Louisville Leopards at Alliance Aviators 2013 Football Highlights
Louisville 24, Alliance 21
Jordan Hughes booted through the go-ahead 20 yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining and Garrett Yoder made the game-clinching interception at the Leopards 2 yard line to help lift Louisville past host Alliance 24-21 at Mount Union Stadium Friday Night. With the victory, the Leopards clinched both a share of the NBC Crown and a playoff birth for the first time since 2009. Louisville remains undefeated at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the NBC.
The Leopards dealt with adversity all night long and were fighting an uphill battle from the second play of the contest. One play after the Aviators Ryan Bevington returned the opening kickoff to the Louisville 32, Kordelle Phillips made video game type moves to break free down the left sideline for a touchdown to give Alliance a 6-0 lead.
The Leopards offense had to wait until midway through the second quarter to answer the Aviators. They mounted a 5 play 85 yard drive that took just 1:29. It began with a 29 yard connection from Quarterback Conner Zwick to Andy Minster. Two plays later Walter Schrock broke free for a 28 yard gain to the Alliance 22. Two plays after that, Zwick found Alex Hollifield open near the left sideline and the Senior Wide Receiver leaped into the endzone to put Louisville ahead 7-6.
Alliance immediately answered Louisville with an 8 play, 67 yard drive that ended with an 18 yard touchdown run down the left sideline by Phillips. Parrish Martin then caught Phillips two-point conversion throw to put the Aviators ahead 14-7.
After a Louisville 3-and-out, Alliance again had a chance to score before half. They drove all the way to the 10 yard line where a host of Leopards stripped the ball and Zach Shea fell on it for Louisville. This play allowed the Leopards to go into the half trailing by a single touchdown.
They would make up for that margin on the opening drive of the second half. The Leps drove 65 yards on 8 plays before Zwick found an uncovered Bryce Mathie in the endzone for a 30 yard touchdown catch. Mathie would go on to be the game’s leading receiver with 5 catches for 115 yards.
After another defensive stop, disaster struck on the next Leopards possession. Zwick scampered for a 19 yard gain down the left sideline where he went airborne. The Junior Quarterback was shaken up the play, but returned to the field. Two plays later he was hit again and was sidelined for the remainder of the contest. Zwick finished the night 8 of 16 passing for 100 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Backup Quarterback Joe Crank stepped in to take the reins for Zwick. On his second play from scrimmage, Crank connected with Kyle Bast for a 41 yard gain to the Alliance 5 yard line. On the following play, Schrock powered into the endzone to give Louisville a 21-14 advantage. The Junior Runningback finished the evening as the Leopards leading rusher with 13 carries for 49 yards.
After an ejection, the Aviators turned to Martin to takeover at Quarterback. He led Alliance on a 12 play, 72 yard drive that ended with his 3 yard touchdown connection to Dmitri Lott to knot the game up at 21-21. The key play of the drive came when Martin hooked up with Josh Hammerton for a 25 yard gain on 3rd-And-4 from the Louisville 47.
The two squads traded possessions twice before Louisville came up with a big stop with under three minutes remaining. Shea sacked Martin in the backfield for a 6 yard loss on 3rd-and-5 to force an Aviator punt. Unofficially, Shea recorded 3 of the Leopards 7 sacks during the night.
The Leopards Andy Minster would return the ensuing punt 25 yards to the Alliance 43. That’s where Crank made another huge throw down the center of the field to Mathie who hauled it in for a 38 yard gain to the Aviators 5. After three straight running plays, Hughes converted on his team record 10th field goal of the season to give Louisville the lead for good.
The Aviators threatened in the final seconds, but came up short. With the win, Louisville is now 12-4-1 all-time against Alliance which includes a 7-2 road record. The Leopards have now taken the past 7 meetings with the Aviators.
After Friday’s games, Louisville currently sits in third place in DIII, Region 7 with a chance to clinch a home playoff game with a victory next week at Canton South. They will also have a chance to win the NBC Outright and complete their 18th undefeated season in school history. Louisville has now won 11 NBC Titles and 32 League Titles overall in Football.
1st 11:25 AHS – K. Phillips 32 yd run (Jared Watson kick failed), 1-32 0:35, LHS 0 – AHS 6
2nd 06:24 LHS – Alex Hollifield 21 yd pass from Connor Zwick (Jordan Hughs kick), 5-85 1:29, LHS 7 – AHS 6
02:44 AHS – K. Phillips 18 yd run (Parrish Martin pass from K. Phillips), 8-67 3:34, LHS 7 – AHS 14
3rd 08:42 LHS – Bryce Mathie 30 yd pass from Connor Zwick (Jordan Hughs kick), 8-65 3:18, LHS 14 – AHS 14
03:10 LHS – Walter Schrock 5 yd run (Jordan Hughs kick), 8-89 5:32, LHS 21 – AHS 14
4th 09:23 AHS – DeMitri Lott 2 yd pass from Parrish Martin (Jared Watson kick), 11-72 5:47, LHS 21 – AHS 21
00:50 LHS – Jordan Hughs 20 yd field goal, 5-39 1:19, LHS 24 – AHS 21
Louisville: 37 carries for 77 yds 1 TD
Allliance: 27 carries for 137 yds 2 TD’s
Louisville: 10 of 20 for 192 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT
Allaince: 17 of 32 for 169 yds 1 TD 1 INT
3rd Down Conversions:
4th Down Conversions:
Louisville: Walter Schrock – 16 carries for 40 yds 1 TD
Connor Zwick – 12 carries for 35 yds
Dakota James – 3 carries for 4 yds
Alliance: Parrish Martin – 15 carries for 87 yds
Louisville: Connor Zwick – 8 of 17 for 124 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT
Joe Crank – 2 of 3 for 68 yds 0 TD’s 0 INT
Alliance: Kordelle Phillips – 12 of 24 for 98 yds 0 TD’s 0 INT
Parrish Martin – 5 of 8 for 71 yds 1 TD 1 INT
Louisville: Bryce Mathie – 4 catches for 87 yds 1 TD
Andy Minster – 4 catches for 53 yds
Kyle Bast – 1 catch for 31 yds
Alex Hollifield – 1 catch for 21 yds 1 TD
Alliance : Parrish Martin – 8 catches for 64 yds
Here is the Sacks and Tackle information compliments of the Mount Union Sports Department:
SACKS (UA-A): Louisville-Dylan Kline 3-0; Dakota James 1-0; Frank Falcone 1-0.
Alliance-Mike Williams 3-0; Danny Davis 1-0; DeMitri Lott 1-0; William Oesch
1-0; Shawn Barnes 1-0; Adontis Watson 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Louisville-Dylan Kline 7-0; Stephen Kerzan 6-0; Bryce Mathie
4-0; Josh Brown 3-1; Garrett Yoder 3-1; Zach Shea 3-0; AJ Minster 2-1; Frank
Falcone 2-0; Dakota James 1-1; Cole McElroy 1-1; Nick Menegay 1-0; Kyle Woost
1-0; Brock Haren 1-0; Jake Mathie 0-1. Alliance-Mike Williams 11-0; DeMitri Lott <page>
6-0; William Oesch 4-0; K. Phillips 3-1; Adontis Watson 3-1; Dale Dickson 3-0;
Danny Davis 3-0; Parrish Martin 2-1; Ryan Bevington 2-0; Kofi Amponsah 2-0;
Shawn Barnes 1-1; DJ Hancock 1-0; Zach Blume 1-0; Eric Kline 1-0; Shannon Dennis
1-0; Jordan Leone 1-0.