Leopards Earn 1st Shutout Since 2016 in 22-0 Win at Zanesville – Football

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The Louisville Leopards shutout the host Zanesville Blue Devils 22-0 Friday Night at John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium. With the win, Louisville evens its record at 1-1 on the young season.

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Leopards Hold Blue Devils to 2 Yards Rushing

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdThe Louisville defense put on a clinic Friday Night in Zanesville in earning their first shutout in seven seasons. The Leopards held the Blue Devils to just 74 yards of offense on 55 snaps (1.3 average per play). Louisville’s rush defense slammed the door as Zanesville netted negative yardage in 12 of their 29 rushing attempts for the evening. As a result, the Leopards held the Blue Devils to just 2 yards on 29 carries (0.1 average).

The Blue Devils were unable to move the sticks until 8:50 left in the second quarter. Their first two drives of the game netted -17 yards and Louisville held them to another three-and-out on their third drive. Zanesville journeyed into Leopard territory for the first time on their fourth drive, but went backwards 3 yards on the next play to put them back on their own 49. Two plays later, junior defensive back Cooper Rice made a leaping interception to give the ball back to Louisville at the LHS 41.

Blue Devils’ sophomore defensive back David Evans returned the favor three plays later with an interception of his own. His short return set Zanesville up on the Leopard 46, which would prove to be their best starting field position throughout the game. A rouging the passer call three plays later put the Blue Devils on the edge of field goal range. The Leopards defense surrendered just 3 more yards from that point and forced Zanesville into attempting a 44 yard field goal. Junior kicker Cam Van Kirk’s attempt appeared to have the distance, but missed wide to the left leaving the goose egg on the home side of the scoreboard.

Duskey Helps Preserve Shutout with Late Pick

Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe second half started much like the first half for the Louisville defense. They forced a three-and-out on each of Zanesville’s first three drives.

The Blue Devils’ next drive was their most promising for the game. Zanesville moved the chains three times in driving 46 yards from their own 31 to the Leopard 23. However, senior defensive back Carter Duskey intercepted a pass at the 20 yard line and returned it 28 yards to the LHS 48. The Blue Devils wouldn’t come close to entering Leopard territory again and the shutout remained preserved to the end.

Duskey was also instrumental on special teams in converting a pair of field goals from 20 and 22 yards away. His first four kickoffs resulted in Zanesville being pinned back on their own 6, their own 20 after a touchback, their own 7, and their own 15.  Duskey also booted 3 of his 5 punts inside the 20 yard line, including one that rolled all the way to the ZHS 4 before it was downed. The Blue Devils didn’t have a single punt return all evening as a result of Duskey’s punting.

Duskey’s final punt of the night rolled down to the Zanesville 11 before it was downed. The Blue Devils recorded a first down and then had a 74 yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Drew Doyle wiped away by an unnecessary roughness call. Doyle, also the punter, eventually lined up to punt on fourth down. The ensuing snapped sailed over his head and into the endzone. He wisely batted the ball out of the back of the endzone and the play resulted in a safety to put Louisville ahead 19-0.

The safety is the Leopards first since Canton Central Catholic was called for intentional grounding in the endzone during Louisville’s 30-12 win over the Crusaders in the 2018 season finale. It likely would not have happened if Duskey hadn’t pinned the Blue Devils deep once again. 

Burick Throws a Pair of Touchdowns

Equitable Advisors - Bryce MathieSenior quarterback Owen Burick was 12 of 26 passing for 126 yards and threw a pair of touchdowns. He led the Leopards on an efficient 8 play, 80 yard touchdown drive in just 2:35. Burick found senior wide receiver Matt Crosby for an 8 yard reception too convert a key 3rd-and-5 to the LHS 44.

Burick then connected with senior wide receiver Braiden Hershey on two consecutive sideline passes netting another 23 yards. Next, Burick went over the top for a third straight connection with Hershey who pulled it down in the endzone for a 33 yard touchdown reception with 35 seconds left before halftime. Hershey would finish as the game’s leading receiver with 4 catches for 61 yards. Duskey’s extra point was true and LHS took a double digit 10-0 lead into the locker room.

Burick’s second touchdown pass came late in the third quarter. He found junior tight end Kolton Loy across the middle for a 31 yard scoring strike to extend the Leopard advantage. Duskey’s extra point was successful again and Louisville went up by three possessions at 17-0 with 4:00 left in the third quarter.


