Louisville Leopards at Canton South Wildcats 2015 Football Preview
Louisville Leopards (8-1, 6-0) at Canton South Wildcats (2-7, 1-5)
SPREAD: Louisville By 25 (According to Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50)
WHEN: Friday, October 30, 2014
WHERE: Clyde Brechbuhler Stadium
HIGHLIGHTS: Will be available following the game late Friday night or early Saturday morning right here on louisvilleleopards.org
ALL-TIME SERIES: Louisville leads the all-time series 51-18-3, which includes a 24-10-1 record at Canton South.
LAST MEETING: The Leopards won 56-20 back on October 31, 2014 at Louisville Leopards Stadium.
LAST MEETING AT CANTON SOUTH: The Leopards won 42-21 at Canton South back on November 1, 2013 to complete a 10-0 season.
LAST CANTON SOUTH VICTORY: The Wildcats won 41-20 back on October 26, 2012 at Louisville Leopards Stadium.
LAST WILDCAT WIN AT CANTON SOUTH: The Wildcats last defeated the Leopards on their home field 16-14 back on October 22, 1999.
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Well believe it or not Week 10 is upon us and that means its time for the 73rd meeting between Louisville and Canton South. This rivalry has lost some of its luster since moving to Week 10 as the point differential in the series the past four years has been an average of 25 points compared to an average of just 9 points in the previous four non-week 10 games.Despite the outcome the past few years, the Wildcats usually tend to give the Leopards their best and will be looking to defend their home field on Senior Night. The Leopards have won 20 straight NBC games and are looking for their third straight Outright NBC Title Friday at Canton South, a place they have not lost at since 1999. Louisville is also clinging to a small possibility of still achieving a first round home playoff game. What will happen Week 10? Find out Friday at Clyde Brechbuhler Stadium
Louisville is averaging 392 Yards (245 Passing, 147 Rushing) and 38 Points Per Game this season, while surrendering 187 Yards (77 Passing, 111 Rushing) and 13 Points Per Contest this year. The Leopards are currently +2 in takeaways this season in recording 17 takeaways (9 fumbles recovered, 8 interceptions), while giving the ball up 15 times (7 fumbles lost, 8 interceptions).
Runningback Rahzul Young (160 carries, 1,011 yards, 14 touchdowns) broke the 1,000-yard mark after his 165 yard, 3 touchdown performance against previously unbeaten Salem Friday. The offensive line came up big in that contest and the starters include Alex Hall, Terry Gooch, Chase Lautzenheiser, Issac Mathie, and Jarett Heater.
Wide Receiver Tyler Adams (59 catches, 956 yards, 12 touchdowns) tied Brandon Mathie for the school
season record for touchdown grabs and will look to break the record Friday at Canton South. Right behind him is Alec Jones (37 catches, 461 yards, 11 touchdowns) who nearly set the mark himself just before. Quarterback Jake Adams (142 of 199 for 2,118 yards, 28 touchdowns) is also looking to break the school mark for Touchdown Passes (29 in 2007 by Neal Seaman) come Friday. He will also look to spread the ball around to other top receivers in Conner Bast (21 catches, 353 yards, 5 touchdowns) and Brock Haren (19 catches, 267 yards, 1 touchdown).
Linebackers Frankie Falcone (55.5 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception) and Kyle Ashcraft (46.5 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble) lead the Louisville Defense in tackles this season. The Defensive Line is led by team sack-leader Daichi Castles (33 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break-up), Cade Stertzbach (31.5 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery), Jimmy Leonard (23.5 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, 3 pass break-ups), and Tanner Brahler (4.5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss) who was named player of the week last week. The Leopards also have playmakers in the secondary which includes Stephen Kerzan (40 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass break-up), Casey Nau (36.5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 pass break-ups), Dalton Deckerd (29 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 0.5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups), Cody Allgood (19 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, 2 pass break-ups), and Reis Rankin (15.5 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 3 pass break-ups). Other defensive contributers include Justin Vanover (12.5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), Dillon Deckerd (5 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 forced fumbles, 2 pass break-ups), and Brody Hahn (1 fumble recovery, 2 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups).
On Special Teams, Tyler Adams had 73 return yards (38 punt return yards, 35 kick return yards) last week in the win over Salem. Adams is averaging 19.5 yards on kick returns (10 returns) and 12.8 yards on punt returns (13 returns) this season. Jake Adams has also averaged 34.0 yards on 12 punts this season with a long of 52. On extra point kicks, Trevor Burk has made 20 of 27 and Young has booted through 6 of 9.
Canton South is averaging 278 Yards (86 Passing, 192 Rushing) and 22 Points Per Contest, while allowing 306 Yards (124 Passing, 182 Rushing) and 26 Points Per Game this season. The Wildcats are currently -9 in the turnover department as they have given up the ball 22 times (10 fumbles lost, 12 interceptions) and have recorded 13 takeaways (6 fumble recoveries, 7 interceptions).
Canton South has run the ball 72% of the time this season led by Runningback Trey Longoria (244 carries, 1,290 yards, 19 touchdowns). Quarterback Brooks Herrington (60 of 109 for 680 yards, 2 touchdowns passing and 55 carries, 287 yards, 3 touchdowns rushing) also has the ability to run the football and broke free for a 56 yard touchdown at Cambridge Week 3. His Top Receivers include Brandon Weaver (12 catches, 265 yards, 2 touchdowns), Khord Moore (16 catches, 221 yards), Jake Daniska (11 catches, 149 yards), and Austin Youtsey (6 catches, 68 yards, 1 touchdown).
On Defense, Linebackers Jacob Porter (100 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble) and Spencer Thompson (72 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery) lead the team in tackles this season. At Defensive Back, Moore (30 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery) has recorded a team-high 3 takeaways this season and took a pick six 33 yards to the house at Minerva Week 6. Fellow Defensive Back James Diehl (16 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 pass break-ups) leads the team in sacks and is tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with Defensive Lineman Mehki Reid (18 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 pass break-ups). Other top contributors on defense include Miles Reid (48 tackles, 1 interception, 4 pass break-ups, 1 fumble recovery), Jayquon Broyles (29 tackles, 2 pass break-ups), Trey Hollinger (21 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass break-ups), Weaver (19 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries), Jeremy Mayle (13 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery), and Jared Perez (10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 pass-break-up).
On Special Teams, Moore is the main return man for Canton South averaging 8.4 yards on 8 punt returns and 22.7 yards on 14 kick returns with a long of 52. Youtsey has also taken 11 kickoffs back for an average of 15.0 yards per return. Kicker Noah Franks has made 19 of 23 extra point tries and is 2 of 3 on field goal attempts with a long of 32. Franks has averaged 39.3 yards on 33 kickoffs this season with a long of 52. Thompson has also averaged 32.6 yards on 26 punts this year with a long of 52 and has landed 2 inside the 20.