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My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdThe Louisville Leopards Varsity Football Team fell to the visiting Perry Panthers 34-14 Friday Night at Louisville Leopards Stadium. With the loss, Louisville falls to 0-6 on the season.

The Leopards ran the ball 30 times for 174 yards on the ground for the game. Senior runningback Connor Adelman carried the ball 11 times for 87 yards and a touchdown to lead Louisville. Junior runningback Riston Jobes also ran the ball 10 times for 77 yards.

Leopards Fight Back to Tie Game at 7-7

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdJobes helped flip field position in the first half with a 57 yard run to the Panther 25. The Leopards would be stopped on downs four plays later, but the Louisville defense held Perry to just 8 yards on their next drive forcing a punt. The punt hopped out of bounds at the Louisville 49 giving the Leopards their best field position of the night.

Louisville march 51 yards on 8 plays to tie the game at 7-7. Adelman took a direct snap up the gut to move the chains on 4th-and-1 to the Panther 40. On the next play, junior quarterback Daveion Cruse rolled to his left and found senior wide receiver Chase Mueller down the left sideline. Mueller side stepped a defender and found space in the open field for a 31 yard reception down to the Perry 9 yard line setting up 1st-and-goal.

Jenny Can Cleaning AdOn 3rd-and-goal, Cruse found senior wide receiver Zack Seaman wide open in the front right corner of the endzone for an 8 yard touchdown reception. The touchdown catch is Seaman’s team leading fourth of the season. The passing touchdown is the first for Cruse as a Leopard. Senior kicker Myles Lab split the uprights on the extra point to knot the game at 7-7 with 5:28 to go before halftime. 

Cruse would finish 8 of 13 passing for 98 yards on the night.

Panthers Answer to Take Halftime Lead

Re-Elect Corey Street Louisville City Council AdPerry answered back with an 8 play, 85 yard scoring drive that began with a 35 yard run by senior runningback Samuel Thompson to midfield. The Panthers would then convert a key 3rd-and-9 on their first successful pass attempt of the night. The 13 yard completion from sophomore quarterback Carson Basham to senior runningback Kameron Gill moved the sticks to the Leopard 13. 

Four plays later, junior runningback De’Andre Church scored on a 14 yard touchdown run to put the Panthers back in front 14-7 with 1:34 to go before halftime.

Perry Pulls Ahead 27-7 in Third Quarter

Perry took a touchdown lead into the half and doubled their advantage by marching to the endzone on the opening drive of the third quarter. The Panthers ran the ball 12 straight times and didn’t face a third down until the final play of the drive. On 3rd-and-8 from the 12 yard line, Thompson ran a sweep to the right, found a seam, and busted his way into the endzone to put Perry ahead 21-7 with 6:12 to play in the third quarter. Not only had the Panthers extended their advantage, but they had nearly eaten up half the third quarter clock in significantly shrinking the time remaining in the contest.

The Leopards bad luck continued on the ensuing kickoff as the ball hit a returner and bounced out of bounds at the 2 yard line. Louisville was able to get out of the shadow of their own endzone when Cruse found junior wide receiver Brandon Jackson over the middle for a 15 yard gain. Jackson was tackled by the horse collar, which tacked on 15 more yards and set LHS up at their own 40. 

Louisville faced 4th-and 2 four plays later. A jet sweep to the right was snuffed out by the Perry defense and the play went for no gain. The Panthers took over at the Leopards 48 yard line.

Perry went for the knockout punch on the next play. On what looked to be a standard running play, Gill broke free into an empty secondary and Basham connected hit him for an easy 48 yard touchdown pass. The Panthers had run the ball 16 straight plays prior to that pass and wouldn’t complete another pass the rest of the night. The one play bomb gave Perry a 27-7 advantage with 3:36 to go in the the third quarter.

The extra point attempt by junior placekicker Ty Boughman was blocked by the right hand of Leopard senior Cameron Brazek who came charging through the middle of the line to keep the deficit at 20. Boughman was successful on each of his other four extra point tries on the night.

Adelman Tops Off Leopards Best Drive

Neither team scored on their next possessions. Louisville was forced to punt after a three-and-out. Perry drove 53 yards on 11 plays eating away 6:39 of game clock and sending the game into the fourth quarter. The Panthers failed to score as Adelman cut down the Perry ballcarrier on 4th-and-7 and the Leopards took over on their own 13.

Louisville followed that stop with a 6 play, 87 yard scoring march, their best drive of the night. Cruse found Mueller for an 18 yard first down reception to the LHS 32. Cruse was sacked on the next play by Panther defensive lineman Henry Breitmeier for a 3 yard loss. However, Cruse overcame that setback by completing back-to-back 7 yard passes to senior wide receiver AJ Lingenhoel and Jackson to move the chains.

On the next play, Adelman dazzled the crowd with a shifty 56 yard touchdown scamper to cut the Leopard deficit to 27-14 with 4:22 to play in the contest. Cruse went under center before handing off to Adelman. He side stepped an incoming defender to his left and cut back to the right. In the process, he stiff arm and hurdled a would be tackler while remaining in bounds on the right sideline. Adelman got a downfield block from Jackson and cut back to his left one more time into the open field sprinting the remaining 30 yards to the endzone. Adelman has now rushed for a team best 3 touchdowns this season.

