Louisville Leopards Vs. Canfield Cardinals 2005 Playoff Football Highlights
Canfield 7, Louisville 0
The Louisville Leopards perfect run through the 2005 season came to a close on November 18, 2005 at Warren G. Harding’s Mollenkopf Stadium. A 37 yard flea flicker from Canfield Cardinals Quarterback Sean Baker to Wide Receiver Tom Hudson with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter gave Canfield a 7-0 lead that they would never reliquish.
The Leopards undoing came from six turnovers. Linebacker Kyle Banna had 3 of Canfield’s 5 interceptions including the one that set up the only score of the game.
Louisville still had an opportunity late in the contest when they drove to the the Cardinal 19-yard-line. However, Canfield linebacker Joe Rosko picked off a pass in the middle of the field to end the threat with 7:56 left in the game. It was the third time the Leopards were picked off in the redzone during the contest.
“They’re a very good defensive football team,” Leopards Head Coach Paul Farrah said of the Cardinals who held Louisville to just 27 rushing yards on 19 carries. “They dropped seven in the secondary, but we still had some plays we could have made.”
For Louisville, quarterback Drew Kuhn finished the night 14-for-37 for 109 yards. On defense, defensive back Brandon Hostetler picked off a Cardinal pass near the goal line to halt one third quarter Canfield drive. The Leopards defense allowed just three completions all game, but unfortunately one of them was a killer.
“Both teams played great defense,” Farrah said. “It came down to one play, a flea-flicker.” It was a painful end to a superb 12-1 year.
The game also marks the last time the Leopards were shutout (as of the date of this posting).
Canfield – Tom Hudson 37 yard pass from Sean Baker (Jones Kick), 0-7