Leopards Unload on Lions 35-14

Louisville Leopards Football Vs. Minerva Lions 2012


Louisville 35, Minerva 14

Joey Duckworth ran for 119 yards & 2 touchdowns and also threw for 187 & a touchdown to lead Louisville past Minerva 35-14 at Louisville Leopards Stadium Friday Night.  Jeremy McQuilkin also had a touchdown catch, Trent Ohman a touchdown run, and Gary Anile a pick six.

Minerva struck first by capping off an 8 play 59 yard drive with a 33 yard touchdown run by Quarterback Jake Riley.  But that was all the points the Lions would muster until late in the fourth quarter.  The Leopards defense protected home turf with 3 fourth down stops, including two with their backs against the wall with the Lions offense in the redzone.  Defensive Back Trevor Hostetler swarmed in to make a tackle for a loss on a 4th-and-1 play from the Louisville 15.  Linebacker Josh Brown stuffed the Minerva rushing attack on a 4th-and-3 play from the Leopard 42 later on.  Then in the second half, Charles Beamer wrecked the Lions hope of scoring by stopping them short of a first down on a 4th-and-4 from the Louisville 9.

Meanwhile, offensively the Leopards unloaded as Duckworth completed a whopping 84% of his passes (16 of 19).  The first big completion came on a 36 yard pass to Jeremy McQuilkin.  After a personal foul against Minerva the net gain on the play ended up being 51 yards taking Louisville to the Minerva 14.  On the next play, Duckworth found a sliding McQuilkin in the center of the endzone to knot the game at 7-7.  McQuilkin would finish the night with 63 yards receiving from a game-high 6 catches.

The Leopards second scoring drive featured a 50 yard bomb from Duckworth to Trent Ohman on a 3rd-and-Long play that set up Louisville on the Minerva 27.  Ohman would finish the evening with 4 catches for a game-high 64 yards.  A run by starting runningback Walter Schrock and a penalty against the Lions gave the Leopards a 1st-and-Goal from the 10.  On the next play, Ohman ran a sweep to the right, went airborne, pin-balled off a Lions tackler, and dove into the endzone for the score.  With this the Leopards propelled into the half with a 14-7 lead.

Louisville really opened things up in the third quarter as they scored three touchdowns to put the contest to bed.  After Minerva turned the ball over on downs, the Leopards setup shop on their Beatty's Sports 2012 Football Shirtown 9 yard line.  A holding penalty backed them up to their own 4-yard-line on the next play.  On a 2nd-and-15, Duckworth found a wide open Hostetler for a completion that was just good enough for a first down.  Then came the play of the night.  From the Louisville 19, Duckworth dropped back to throw and saw nobody open.  He was then forced out of the pocket and ran straight ahead.  With a few stiff arms, weaving in and out of 7 would be tacklers, and patiently waiting upon his blockers; Duckworth ran for an 81 yard touchdown.  Springing key blocks on the unforgettable run were Aaron Carter, Nick Nappi, and Schrock.  The run was the first 80+ yard scamper since Clay Swigert broke loose for an 80 yard run in the 2007 State Semifinals against Mayfield.  Of known records, Bob Gladieux holds the record for the longest run scoring from 85 yards out on September 18, 1964 against Canton South.

Louisville’s next scoring drive was setup by a 31 yard punt return by Garret Yoder to the Minerva 33.  Four plays later, Duckworth ran through a hole in the left side of the line, juked left to leave defenders in the dust, and then dove for the pylon in the left corner of the endzone.  The 13 yard run gave Louisville a 28-7 advantage.

On the ensuing kickoff, a Minerva penalty backed them up on their own 14 yard line.  Two plays later, linebacker Anile intercepted a pass at the 21 yard line, dragged a defender to the 5 yard line before shaking him off with a spin, and galloping the remaining yards and across the goal line to complete the pick six.  After kicker Merrick Storlie booted through his 5th extra point of the night to make him a perfect 17 of 17 on the season, the Leopards had a 35-7 lead.

Minerva’s only other touchdown came with 1:31 remaining in the contest on a 1 yard run by Mitch Soles.  The play capped off a 13 play, 76 yard drive with the key play being a 39 yard pass completion from Riley to Corey Schaffner.  Schaffner finished as Minerva’s leading receiver with 2 catches for 54 yards.  Riley ended the night 13 of 26 for 167 yards and 2 interceptions (Anile and Yoder) and also led the team with 114 yards on 31 carries.  The Leopards only out-gained the Lions 344-343 offensively and Minerva had more first downs by a 19-12 count.  However, Louisville’s bend but don’t break defense held firm when it needed to and the offense made the big gain plays it needed to win the game 35-14.  Louisville improves to 3-2, 1-1, while Minerva falls to 2-3, 1-1.

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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Alliance Aviators on Friday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.  JV will travel to Minerva to play the Lions on Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 AM and Freshman will next Host the Ravenna Ravens on Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 PM.


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       1     2     3     4     Final

Minerva     7      0     0     7       14

Louisville   7      7     21   0       35

1st Qtr:

M – 3:06 – Jake Riley 33 yd run

                     Nate Smith PAT

                     8 plays 59 yds

L – 1:49 – Jeremy McQuilkin 14 yd pass from Joey Duckworth

                    Merrick Storlie PAT

                    3 plays 73 yds

2nd Qtr:

L – 4:57 – Trent Ohman 10 yd run

                    Merrick Storlie PAT

                    5 plays 74 yds

3rd Qtr:

L – 5:40 – Joey Duckworth 81 yd run

                    Merrick Storlie PAT

                    4 plays 91 yds

L – 1:37 – Joey Duckworth 13 yd run

                   Merrick Storlie PAT

                   4 plays 33 yds

L – 0:43 – Gary Anile 21 yd INT return

                    Merrick Storlie PAT

                     1 play 21 yds

4th Qtr:

M – 1:31 – Mitch Soles 1 yd run

                      Nate Smith PAT

                      13 plays 76 yds

Team Stats:

First Downs:

Minerva – 19

Louisville – 12


Minerva – 56 carries for 176 yds 2 TD’s

Louisville – 17 carries for 157 yds 3 TD’s


Minerva – 13 of 26 for 167 yds 0 TD’s 1 INT

Louisville – 16 of 19 for 187 yds 1 TD 1 INT


Minerva – 1/0

Louisville – 2/1

Penalty Yds:

Minerva – 7 for 74 yds

Louisville – 5 for 35 yds

3rd Down Conversions:

Minerva – 6 of 16

Louisville – 3 of 7

4th Down Conversions:

Minerva – 3 of 6

Louisville – 0 of 1

Individual Stats:


Minerva – Jake Riley – 31 carries for 114 yds 1 TD

                     Dalton Hartshorn – 13 carries for 31 yds

                     Mitch Soles – 9 carries for 29 yds 1 TD

Louisville – Joey Duckworth – 7 carries for 119 yds 2 TD’s

                       Trent Ohman – 4 carries for 25 yds 1 TD

                       Walter Schrock – 3 carries for 9 yds

                       Connor Zwick – 2 carries for 4 yds


Minerva – Corey Schaffner – 2 catches for 54 yds

Louisville – Jeremy McQuilkin – 6 catches for 63 yds 1 TD

                      Trent Ohman – 4 catches for 64 yds

                      Alex Schooley – 3 catches 15 yds

                      Walter Schrock – 2 catches for 20 yds

                      Trevor Hostetler – 1 catch for 15 yds


Minerva – Jake Riley – 13 of 26 for 167 yds  0 TD’s 1 INT

Louisville – Joey Duckworth – 16 of 19 for 187 yds 1 TD 1 INT

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