Louisville Leopards at Marlington Dukes 2014 Football Highlights

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Louisville 54, Marlington 14

The Louisville Leopards turned a showdown of NBC undefeated teams into a 54-14 thumping of the Beatty's Sports Nothing is Given Shirt Full Size Adhost Marlington Dukes Friday Evening at Marlington Stadium. With the victory, Louisville is now 7-1 overall and is now alone atop the conference standings at 5-0.

Runningback Walter Schrock rushed for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns and Quarterback Connor Zwick threw for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Leopards Offense. On Defense and Special Teams Louisville forced 3 takeaways and came up with big play after big play.

Schrock scored on a pair of 14 yard touchdown runs in the opening quarter to put the Leopards ahead 14-0 after one. The first scoring drive was sparked by a 23 yard pass from Zwick to Kyle Woost on 3rd-and-11. The second scoring drive was keyed by a 32 yard run down the right sideline by Zwick.

Third Down Conversions proved to be huge for Louisville as they converted 5 of 8. Two big ones came on their next possession which translated into a 10 play, 74 yard scoring drive. Zwick rushed for 16 yards on 3rd-and-12 as time expired in the first quarter. Later on, the Leopards faced a 3rd-and-21 from the Dukes 25. Zwick rolled to his right and found a wide open Tyler Adams near the goal line for an aerial touchdown that put Louisville ahead 20-0.

The Leopards looked to extend their lead after Casey Nau made an interception on the ensuing Marlington possession. However, Louisville came up empty on a missed field goal attempt. Seizing the opportunity, the Dukes put together their most impressive drive of the night traveling 80 yards in 9 plays. A 20 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Chris Pennell to Wide Receiver Dylan Simmons cut the deficit to 20-7.

But the Leopards had an immediate answer to the sudden momentum shift as Tyler Adams returned the following kickoff 67 yards to the Dukes 17. Four plays later, Schrock twisted his way into the endzone from 5 yards out for his third touchdown of the evening. As a result, Louisville went into the half with a comfortable 27-7 lead.

The Leopards continued their third quarter dominance out of the locker room to put the game away. Each team traded 3-and-outs to start the half, but Marlington attempted a fake punt deep in their own territory on 4th down. The Dukes ball carrier gained the needed yardage for the first down, but fumbled after taking a hit from Louisville defender Dalton Deckerd. Teammate Marco Buccasso recovered the fumble on the Marlington 44 setting up the Leopards with great field position.

That turnover led to a Frankie Falcone 6 yard touchdown run. On Louisville’s next possession, Alec Jones danced his way into the endzone on a 58 yard strike from Zwick to go ahead 41-7. The Leopards now hold a 76-0 edge against their opponents this year in the third quarter.

Louisville’s second and third string quarterbacks shined in the fourth quarter. Jake Adams threw a 37 yard touchdown pass to Ryan Lautner on the first play of the fourth quarter. Later on, Brody Hahn scampered 31 yards to the house to put the Leopards ahead 54-14.

Marlington also broke double digits in the fourth quarter when Pennell hit Tyler Oakes from 7 yards out. Pennell finished 16 of 31 for 166 yards to lead the Dukes passing attack. Jaq Sampson also finished with 47 yards on the ground and Simmons was the game’s leading receiver with 5 catches for 96 yards.

Louisville got one last break after their final kickoff when Josh McQuilkin and Cole Weston sandwiched the Marlington return man to force a fumble. Corey White pounced on it at the Dukes 40 and the Leopards went into victory formation after that.

With the victory, the Leopards now lead the all-time series over the Dukes 42-5. The win is their first at Marlington since 2008 and they now hold a 19-4 record on the road in the series.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Alliance Aviators on Friday, October 24 at 7:00 PM.

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1 2 3 4 Final
Louisville 14-13-14-13–54
Marlington 0-7-0-7–14

1st Qtr:
L – 8:05 – Schrock 14 yd run
Terra PAT
6 plays 55 yds

L – 3:35 – Schrock 13 yd run
Terra PAT
6 plays 64 yds

2nd Qtr:
L – 10:49 – T. Adams 25 yd pass from Zwick
Kick Failed
10 plays 74 yds

M – 4:43 – Simmons 20 yd pass from Pennell
Floyd PAT
9 plays 80 yds

L – 3:18 – Schrock 5 yd run
Terra PAT
4 plays 18 yds

3rd Qtr:
L – 7:28 – Falcone 6 yd run
Terra PAT
5 plays 44 yds

L – 4:43 – Jones 58 yd pass from Zwick
Terra PAT
2 plays 67 yds

4th Qtr:
L – 11:45 – Lautner 37 yd pass from J. Adams
Kick Blocked
4 plays 55 yds

M – 8:30 – Oakes 9 yd pass from Pennell
Simmons PAT
4 plays 79 yds

L – 2:05 – Hahn 31 yd run
Terra PAT
9 plays 75 yds

Team Stats:
First Downs:
Louisville: 20
Marlington: 9

Louisville: 41 carries for 243 yds 5 TD’s
Marlington: 15 carries for 68 yds

Louisville: 13 of 19 for 213 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT’s
Marlington: 16 of 31 for 166 yds 2 TD’s 1 INT

Louisville: 3/1
Marlington: 3/2

Louisville: 2/13
Marlington: 3/29

3rd Down Conversions:
Louisville: 5/8
Marlington: 1/9

4th Down Conversions:
Louisville: 1/1
Marlington: 0/1

Individual Stats:
Louisville: Walter Schrock – 11 carries for 118 yds 3 TD’s
Connor Zwick – 15 carries for 34 yds
Brody Hahn – 6 carries for 41 yds 1 TD
Marlington: Jaq Sampson – 10 carries for 47 yds

Louisville: Kyle Woost – 5 catches for 57 yds
Tyler Adams – 4 catches 49 yds 1 TD
Alec Jones – 2 catches for 65 yds 1 TD
Ryan Lautner – 2 catches for 42 yds 1 TD
Marlington: Dylan Simmons – 5 catches for 96 yds 1 TD

Louisville: Connor Zwick – 11 of 17 for 171 yds 2 TD’s 0 INT
Jake Adams – 2 of 2 for 42 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Marlington: Chris Pennell – 16 of 31 for 166 yds 2 TD’s 1 INT

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