Perry Pounds Past Louisville 29-12 – Varsity Football
Perry 29, Louisville 12
Leopards Quarterback Colton Jones finished 23 of 34 for 252 Yards and threw 2 touchdowns. His first came late in the second quarter on a 29 Yard strike to Davis Burick to cut to Panthers lead to 10-6 at halftime. Jones also connected with Ryan Pukys for an 11 yard touchdown with 5:13 left in the contest.
Runningback Max Hartline led Louisville in both rushing and receiving. He managed 21 yards on 5 carries and also made 8 grabs for 89 yards. Bryce Zuppe also recorded 6 receptions for 54 yards and Burick concluded his night with 5 catches for 55 yards.
The Panthers pounded all night long out of their Wing T formation in amassing 412 rushing yards on 63 rushing attempts. Perry nearly had three 100 yard rushers in the game spreading the hand-offs between Sha’VeA Lightner, Richard Coleman, and Jarin Curtis. Lightner finished with 14 carries for 121 yards and scored the opening touchdown of the game on a 3 yard run. Coleman also carried the ball 12 times for 119 yards.
Curtis just missed the century mark rushing the ball 19 times for 99 yards, but found the endzone twice in the second half. He reached paydirt on a 3 yard touchdown run with 9:40 left in the third quarter to put the Panthers ahead 17-6. Later Curtis solidify their already commanding lead with a 1 yard touchdown run that capped off a 9 play, 78 yard drive early in the fourth quarter. That made it 29-6 Perry at that point.
The Panthers only threw the ball one time which fell incomplete while trying to score before halftime. They also converted 7 of 12 third down attempts and did not turn the ball over once.
The Leopards had their chances throughout the game. On the their second offensive possession Louisville drove 66 yards on the next 8 plays setting up a 1st-and-goal from the 3 yard line. The Leopards would manage just 2 yards on the next three plays against the Panthers brick wall defensive line. On 4th-and-goal from the 1, Curtis shot through a hole in the line and tackled Hartline for a 3 yard loss to end the LHS threat.
Just before halftime, the Louisville defense forced a Perry punt. Defensive End Jason Goard keyed the defensive stop with back-to-back tackles for a loss on second and third down. On the ensuing punt, Hartline returned the kick 68 yards to the Panther 17 which would have put the Leopards into field goal range with 6.2 seconds left before half. However, multiple flags against LHS erased the play.
The ball continued to bounce Perry’s way in the second half. After the Panthers took a 17-6 lead, a high snap was covered by Jones in the endzone for a Perry safety making it 19-6 less than three minutes into the third quarter. Two other promising Louisville scoring drives ended in turnovers. A would be first down reception turned into a fumble when Curtis and Dominic Vinas combined to strip the Leopards ball carrier and Strong Safety Devonte Armstrong scooped up the loose ball and returned it to the PHS 22. Louisville also drove to the Panther 7 early on in the fourth, but faced a 4th-and-2. Perry’s defense swarmed the middle of the field and Curtis picked off the ensuing pass at the 1 yard line.
This was the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron since 1998. The Panthers have now defeated the Leopards in 10 of their past 11 meetings including the last 6 at Perry Stadium. Perry now leads the all-time series 17-11 which includes an 8-6 mark against Louisville at home. The last Leopards win at Perry Stadium was a 12-7 victory on September 16, 1983. Louisville finishes the season with a 2-2 record against Federal League foes.
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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Youngstown Ursuline Fighting Irish on Friday, September 28 at 7:00 PM. Freshman will travel to YSU to take on the Fighting Irish in a 7:00 PM start on Thursday, September 27 and JV will travel to Wick Rec. Park for an 11:00 AM start.
Louisville Leopards at Perry Panthers Game Statistics
PANTHERS 29, LEOPARDS 12
PERRY – Sha’VeA Lightner 3 Yard Run (Caden Basham Kick) | LHS 0, PHS 7, 7:45
9 Plays, 68 Yards
PERRY – Caden Basham 44 Yard Field Goal | LHS 0, PHS 10, 4:59
15 Plays, 96 Yards
PERRY – Jarin Curtis 3 Yard Run (Caden Basham) | LHS 6, PHS 17, 9:40
5 Plays, 51 Yards
PERRY – Safety, High Snap Covered in Endzone | LHS 6, PHS 19, 9:20
PERRY – Caden Basham 31 Yard Field Goal | LHS 6, PHS 22, 6:36
6 Plays, 45 Yards
PERRY – Jarin Curtis 1 Yard Run (Caden Basham Kick) | LHS 6, PHS 29, 11:36
9 Plays, 78 Yards
LOUISVILLE – Ryan Pukys 19 Yard Pass from Colton Jones (Pass Failed) | LHS 12, PHS 29, 5:13
4 Plays, 50 Yards
Records: Perry 5-0; Louisville 2-3
Louisville: 12 carries for 7 yards
Perry: 63 carries for 412 yards
Louisville: 23 of 34 for 252 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Perry: 0 of 1 for 0 Yards
Louisville: 3 for 30 Yards
Perry: 7 for 67 Yards
3rd Down Conversions:
4th Down Conversions:
Max Hartline: 5 carries, 21 yards
Sha’VeA Lightner: 14 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD
Richard Coleman: 12 carries, 119 yards
Jarin Curtis: 19 carries, 99 yards, 2 TDs
Colton Jones: 23 of 34 for 252 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Frank Sciury 0 of 1 for 0 Yards