Leopards Rally, Score in Final Seconds to Tie Hoover – Freshman Football
Louisville 20, North Canton Hoover 20
The Louisville Leopards Freshman Football Team rallied to force a 20-20 tie with the host North Canton Hoover Vikings Thursday Evening at Memorial Stadium. With the tie, Louisville is now 1-0-1 on the year.
In the final seconds of the game, Daniel Kennedy punched into the endzone from a yard out on 4th-and-Goal to get the Leopards to within 20-19. On the next play, Elliot Tornow’s extra point kick rang true to knot the game at 20-20. The game ended in regulation two plays later on a Vikings incomplete pass.
North Canton owned the first half as they scored a pair of touchdowns and held the Louisville offense scoreless. The Vikings took a 12-0 lead into the half.
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The Leopards set the tone out of the break by mounting a 6 play, 64 yard scoring drive to open the second half. Brady Vanover sprinted through the middle for a run of 13 to begin the series. A few plays later, Quarterback Tyler Jackson found Tornow who froze a few Hoover defenders on his way to a 20 yard gain. Two plays after that, Jackson scored from 21 yards out on a quarterback draw to cut the Viking lead in half.
The two rivals traded possessions after that and the Hoover punt from midfield landed in the endzone for a touchback. The Louisville offense would reach the endzone 10 plays later when Vanover spun past the goal line from 2 yards away. The long-sustaining drive was keyed by a 42 yard Jackson to Tornow connection that set the Leopards up on the Vikings 13. Tornow’s extra point gave Louisville their only lead of the contest at 13-12.
North Canton answered by returning the ensuing kickoff all the way back to the Leopard 29. Louisville’s Jake House sacked the Hoover Quarterback on second down to set the Vikings back. However, they converted on a 4th-and-13 pass play and scored the go-ahead touchdown one play after that. With a successful two-point try, North Canton took the lead at 20-13.
Vanover recovered a surprise onside kick attempt and the Leopards began their final drive on their own 40. Following an incompletion, Jackson hit a breaking Andy Larson in the middle of the field at the Louisville 44. Larson side-stepped a pair of defenders and was off to the races down the right sideline. He was finally driven out of bounds at the Hoover 24, but not before a 36 yard gain.
The Leopards managed to gain a little over a yard over the course of the next three plays setting up a 4th-and-8. With defenders closing in, Jackson flipped a pass to the extended hands of Tornow. The ball almost fell to the turf, but Tornow corralled it and stopped on a dime. The diving defender missed the tackle when Tornow cut back to the left toward the sideline. As he neared the first down marker, Tornow hopped just enough to plant his right foot on the Hoover 14 for a first down. Two plays later, Tornow caught another pass near the right sideline to set up a 1st-and-Goal. Kennedy put his head down and scored the game-tying touchdown four plays later.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Canton South Wildcats on Thursday, September 7 at 5:00 PM.
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LEOPARDS 20, VIKINGS 20
North Canton 6-6-0-8–20
Hoover – #29 9 Yard Run (Pass Failed) | LHS 0, NCHHS 6
Hoover – #1 1 Yard Run (Pass Failed) | LHS 0, NCHHS 12
Louisville – Tyler Jackson 21 Yard Run (Kick Failed) | LHS 6, NCHHS 12
Louisville – Brady Vanover 2 Yard Run (Elliot Tornow Kick) | LHS 13, NCHHS 12
Hoover – #23 10 Yard Run (#10 Run) | LHS 13, NCHHS 20
Louisville – Daniel Kennedy 1 Yard Run (Elliot Tornow Kick) | LHS 20, NCHHS 20
Records: Louisville 1-0-1