North Canton Hoover Vikings at Louisville Leopards 2017 Football Highlights
North Canton Hoover 41, Louisville 14
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team fell to the visiting North Canton Hoover Vikings 41-14 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the loss, Louisville drops to 0-2 on the season.
Leopards Quarterback Jared Mathie completed 16 of 36 passes for 202 yards, ran for a team-leading 60 yards on 11 carries, and had 2 total touchdowns. Max Hartline also had 5 catches for 66 yards and a fourth quarter touchdown grab for Louisville.
The Vikings scored on each of their first three possessions to build a 20-0 advantage. The Leopards went three-and-out on their first two drives. On their third drive, Louisville converted multiple third downs before stalling at the Hoover 23. The 4th-and-6 pass down the left sideline was broken up giving the ball back to North Canton.
The Leopards first scoring drive started from their own 42 after Cam Lingle returned a kickoff 24 yards. On the first series Mathie hit Wide Receiver Davis Burick over the middle to convert a 3rd-and-9 across midfield. The pair connected again on the next play for another 16 yard chunk to the Vikings 29.
The next three plays only netted a yard setting up a 4th-and-9 for Louisville. Mathie dropped back into the pocket which quickly began to collapse. He busted through a sack and found some room on the right side of the field. A juke move avoided another tackler and Mathie cleared the need first down yardage with a gain of 14. Two plays later, Mathie ran a draw up the gut 11 yards to paydirt to make it 20-7.
The Leopards did add to their total again until they mounted a 15 play, 78 yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. A Mathie to Burick 17 yard connection got things moving and a Mathie to Bryce Zuppe 16 yard completion flipped the field to the Vikings 42. Zuppe caught 5 passes for 63 yards for the night.
After that, Burick carried defenders off a bubble screen to convert a 3rd-and-10 to the Hoover 29. A North Canton sack set things back, but a pass interference gave it right back to Louisville. Facing a 4th-and-6, Mathie rifled a pass to Hartline in the middle of the endzone to make it 41-14 with 3:25 left in the contest.
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North Canton out-gained Louisville in total offense 434-289, which included a 321-87 advantage on the ground. Quarterback John Keller led the Vikings with 13 carries for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns. Runningback Luke Reicosky was right behind him with 17 rushes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reicosky’s back-breaking 40 yard touchdown run in the second quarter put Hoover up 20-0.
Keller was also a near perfect 9 of 10 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown. He hit Wide Receiver Brady Nist in stride for a 41 yard first quarter aerial score. Nist finished with 2 catches for 56 yards and Cord Haubert made 4 grabs for 28 yards.
Both team’s played a clean game throughout with only 3 total penalties for 30 yards and no turnovers on either side. A big difference came in early down production as Louisville would face 17 third-downs, while Hoover only flipped the marker to third down 4 times.
This is the first time the Vikings have won at Louisville since they downed the Leopards 38-7 on September 5, 2003. Louisville still leads the all-time series 55-35-5 over North Canton, which includes a 30-15-3 record in the series at home. This is also the first time the Vikings have won back-to-back meetings with the Leopards since winning three in a row from 1997-99.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Austintown Fitch to take on the Falcons on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 PM.
North Canton 13-14-14-0–41
H – 8:08: John Keller 8 yd run
Jonah Cline PAT
6 plays 83 yds
H – 5:03: Brady Nist 41 yd pass from John Keller
5 plays 73 yds
H- 8:40: Luke Reicosky 40 yd run
Jonah Cline PAT
6 plays 78 yds
L – 5:19: Jared Mathie 11 yd run
Hannah Baughman PAT
10 plays 58 yds
H – 1:22: Luke Reicosky 4 yd run
Ben Smith run
10 plays 80 yds
H – 9:55: John Keller 1 yd run
Jonah Cline PAT
7 plays 60 yds
H – 3:01: John Keller 5 yd run
3 plays 72 yds
L – 3:25: Max Hartline 11 yd pass from Jared Mathie
Hannah Baughman PAT
15 plays 78 yds
North Canton: 18
North Canton: 33 carries 321 yds 5 TDs
Louisville: 25 carries for 87 yds 1 TD
North Canton: 9 of 10 for 113 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Louisville: 16 of 36 for 202 yds 1 TD ) INT
North Canton: 2/0
North Canton: 2/27
3rd Down Conversions:
North Canton: 2/4
4th Down Conversions:
North Canton: 0/0
John Keller: 13 carries for 165 yds 3 TD’s
Luke Reicosky: 17 carries for 160 yds 2 TD’s
Jared Mathie: 11 carries for 60 yds 1 TD
Gavin Van Zant: 9 carries for 29 yds
North Canton: John Keller: 9 of 10 for 113 yds 1 TD 0 INt
Louisville: Jared Mathie: 16 of 36 for 202 yds 1 TD 0 INT
Cord Haubert: 4 catches for 28 yds
Brady NIst: 2 catches for 56 yds 1 TD
Max Hartline: 5 catches for 66 yds 1 TD
Bryce Zuppe: 5 catches for 63 yds
Davis Burick: 4 catches for 57 yds
Logan Thomas: 1 catch for 10 yds
Jack Davis: 1 catch for 6 yds
Records: North Canton Hoover 2-0, Louisville 0-2