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Northwest 26, Louisville 14

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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team fell in their home opener against the visiting Northwest Indians 26-14 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the loss, Louisville drops to 1-2 on the season.

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Rice Picks Off 3 Interceptions for Louisville

Equitable Advisors - Bryce MathieJunior defensive back Cooper Rice recorded three interceptions on defense to lead the Leopards. Rice’s first quarter interception came a play after Louisville had fumbled away their second possession around midfield. His second pick came at the 5 yard line as Northwest looked poised to tie the game on 3rd-and-goal midway through the second quarter.

Rice also came down with his third interception later on in the fourth quarter to give the Leopards hope at the LHS 41 yard line trailing 20-14 with 9:49 to play.

Rice is the third known Louisville player to record three or more picks in the contest. It was fitting that the Leopards scoreboard intro included narration from Marc Zustin because Zustin was the last Louisville player to to snag three picks in a game. Zustin recorded three interceptions in the Leopards 34-15 win over Canton South on September 13, 2002.

Joe Callan also achieved the feat twice, which included recording a team record 4 interceptions during the Leopards 24-0 shutout of Jackson on September 20, 1974. Callan also picked off three passes in Louisville’s 29-0 shutout of Marlington on September 28, 1973.

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Leopards Score on Opening Drive

The Leopards took a touchdown lead twice throughout the contest. Louisville’s opening drive ended when senior quarterback Owen Burick connected with senior wide receiver Braiden Hershey for a 36 yard touchdown pass to put the Leopards in front 7-0 just 4:07 into the contest. The 7 play, 65 yard drive was primed by a 25 yard first down completion from Burick to senior wide receiver Matt Crosby on 3rd-and-19.

Burick would finish 12 of 23 passing for 150 yards. Crosby was Louisville’s leading receiver with 4 receptions for 68 yards. Hershey also made 3 grabs for 38 yards.

Promising Louisville Drives Come Up Empty

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdLouisville came up empty on the next three drives into Northwest territory. The Leopards drove to the Indians 34 yard line on their next drive before a senior defensive back Connor Satterfield converged with sophomore defensive lineman Jeremy Caudill for a sack fumble. Senior defensive lineman Morgan Kunkle pounced on the ball for Northwest at the LHS 47.

Louisville drove to the 1 yard line on their third drive of the game. The Indians clogged all pathways when Burick ran a quarterback sneak on 3rd-and-goal from the 1. Junior linebacker Jeffrey McHenry made the stop in the backfield for a 2 yard loss. The quarter ended and the teams switched sides of the field. Burick’s 4th-and-goal pass to the back corner of the endzone was caught by Hershey, but out of bounds resulting in a turnover on downs. 

Satterfield Scores as 1st Half Expires

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdNorthwest knotted the game at 7-7 via a 7 play, 76 yard drive to close the second quarter. The Indians started from their own 24 with 1:44 to play before halftime and were sparked by two key plays before Satterfield punched the ball in from a yard out as time expired.

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Pappas completed a pass to sophomore wide receiver Tristan Pennington down the right sideline. Pennington made the grab over top a Leopard defender, tip-toed the sideline, and carried defenders into the redzone before being brought down at the Louisville 19.

On 3rd-and-9 with 8 seconds remaining, Pappas threw a pass to Landen Cross inside the 10 yard line and was tackled by Leopard junior defensive back Kolton Loy at the 1 yard line on what appeared to be a touchdown saving tackle as time expired. The referees determined that one tick remained on the clock and Northwest quickly called timeout. Satterfield plunged in through the right side of the line as the clock hit triple zeros to knot the game at 7-7 at halftime.

Ramsey Caps Off Short Drive with Touchdown

Jenny Can Cleaning AdLouisville drove across midfield on their opening second half possession via first down runs by Burick and junior runningback Cam Dougherty. On 3rd-and-14 the pair also hooked up for a 12 yard completion which would have setup a 4th-and-2. However, a 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty called on the Leopards sideline forced them to punt. Senior punter Carter Duskey’s boot was returned inside the 10, but a holding call against the Indians backed Northwest up to their own 5 yard line.

The Indians went three-and-out and punted from their own endzone. The ensuing boot ricochet off a Northwest player at the Indian 35 yard line giving the Leopards their best starting field position of the night.