Panthers End How They Began

Down two scores, Louisville attempted an onside kick. The line drive boot was picked out of the air by Thompson who cut to his right into open space for a 16 yard kick return to the Leopard 35 giving PHS their best field position of the evening.

Perry ran the ball 12 straight times on their opening 58 yard scoring drive in the first quarter. That drive ended with Thompson scoring from 4 yards out on a 4th-and-3 run to the right. 

In similar fashion, the Panthers ran 8 straight running plays to put the final nail in the coffin. After a holding call, Perry overcame a 2nd-and-22 with a 16 yard run by Thompson and a 13 yard run by Church. On third-and-goal, Church would be called upon again and he cut left behind the line reaching pay dirt from 3 yards away to put the Panthers on top 34-14 with 50 seconds to go in the game.

Perry Racks Up 313 Yards Rushing

Perry ran the ball on 51 of their 56 plays for 313 yards and reached the endzone 4 times on the ground. Church carried the majority of the load with 26 carries for 110 yards. Thompson also gained 97 yards on 13 rushing attempts. Both finished with a pair of touchdowns each.

Basham also ran the ball 11 times for 50 yards while completing 2 of 5 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown through the air.

Clean Contest

Neither team turned the ball over or was credited with a fumble during the game. Louisville did not commit a single penalty, while Perry had just 4 penalties for 40 yards.

Louisville Vs. Perry Football History

The Leopards have now lost their last 6 meetings against the Panthers, which includes the last 3 matchups in the series played at Louisville. Perry has taken 12 of the last 13 games in the series overall dating back to 1984. The Leopards lone victory over the Panthers came in a 21-13 home win on September 15, 1995.

Perry leads the all-time series 19-11 overall dating back to the first time these old Federal League rivals met up in 1967. The Panthers also hold an 11-5 edge in games played at Louisville in the series.

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The Leopards are now 0-3 against Federal League foes this season and 5-9 against Fed teams since becoming an independent in 2018. 

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to take on the Green Bulldogs on Friday, October 1. Game time is set for 7:00 PM from Green Memorial Stadium.

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Perry Panthers at Louisville Leopards Football Game Statistics

Scoring Summary


Team 1-2-3-4–TOTAL

Perry 7-7-13-7–34

Louisville 0-7-0-7–14

1st Quarter

PERRY – Samuel Thompson 4 Yard Run (Ty Boughman Kick) | LHS 0, PHS 7, 2:40
12 Plays, 58 Yards

2nd Quarter

LOUISVILLE – Zack Seaman 8 Yard Pass from Daveion Cruse (Myles Lab Kick) | LHS 7, PHS 7, 5:28
8 Plays, 51 Yards

PERRY – De’Andre Church 14 Yard Run (Ty Boughman Kick) | LHS 7, PHS 14, 1:34
8 Plays, 85 Yards

3rd Quarter

PERRY – Samuel Thompson 12 Yard Run (Ty Boughman Kick) | LHS 7, PHS 21, 6:12
10 Plays, 62 Yards

PERRY – Kameron Gill 48 Yard Pass from Carson Basham (Kick Blocked) | LHS 7, PHS 27, 3:36
1 Play, 48 Yards

4th Quarter

LOUISVILLE – Connor Adelman 56 Yard Run (Myles Lab Kick) | LHS 14, PHS 27, 4:22
6 Plays, 87 Yards

PERRY – De’Andre Church 3 Yard Run (Ty Boughman Kick) | LHS 14, PHS 34, 0:50
8 Plays, 35 Yards

Records: Perry 2-4, Louisville 0-6

Team Stats

First Downs
Perry: 21
Louisville: 11

Perry: 51 Carries, 313 Yards, 4 Touchdowns
Louisville: 30 Carries, 174 Yards, Touchdown

Perry: 2 of 5 for 61 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Louisville: 8 of 13 for 98 Yards, 1 Touchdown

Perry: 0/0
Louisville: 0/0

Perry: 4 for 40 Yards
Louisville: 0 for 0 Yards

3rd Down Conversions:
Perry: 5 for 9
Louisville: 3 for 8

4th Down Conversions:
Perry: 1 for 4
Louisville: 1 for 3

Individual Stats


DeAndre Church 26 Carries, 110 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Samuel Thompson 13 Carries, 97 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
Carson Basham 11 Carries, 50 Yards
Ryder Hartshorn 4 Carries, 39 Yards
Joseph Schweizer 2 Carries, 11 Yards
Jonathan Ruiz 1 Carry, 6 Yards

Connor Adelman 11 Carries, 87 Yards, Touchdown
Riston Jobes 10 Carries, 77 Yards
Zack Seaman 3 Carries, 9 Yards
Daveion Cruse 4 Carries, 1 Yard
Braylon Taylor 2 Carries, 0 Yards


Carson Basham 2 of 5 for 61 Yards, 1 Touchdown

Daveion Cruse 8 of 13 for 98 Yards, 1 Touchdown


Kameron Gill 2 Catches, 61 Yards, 1 Touchdown

Chase Mueller 2 Catches, 49 Yards
Brandon Jackson 2 Catches, 22 Yards
Zack Seaman 2 Catches, 15 Yards, Touchdown

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