Louisville Suffers 1st Loss at Massillon – Freshman Football
Massillon 28, Louisville 0
The Louisville Leopards Freshman Football Team was shutout by the Massillon Tigers 28-0 Thursday Evening at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. With their first loss of the year, Louisville drops to 5-1-1 on the season.
Massillon took advantage of two Louisville setbacks in the opening quarter to take a 14-0 lead. A Leopard punt deflected off the back of a blocker and resulted in a turnover on downs at the Louisville 10. The Tigers scored one play later on a gadget play that had Runningback Nick Liebler throw a 10 yard touchdown pass to Quarterback Darian Williams for the opening score.
The pair would hook up again in reverse for the next Massillon score from 16 yards away. Williams rolled to his right and flicked a pass to Liebler who tip-toed the right sideline and busted in for the touchdown. Williams had a 19 yard interception return to set up the short drive at the Louisville 26.
The Leopards intercepted two passes of their own in the opening half. The Tigers first drive of the game ended with Andy Larson picking off a pass on 4th-and-2 from the Louisville 4. Daniel Kennedy also intercepted a Massillon pass with just 2 seconds remaining before halftime. However, the Tigers Isiah Clark recorded an interception of his own on the ensuing Hail Mary attempt as time expired.
Massillon opened the second half with a 10-play scoring drive that netted 58 yards. The key play was a 22 yard 4th-and-15 conversion from Williams to Clark that took the Tigers down to the Leopards 7. Runningback Jean-Luc Beasley blasted his way through the middle and found the endzone on the next play. That gave Massillon a commanding 21-0 lead with 5:05 to play in the third quarter.
Louisville put together their best drive of the night on the next series. Brady Vanover converted a third down with a 16 yard run across midfield. A few plays later, he broke loose for a 14 yard run to convert a 4th-an-1 and put the Leopards into the redzone. Louisville then converted a 4th-and-7 when Quarterback Tyler Jackson found Kennedy for a gain of 13 to the Tiger 2. However, after four tries Louisville could only manage one more yard and the drive halted at the 1 yard line.
The Massillon offense dug out of the hole quickly and marched the length of the field with a 7 play, 99 yard scoring drive. Beasley ran to his left on the second play of the drive, found a hole, and scampered 68 yards into Leopard territory. A 15 yard run by Daymiere Adams set them up goal-to-go and Adams punched it in around the left side on the next play from 4 yards out to make it 28-0 WHS.
Louisville drove down to the Massillon 22 on their final drive. However, a 4th-and-10 pass to the endzone was batted away by Omar Perez to preserve the Tiger shutout.
Our records indicate that this is the first time that a Louisville football team played a game at Massillon since they defeated the Tiger Reserves 7-0 on October 29, 1930. Back then, they were known as the Blue Raiders.
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TIGERS 28, LEOPARDS 0
Massillon – Darian Williams 10 Yard Pass from Nick Liebler (Alex Bauer Kick) | LHS 0, WHS 7, 2:42
Massillon – Nick Liebler 16 Yard Pass from Darian Williams (Alex Bauer Kick) | LHS 0, WHS 14, 0:52
Massillon – Jean-Luc Beasley 7 Yard Run (Alex Bauer Kick) | LHS 0, WHS 21, 5:05
Massillon – Daymiere Adams 4 Yard Run (Alex Bauer Kick) | LHS 0, WHS 28, 6:05
Records: Louisville 5-1-1