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Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe Louisville Leopards Football Team was shutout by the visiting North Canton Hoover Vikings 21-0 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the loss, Louisville drops to 0-4 on the season.

The Leopards turned the ball over five times and gave the Vikings great field position all night long. North Canton turned two of those turnovers into touchdowns and shutdown the Louisville offense throughout the game en rout to their first shutout in the rivalry since 1989.

Adelman Endzone Interception Ends Hoover’s Opening Drive

Re-Elect Corey Street Louisville City Council AdThe Vikings received the opening kickoff and wasted no time moving the ball down the field. On the second play from scrimmage, Hoover junior runningback Luke Roach broke loose down the right sideline for a 41 yard gain to the Leopards 30 yard line. 

North Canton took a shot to the endzone on the next play, but Louisville senior linebacker Connor Adelman leaped and intercepted the downfield pass in the middle of the endzone for a touchback to keep the game scoreless.

Vikings Capitalize on 1st Louisville Turnover

On the Leopards opening drive, senior runningback Riston Jobes ran 14 yards to convert 3rd-and-5 up to the Louisville 39 yard line. The Leopards found themselves facing 3rd-and-11 three plays later and a pass to the left found the hands of Hoover senior defensive back Roddric Mack at the LHS 46 yard line.

The Vikings turned that takeaway into a 6-play scoring drive that ended with Roach running up the middle for a 10 yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead. Roach would finish as the leading rusher for the game with 26 carries for 146 yards.

The key play on the drive came three plays earlier when sophomore quarterback Carson Dyrlund found senior wide receiver Zander Bugara for an 18 yard first down completion on 3rd-and-5. Bugara and Dyrlund would hook up 3 times on the night for 40 yards.

Leopards 1st Half Drives End in Picks

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdLouisville only reached Hoover territory twice in the game, both times coming in the opening half. A 40 yard pass over the middle of the field from senior quarterback Caleb Miller to senior wide receiver Zack Seaman moved the ball across the midfield stripe to the Viking 41 yard line. The next three plays netted 5 yards bringing up 4th-and-5. On the opening play of the second quarter, senior defensive back Anthony Gross tipped the ball in the air and junior linebacker Luke Griguolo intercepted it at the Hoover 21 yard line.

After a three-and-out by North Canton, the Leopards got the ball back on their own 25. Jobes ran for a first down to the 38, but a sack by sophomore defensive lineman Brady Sullivan on second down pushed Louisville back into a 3rd-and-20.

The Leopards settled for a short Miller to junior Daveion Cruse completion to the left sideline for an 8 yard gain. However, Cruse was hit while going out of bounds which drew a 15 yard unsportsmanlike call. That gifted Louisville a first down into Vikings territory at the 49. On the next play, senior defensive lineman Drew Logan read and picked off a screen pass at the line of scrimmage ending the Leopards drive.

Hoover Wins Field Position Battle

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdHoover’s 7-0 advantage would remain unchanged until late in the third quarter. Senior placekicker Robby Smart missed wide right on a 41 yard field goal attempt to end a promising North Canton drive.

Louisville went three-and-out on the ensuing drive and was forced to punt. Logan stormed through and to avoid the block a high angled punt resulted. The punt would only net 13 yards and gave the Vikings excellent field position at the Louisville 39.

Dyrlund ran left for a 17 yard gain on the second play of the drive and also drew a personal foul call that netted 11 more yards down to the Leopard 11. Three plays later, Griguolo scored from two yards out on a 3rd-and-1 to put North Canton ahead 14-0 with 1:14 to go in the third.

North Canton Extends Lead to 21-0

On the next play from scrimmage, Louisville coughed the ball up and Mack was there to scoop it up for his second takeaway of the contest. Five plays later, Logan scored on a 7 yard touchdown run. Smart’s extra point attempt was up and good for a third time to put the Vikings ahead 21-0 with 11:13 left in the the game.

This drive was also keyed by another Dyrlund to Bugara third down conversion. On the first play of the fourth quarter Dyrlund hit Bugara on a short screen pass to the left that went for 11 yards on 3rd-and-8. Roach ran left for a gain of 10 yards on the next play before Logan reached paydirt on the following play.

Leopards Defense Holds on 4th-and-1

The Leopard offense continued to struggle on their next drive. On 3rd-and-6 from their own 24, the North Canton defense recorded its fourth interception of the contest. Griguolo hauled in his second pick of the game and returned it 15 yards to the Louisville 16.

The Vikings looked to add to their advantage, but the Leopards defense had other plans. On 4th-and-1 from the LHS 7, Logan was met in the backfield by Jobes. The play netted a one yard loss and turned the ball over on downs back to Louisville.

