Leopards Ransack Raiders 27-6 – Varsity Football
Louisville 27, South Range 6
Wide Receiver Jared Mathie led the Leopards offense with 8 catches for 123 yards and a pair of touchdown receptions. Quarterback Colton Jones finished 18 of 29 passing for 257 yards and threw 3 touchdowns. Bryce Zuppe had the other touchdown grab on 3rd-and-10 from 26 yards out to put Louisville ahead 13-0 with just 7 seconds left before halftime.
On the ground, Max Hartline carried the ball 13 times for 58 yards and scored on a 1 yard first quarter touchdown run. The score capped off the Leopards 9 play 59 yard drive that started after Hartline brought back the opening kickoff 30 yards to the Louisville 41. The Leopards moved the chains on three straight plays during the drive. Hartline picked up a 3rd-and-1 on the ground, Jones hit Davis Burick over the middle for 11 yards, and then Jones ran to his right for a gain of 23 inside the redzone. Four plays later Hartline punched it in to make it 7-0 Louisville.
The Leopards defense recorded a pair of takeaways on the Raiders first two offensive drives to preserve the LHS lead. South Range drove to the Louisville 19 before Defensive End Jason Goard drove them back out of the redzone with a tackle for a 2 yard loss. The ensuing 3rd-and-3 pass tipped off the hands of a Raiders receiver and was intercepted by Zuppe.
Zuppe’s 11 yard catch was the Leopards only first down on their next drive and they would be forced to punt after 6 plays. Zuppe made the most of it by booming a 63 yard punt that pinned the Raiders on their own 7 after a short return. South Range converted a third down, but on their second third down attempt Maverick Pugh sacked and stripped the Quarterback and Goard fell on the ball at the Raiders 19.
Louisville was unable to capitalize on the great field position when the snap was bobbled on what would have been a 29 yard field goal attempt. The spirit of giving continued as each team picked up a 15 yard personal foul on the Raiders next offensive possession. The Leopards also fumbled the ball away two plays into their next drive. Linebacker Colin McCabe charged in for the sack that jarred the ball free and was recovered by Defensive Lineman Anthony Czap at the Louisville 9 yard line.
The Leopards defense rose to the occasion in holding the Raiders to just 3 yards on their next 4 plays from inside the 10. On 3rd-and-goal from the 6, Goard sacked the Quarterback for a 1 yard loss. Then on 4th-and-goal, Defensive Back Carter Rode stopped the Raider receiver cold 1 yard pass the line of scrimmage to thwart the scoring threat.
On the next drive, Louisville committed their second turnover of the half when Defensive Back Josh Stear picked off a pass at the Leopards 47. The Leopards defense with tackles by Grayson Beamer and Dillon Rebuck halted two short passes to force a three-and-out.
Louisville retained possession on their own 20 after a touchback with 1:11 to spare. The Leopards offense quickly got to work with a 24 yard screen pass from Jones to Hartline. Jones then connected with Burick for 3 straight completions netting 30 yards and a pair of first downs. As the digits on the clock shrunk, the next two passes fell incomplete bringing up a 3rd-and-10. Out of a timeout, Jones lobbed a pass to the right side of the endzone and Zuppe hauled it in for a 26 yard score with 7.4 seconds left on the clock. The extra point missed and the Leopards took a 13-0 advantage into the break.
The Raiders got themselves back into the game with a 13 play, 63 yard scoring drive to open the second half. South Range overcame a Goard sack on the opening series when Quarterback Isaac Allegretto completed a pass to Stear for a gain of 24 yards on 3rd-and-12. Stear would later run a sweep for 15 yards to convert a 3rd-and-8 and Allegretto converted a 3rd-and-1 to setup goal-to-goal. Allegretto would leap and reach across the goal line for a 1 yard score two plays later. The point after kick was blocked by Zuppe leaving the deficit at 13-6 with 5:35 left to play in the third quarter.
But just as soon as it seemed the game was tightening up, the Leopards ripped it wide open. Jones hit Mathie over the middle and he brushed by a defender and scampered into the endzone for a 41 yard touchdown strike. South Range coughed the ball up on the first play of their next drive when Louisville Linebacker Cam Lingle stripped the ball from behind. Pugh fell on at the Raiders 47 yard line. Jones went over the top on the next play to a wide open Mathie for a 47 yard bomb to make it 27-6. In just 18 seconds of the game time, the Leopards turned a one possession game into a 21-point blowout.
The rain started to fall hard in the second half and neither team would score the rest of the way. The next three drives ended in punts and the final two ended with turnovers. Linebacker Connor Jones recovered a fumble for the Raiders and Defensive Back Daniel Kennedy stepped in front of a pass near the sideline for a Louisville interception with 16 seconds remaining.
The victory guarantees Louisville a non-losing regular season for the 29th consecutive year. This was the first ever meeting between the two foes.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next host the Massillon Tigers on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 PM. Freshman will play at Massillon on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 PM and JV will play at Massillon on Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 AM. JV will also travel to face the South Range Raiders on Saturday, October 13 at 10:00 AM.
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LEOPARDS 27, RAIDERS 6
South Range 0-0-6-0–06
LOUISVILLE – Max Hartline 1 Yard Run (Travis Pape Kick) | LHS 7, SRHS 0, 8:14
9 Plays, 59 Yards
LOUISVILLE – Bryce Zuppe 26 Yards Pass from Colton Jons (Kick Failed) | LHS 13, SRHS, 0:07
7 Plays, 80 Yards
SOUTH RANGE – Isaac Allegretto 1 Yard Run (Kick Blocked) | LHS 13, SRHS 6, 5:35
13 Plays, 63 Yards
LOUISVILLE – Jared Mathie 41 Yard Pass from Colton Jones (Travis Pape Kick) | LHS 20, SRHS 6, 3:35
5 Plays, 63 Yards
LOUISVILLE – Jared Mathie 47 Yard Pass from Colton Jones (Travis Pape Kick) | LHS 27, SRHS 6, 3:18
1 Play, 47 Yards
Records: Louisville 5-3, South Range 4-4
South Range: 14
Louisville: 27 Carries, 103 Yards, 1 TD
South Range: 36 Carries, 112 Yards, 1 TD
Louisville: 18 of 29 for 257 Yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
South Range: 13 of 24 for 129 Yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
South Range: 2/2
South Range: 1/15
3rd Down Conversions:
South Range: 7/15
4th Down Conversions:
South Range: 1/2
Max Hartline 13 Carries, 58 Yards, 1 TD
Nathan Guiley 4 Carries, 23 Yards
Colton Jones: 3 Carries, 18 Yards
Austin Cummings: 6 Carries, 5 Yards
Trent Harold 18 Carries, 51 Yards
Colton Jones 18 of 29 for 257 Yards, 3 TDs, INT
Isaac Allegretto 12 of 23 for 129 Yards, 1 INT
Jared Mathie 8 Catches, 123 Yards, 2 TDs
Davis Burick 4 Catches, 41 Yards
Bryce Zuppe 3 Catches, 46 Yards, 1 TD
Max Hartline 1 Catch, 24 Yards
Ezekiel Changet 1 Catch, 13 Yards
Dom Mongiardo 1 Catch, 10 Yards
Josh Stear 4 Catches, 55 Yards