The Leopards needed just three plays to retake the lead. Burick ran for 6 yards and then ran left again for a 28 yard gain to the Indians 1. Louisville then handed the ball off to 6’1, 225 pound senior runningback Will Ramsey for the final yard to put LHS back in front. Duskey’s extra point was true again and the Leopards led 14-7 with 7:04 left in the third quarter.

Northwest Scores 19 Unanswered to Take Game

Northwest responded immediately to Louisville’s go-ahead scoring drive. Junior Parker Kraft returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards to the Leopard 34 yard line. Four plays later, Pappas found a leaping Pennington on the right side of the endzone for a 21 yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-9. Sophomore kicker Ben Schantz’s extra point split the uprights again to tie the game at 14-14 with 5:14 left in the third.

On the second play of Louisville’s next drive, Cross intercepted a pass in the secondary and returned it to the house for what appeared to be a pick six to give Northwest their first lead of the game. However, there was a hold on the return and the Indians would start from the LHS 34 once again. Six plays later, Kraft scampered right for a 7 yard touchdown run to put NWHS in front 20-14 with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Northwest’s defense continued to hold the Leopards off the board forcing a three-and-out on the next two possessions. Louisville drove to the NWHS 28 midway through the 4th quarter after Rice picked off his third pass at the Indian 41. However, a sack by sophomore defensive lineman Colin Smith on second down and another sack by sophomore defensive back Abe Lazarus on 4th-and-13 ended the Leopard threat with 5:28 left to play.

The Indians ice the game with a 6 play, 46 yard drive that ate up 3:40 and put them ahead by two possessions. Pappas threw a strike to sophomore defensive back Drew Tirbovich for a 12 yard completion on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive past midfield. Northwest then overcame a fumbled snap with an 18 yard first down run by Satterfield followed by a 24 yard run by Kraft on the next play to set the Indians up with a 1st-and-goal. On third-and-goal, Satterfield ran up the gut for a 1 yard game clinching touchdown that put Northwest ahead 26-14 with 1:43 left in the game.

Louisville would go 4-and-out on their final possession. Satterfield rushed into the backfield for the game sealing sack with 1:09 to go. The Indians kneeled down from there.

Satterfield carried the ball 20 times for 107 yards to lead Northwest who out-rushed Louisville 136-93 for the game. The Indians also held the edge in total offense 291-243. Cross led the offense with 4 receptions for 73 yards, Pennington made 3 catches for 68 yards, and Kraft finished with 52 yards of offense.

Northwest’s 1st Win Over Louisville Since 2007

This is the first time the Indians have defeated the Leopards in 16 Years. Northwest last won at Louisville 34-33 on September 14, 2007. The 2007 Leopards didn’t lose again that season until falling to Cincinnati Anderson in the DII state championship game.

Louisville had won the last 4 meetings coming into Friday’s matchup, which included winning at Northwest 16-6 last season. The Leopards still lead the all-time series 17-6, which includes an 8-4 record when playing at Louisville in the series.  

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VARSITY UP NEXT: The Louisville Varsity Football Team will next host the North Canton Hoover Vikings on Friday, September 8. Game time is slated for 7:00 PM from Louisville Leopard Stadium.

JV UP NEXT: The Louisville JV Football Team will travel to play at Walsh Jesuit on Saturday, September 2 at 10:00 AM and then travel to play at North Canton Hoover on Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 AM.

FRESHMAN UP NEXT: The Louisville Freshman Football Team will next travel to North Canton Hoover to take on the Vikings on Thursday, September 7 at 5:00 PM.

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Week 3 Louisville Opponents Scores

@New Philadelphia 22, Wooster 13
@St. Clairsville 48, Zanesville 7
@North Canton Hoover 56, Dohn Community 0
@Lake 17, Brecksville 14, 2 OT
@Perry 42, Euclid 6
Green 41, @Tallmadge 14
Austintown Fitch 35, @GlenOak 3
@South Range 41, Warren JFK 3
@Steubenville 21, Cardinal Mooney 14

26-14 Leopard Scorigami?

