Louisville Rocks Ravenna in Home Opener 40-6
Louisville 40, Ravenna 6
Quarterback Connor Zwick finished with 200 yards of offense and 4 touchdowns to lead the Leopards. Runningback Walter Schrock also carried the ball 17 times for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Louisville Defense forced four turnovers on the night and the offense converted three of them into first half touchdowns. In the first quarter, fumble recoveries by Casey Nau and Marco Buccasso setup two Leopard 1-play scoring drives. The first was a 16 yard touchdown pass from Zwick to Alec Jones and the second a 10 yard touchdown scamper by Zwick. The Senior QB would finished with 7 rushes for 70 yards on the ground.
In the second quarter, Stephen Kerzan ended the Ravens best scoring opportunity of the first half with an interception inside the redzone. Louisville converted that turnover into an 11 play, 79 yard drive that ended with another Zwick to Jones connection from 21 yards out. Jones finished as the Leopards top receiver on the evening with 4 catches for 62 yards.
Later on, Zwick threw his third touchdown of the half with just four seconds remaining to Ryan Lautner. The 21 yard strike gave the Leopards a 33-0 halftime advantage. Lautner finished with 3 receptions for 52 yards.
Due to the new 30-point lead mercy rule the clock continuously ran in the second half. Louisville made sure the clock stayed running non-stop after they opened the second half with a 4 play, 58 yard scoring drive. Schrock, who scored earlier on a 4 yard touchdown run, found the endzone again from 14 yards away.
The Leopards defense held the Ravens scoreless until 3:48 left in the game when Warren Bradley broke free for a 13 yard touchdown run. Bradley finished as Ravenna’s leading rusher with 18 carries for 41 yards. Other leaders for the Ravens included Derek Cross who was 10 of 24 for 100 yards passing and Cameron Hinton who made 5 catches for 56 yards.
Prior to the score Joe Crank outstretched for a big interception and Kyle Ashcraft & Tanner Brahler blocked a punt to lead Louisville in the second half. With the victory, the Leopards have now won the last three meetings in the series and 14 of the last 15 overall. Louisville is now 15-2-2 against Ravenna all-time which includes a 9-0-1 record at home.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Salem to take on the Quakers on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 PM.
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