Louisville Leopards at Canton McKinley Bulldogs 1994 Football Highlights
Canton McKinley 17, Louisville 14, OT
Josh McDaniels kicked a game winning 27 yard field goal in overtime to lift the Canton McKinley Bulldogs past the visiting Louisville Leopards 17-14 back on September 17, 1994.
12,000 people made their way out to Fawcett Stadium for a Saturday Night Battle between these neighboring cities. The Bulldogs looked tough in their opening drive as they travelled 65 yards in 10 plays. Kinta Mitchell ran in his first of two opening half 1 yard touchdown runs to cap off the drive.
Adrian Brown spear-headed the McKinley rushing attack in the first half as his team took a 14-0 lead into the break. He would finished the night with 23 carries for 123 yards.
The Bulldogs look poised to take a 21-0 lead in the third quarter, but fumbled the ball away at the goal line. Jason Siegfried pounced on it for the Leopards. Louisville stole momentum and drove 98 yards in 7 plays before Quarterback Ryan Crislip scored from 8 yards out on an option. Their drive was keyed by two McKinley penalties and a 46 yard run by Dan Wilson. Wilson would finish with a game-high 162 yards on 24 carries. After a failed extra point, the score remained 14-6 Bulldogs heading into the fourth quarter.
McKinley Quarterback McDaniels finished 9 of 14 for 123 yards on the evening. However, late in the fourth quarter he was picked off by Jeff Hertel giving the Leopards life at the Bulldogs 31 yard line. Wilson ran 15 yards to the right to give Louisville a first down. A few plays later, Crislip scampered the same way for an 11 yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining in the game. On the conversion attempt, the Leopards did nothing special as Wilson ran right up the middle to knot the game at 14-14.
In overtime, Louisville faced a 4th-and-Goal from the 7. They lined up in a field goal formation and faked it. The ensuing attempt fell incomplete in the back of the endzone narrowly missing its target. McKinley picked up one first down on their possession and elected to attempt what proved to be the game-winning field goal on third down.
The Bulldogs would go on to be State Semifinalists in Division I. The Leopards narrowly missed the playoffs and making a playoff run of their own.
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Canton McKinley 7-7-0-0-3–17
Canton McKinley – Kinta Mitchell 1 Yard Run (Josh McDaniels Kick), 0-7
Canton McKinley – Kinta Mitchell 1 Yard Run (Josh McDaniels Kick), 0-14
Louisville – Ryan Crislip 8 Yard Run (Kick Failed), 6-14
Louisville – Ryan Crislip 11 Yard Run (Dan Wilson Run), 14-14
Canton McKinley – Josh McDaniels 27 Yard Field, 14-17
RECORDS: Canton McKinley 3-0, Louisville 2-1