Vikings Defense Records 3 Sacks on Final LHS Drive

A sack by junior linebacker Jack McKelley dropped the Leopards back into a 3rd-and-17 from their own 1 yard line. Adelman took a direct snap on the next two plays netting 13 yards on the first and then another 4 yards to convert a 4th-and-4 from the LHS 14 on the second.

A 12 yard completion from Miller to senior wide receiver AJ Lingenhoel moved the chains again. Lingenhoel was Louisville’s top target on the night making 5 grabs for 34 yards. A 9 yard pass from Miller to junior wide receiver Chase Mueller on 3rd-and-6 followed to move the sticks once more to the LHS 43 yard line.

McKelley busted through for a sack on the next play and Griguolo followed with a sack on the play after to drop the Leopards back into a 3rd-and-33. In order to avoid a third sack, Miller threw a short pass intended for Jobes. Instead it found the hands of junior lineman Trevor Eshler who powered his way forward 5 more yards to the 25 yards line much to the delight of the Louisville faithful. Unfortunately the play was not legal and the ineligible receiver call set the Leopards back into a 4th-and-38 forcing them to punt from their own 15 late in the fourth quarter.

99th All-Time Louisville Vs. Hoover Matchup

This was the 99th all-time meeting between the Louisville Leopards and North Canton Hoover Vikings. North Canton has now won 5 of the past 6 meetings in the rivalry overall.

Louisville still leads the all-time series 56-38-5, which includes a 31-16-3 record when playing at home.

This is just seventh time Hoover has shutout Louisville. The Vikings last shutout the Leopards 12-0 on September 22, 1989. The only other time North Canton blanked the Leopards at Louisville was in their 9-0 win on October 4, 1957.

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UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to take on the Lake Blue Streaks on Friday, September 17. Game time is set for 7:00 PM from Blue Streaks Stadium. 

Schedule Opponents Week 4 Finals

September 10

@Barberton 42, Kent Roosevelt 15
@Hubbard 27, Poland 23
St. Vincent-St. Mary 42, @Wooster 10
Lake 26, @GlenOak 7
Canton McKinley 27, @Perry 25
@Jackson 21, Green 20
@Alliance 56, Minerva 6

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Hoover at Louisville Football Game Statistics

Scoring Summary


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Hoover 7-0-7-7–21

Louisville 0-0-0-0–00

1st Quarter

HOOVER – Luke Roach 11 Yard Run (Robby Smart Kick) | LHS 0, HHS 7, 5:04
6 Plays, 46 Yards, 7:33

2nd Quarter


3rd Quarter

HOOVER – Luke Grigoulo 2 Yard Run (Robby Smart Kick) | LHS 0, HHS 14, 1:14
5 Plays, 39 Yards, 1:59

4th Quarter

HOOVER – Drew Logan 7 Yard Run (Robby Smart Kick) | LHS 0, HHS 21, 11:13
5 Plays, 30 Yards, 1:52

Records: North Canton Hoover 2-2, Louisville 0-4

Team Stats

First Downs
North Canton: 14
Louisville: 10

North Canton: 43 Carries, 197 Yards, 3 TD
Louisville: 23 Carries, 20 Yards

North Canton: 4 of 10 for 43 Yards, INT
Louisville: 12 of 26 for 93 Yards, 4 INT

North Canton: 1/0
Louisville: 2/1

North Canton: 8 for 95 Yards
Louisville:  4 for 26 Yards

3rd Down Conversions
North Canton: 3 of 11
Louisville: 2 of 11

4th Down Conversions
North Canton: 1 of 2
Louisville: 0 for 1

Individual Stats


North Canton
Luke Roach 25, Carries, 146 Yards, TD
Carson Dyrlund 6 Carries, 27 Yards
Drew Logan 3 Carries, 12 Yards, TD
Jack Baxter 4 Carries, 8 Yards
Luke Griguolo 2 Carries, 4 Yards, TD
Zander Bugara 3 Carries, 0 Yards

Riston Jobes 12 Carries, 42 Yards
Connor Adelman 4 Carries, 23 Yards
Caleb Miller 7 Carries, -45 Yards


North Canton
Zander Bugara: 3 Catches, 40 Yards

Zack Seaman 3 Catches, 39 Yards
AJ Lingenhoel 5 Catches, 34 Yards
Chase Mueller 1 Catch, 9 Yards
Daveion Cruse 1 Catch, 8 Yards
Riston Jobes 2 Catches, 3 Yards


North Canton
Carson Drylund: 4 of 10 for 45 Yards, 1 Interception

Caleb Miller: 12 of 25 for 93 Yards, 4 Interceptions
Connor Adelman: 0 for 1

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