM at Louisville Leopards Stadium.

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