No Scorigami, this score has occurred one other time in Louisville football history:

  • 10/6/1978 – Louisville 26, Canton Central Catholic 14

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Northwest at Louisville Football Game Statistics

Scoring Summary


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Northwest 0-7-13-6–26

Louisville 7-0-7-0–14

1st Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Braiden Hershey 36 Yard Pass from Owen Burick (Carter Duskey Kick) | LHS 7, NWHS 0, 7:53
7 Plays, 65 Yards

2nd Quarter 

NORTHWEST – Connor Satterfield 1 Yard Run (Ben Schantz Kick) | LHS 7, NWHS 7, 0:00
7 Plays, 76 Yards, 1:44

3rd Quarter 

LOUISVILLE – Will Ramsey 1 Yard Run (Carter Duskey Kick) | LHS 14, NWHS 7, 7:04
3 Plays, 35 Yards, 0:54

NORTHWEST – Tristan Pennington 21 Yard Pass from Tyler Pappas (Ben Schantz Kick) | LHS 14, NWHS 14, 5:14
4 Plays, 34 Yards

NORTHWEST – Parker Kraft 7 Yard Run (Pass Failed) | LHS 14, NWHS 20, 1:57
6 Plays, 24 Yards

4th Quarter 

NORTHWEST – Connor Satterfield 1 Yard Run (Pass Failed) | LHS 14, NWHS 26, 1:43
6 Plays, 46 Yards

Records: Northwest 1-2, Louisville 1-2

Team Stats

First Downs
Louisville: 14 (7 Rushing, 7 Passing)
Northwest: 13 (6 Rushing, 5 Passing, 2 Penalty)

Total Offense
Louisville: 60 Plays, 243 Yards (4.1 Average)
Northwest: 56 Plays, 291 Yards (5.2 Average)

Louisville: 37 Carries, 93 Yards, 1 Touchdown (2.5 Average)
Northwest: 35 Carries, 136 Yards, 3 Touchdowns (3.9 Average)

Louisville: 12 of 23 for 150 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception
Northwest: 10 of 21 for 155 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 3 Interceptions

Louisville: 2/1
Northwest: 1/0

Louisville: 8 for 50 Yards
Northwest: 2 for 15 Yards

3rd Down Conversions
Louisville: 7 for 13
Northwest: 7 for 11

4th Down Conversions
Louisville: 0 for 2
Northwest: 0 for 0

Punt Yards
Louisville: 4 Punts, 159 Yards (39.8 Average)
Northwest: 4 Punts, 118 Yards (29.5 Average)

Kick Return Yards
Louisville: 3 Returns, 31 Yards
Northwest: 3 Returns, 100 Yards

Punt Return Yards
Louisville: 2 Returns, 47 Yards
Northwest: 1 Return, 0 Yards

Field Goal Attempts
Louisville: 0/0
Northwest: 0/0

Individual Stats


Cam Dougherty 12 Carries, 52 Yards
Owen DiMarzio 5 Carries, 10 Yards
Owen Burick 16 Carries, 7 Yards
Tate Golden 2 Carries, 16 Yards
Braiden Hershey 1 Carry, 7 Yards
Will Ramsey 1 Carry, 1 Yard, Touchdown

Connor Satterfield 20 Carries, 107 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Parker Kraft 7 Carries, 38 Yards, Touchdown
Chase Badger 4 Carries, 4 Yards
Tyler Pappas 4 Carries, -13 Yards


Owen Burick 12 of 23 for 150 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception

Chase Badger 5 of 9 for 60 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 2 Interceptions
Tyler Pappas 5 of 11 for 95 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception
Logan Allman 0 of 1


Matt Crosby 4 Catches, 68 Yards
Braiden Hershey 3 Catches, 38 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Cam Dougherty 2 Catches, 21 Yards
Carter Deem 1 Catch, 10 Yards
Tate Golden 1 Catch, 7 Yards
Owen DiMarzio 1 Catch, 6 Yards

Landen Cross 4 Catches, 73 Yards
Tristan Pennington 3 Catches, 68 Yards, Touchdown
Parker Kraft 3 Catches, 14 Yards

Kick Returns

Gabe Stoffer 2 Returns, 24 Yards, 14 Long
Jacob Paumier 1 Return, 7 Yards

Parker Kraft 3 Returns, 100 Yards, 61 Long

Punt Returns

Gabe Stoffer 2 Returns, 47 Yards, 32 Long

Landen Cross 1 Return, 0 Yards


4 Punts, 159 Yards, 49 Long

Chase Badger 4 Punts, 118 Yards, 33 Long

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