Stoffer Returns Setup Scoring Drives

The 3 play, 35 yard scoring drive resulting in Loy’s touchdown was setup by a 15 yard punt return by sophomore Gabe Stoffer. Later on in the fourth quarter following the safety, Stoffer ran back the ensuing free kick 41 yards to set Louisville up with their best field position of the night at the Zanesville 32. Five consecutive runs by junior runningback Cam Dougherty and Burick put the Leopards at the Blue Devil 5 yard line. After an incompletion, Duskey converted a 22 yard field goal to put the Leopards in front 22-0.

Stoffer would finish with 3 total returns netting 61 yards for the night.

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Louisville Out-Rushes Zanesville 202-2

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdThe Leopards out-gained the Blue Devils 358-74 for the game, which included a 202-2 edge on the ground. Dougherty was the game’s leading rusher with 15 carries for 94 yards. Burick also racked up 60 rushing yards on 10 attempts and sophomore runningback Owen DiMarzio carried the ball 9 times for 27 yards.

Doyle finished 9 of 22 passing for 69 yards through the air to lead Zanesville. Senior wide receiver Drake Tabler was the Blue Devils leading receiver with 4 catches for 28 yards.

Leopards 1st Non-League Shutout Since 2009

The shutout is Louisville’s first since they won at Carrollton 49-0 on October 14, 2016. The last time the Leopards shutout a non-NBC opponent came in their 28-0 season opening win at Ravenna on August 28, 2009.

Louisville’s two prior non-league shutouts before that Ravenna game are also significant. They defeated Logan 7-0 in the 2008 DII, Region 7 quarterfinals in their only other game at Zanesville’s John D. Sulsberger Memorial Stadium. Prior to that, the Leopards shutout North Canton Hoover by the identical score of 22-0 at a different Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2008. This is the 249th recorded shutout in team history and 247th not counting two forfeits in 1925 and 1928.

1st Meeting Between Two Historic Programs

This was the first ever meeting between the Leopards and Blue Devils. Zanesville began playing football in 1900 and has now compiled a 656-417-32 record all-time, which marks them 26th all-time in wins for the state of Ohio according to the OHSAA. Louisville’s records begin in the 1924 season and they have compiled a 645-315-35 record since, which puts them at 31st all-time in wins for the state of Ohio.

The Leopards will look to add to that win total next week when they host Northwest in their home opener on Friday, September 1.

UP NEXT VARSITY: The Leopards will next host the Northwest Indians in their home opener on Friday, September 1. Game time is set for 7:00 PM from Louisville Leopards Stadium.

UP NEXT JV: JV will host Zanesville on Saturday, August 26 at 10:00 AM and host Walsh Jesuit on Saturday, September 2 at 5:00 PM.

UP NEXT FRESHMAN: Saturday’s game with Zanesville has been cancelled. Freshman will next host Walsh Jesuit on Thursday, August 31 at 5:00 PM and JV will host Walsh Jesuit on Saturday, September 2 at 10:00 AM. The Freshman 

Louisville Zanesvilles Week 2 Schedule

Friday, August 25
@Steubenville 29, New Philadelphia 14
@Marlington 31, Northwest 21
Hudson 45, @North Canton Hoover 8
Lake 42, @Boardman 31
St. Vincent-St. Mary 16, @Perry 14
Green 21, @South Range 7
@Massillon 56, GlenOak 7

22-0 Leopard Scorigami?

No Scorigami, the 22-0 score has occurred twice previously in Louisville football history:

  • 1973: Louisville 22, Oakwood 0*
  • 2008: Louisville 22, North Canton Hoover 0

* Louisville’s defense held Oakwood to -31 yards rushing on the ground, which is still the team record for lowest rushing total against the Leopards to this day. 

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Louisville at Zanesville Football Game Statistics

Scoring Summary


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Louisville 3-7-7-5–22

Zanesville 0-0-0-0–00

1st Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Carter Duskey 20 Yard Field Goal | LHS 3, ZHS 0, 4:50
12 Plays, 65 Yards

2nd Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Braiden Hershey 33 Yard Pass from Owen Burick (Carter Duskey Kick) | LHS 10, ZHS 0, 0:45
8 Plays, 80 Yards

3rd Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Kolton Loy 18 Yard Pass from Owen Burick (Carter Duskey Kick) | LHS 17, ZHS 0, 4:00
3 Plays, 35 Yards

4th Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Safety, Punt Snap Out of Endzone | LHS 19, ZHS 0, 9:43

LOUISVILLE – Carter Duskey 22 Yard Field Goal | LHS 22, ZHS 0, 6:11
7 Plays, 32 Yards

Records: Louisville 1-1, Zanesville 0-2

Team Stats

First Downs
Louisville: 20
Zanesville: 9

Total Offense
Louisville: 65 Plays, 358 Yards (5.5 Average)
Zanesville: 55 Plays, 74 Yards (1.3 Average)

Louisville: 39 Carries, 202 Yards (5.2 Average)
Zanesville: 29 Carries, 2 Yards (0.1 Average)

Louisville: 12 of 26 for 156 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception
Zanesville: 11 of 26 for 72 Yards, 2 Interceptions

Louisville: 0/0
Zanesville: 4/0

Louisville: 11 for 90 Yards
Zanesville: 3 for 24 Yards

3rd Down Conversions
Louisville: 4 of 11 (36%)
Zanesville: 3 of 13 (23%)

4th Down Conversions
Louisville: 0 of 2 (0%)
Zanesville: 1 of 2 (50%)

Punt Yards
Louisville: 5 Punts, 182 Yards (36.4 Average)
Zanesville: 6 Punts, 238 Yards (39.7 Average)

Kick Return Yards
Louisville: 2 Returns, 46 Yards (23.0 Average)
Zanesville: 4 Returns, 39 Yards (9.8 Average)

Punt Return Yards
Louisville: 2 Returns, 15 Yards (7.5 Average)
Zanesville: No Returns

Field Goal Attempts
Louisville: 2 for 2
Zanesville: 0 for 1

Individual Stats


Cam Dougherty 15 Carries, 94 Yards, 22 Long
Owen Burick 10 Carries, 60 Yards, 13 Long
Owen DiMarzio 9 Carries, 27 Yards, 18 Long
Tate Golden 2 Carries, 15 Yards, 8 Long
Gabe Stoffer 2 Carries, 7 Yards, 5 Long
Tate Aljancic 1 Carry, -1 Yards

Drew Doyle 19 Carries, -9 Yards
Justin Clayton 2 Carries, 6 Yards
Vaugh Pouncy 7 Carries, 6 Yards
Mahki Murray 1 Carry, -1 Yards


Owen Burick 12 of 26 for 156 Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 1 Interception

Drew Doyle 9 of 22 for 69 Yards, 2 Interceptions
Mahki Marray 2 of 4 for 3 Yards


Braiden Hershey 4 Catches, 61 Yards, 33 Long, Touchdown
Austin Wade 2 Catches, 33 Yards, 22 Long
Matt Crosby 2 Catches, 23 Yards, 15 Long
Tate Golden 2 Catches, 20 Yards, 11 Long
Kolton Loy 1 Catch, 18 Yards, Touchdown
Owen DiMarzio 1 Catch, 1 Yard

Drake Tabler 4 Catches, 28 Yards, 12 Long
Joe Geiger 3 Catches, 25 Yards, 20 Long
Jayden Johnson 2 Catches, 23 Yards, 12 Long
Vaughn Pouncy 1 Catch, 5 Yards
Drew Doyle 1 Catch, -9 Yards

Kick Returns

Gabe Stoffer 2 Returns, 46 Yards, 41 Long (23.0 Average)

Drake Tabler 2 Returns, 22 Yards, 16 Long (11.0 Average)
Jae Geiger 2 Returns, 17 Yards, 17 Long (8.5 Average)

Punt Returns

Gabe Stoffer 1 Return 15 Yards
Braiden Hershey 1 Return, 0 Yards



Carter Duskey 5 Punts, 182 Yards, 60 Long, 3 Inside 20 (36.4 Average)

Drew Doyle 6 Punts, 238 Yards 57 Long (39.7 Average)


Carter Duskey 2 of 2 Field Goals (20, 22), 2 of 2 Extra Points

Cam Van Kirk 0 of 1 Field Goals (Missed from 44)

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