West Branch Warriors at Louisville Leopards 2002 Football Highlights
Louisville 29, West Branch 12
The Louisville defense shutout visiting West Branch until the fourth quarter during a 29-12 victory back on September 27, 2002.
“Our kids just keep playing hard,” Leopard Head Coach Paul Farrah said of his team. “They want more.”
Louisville’s defense held West Branch to only 117 yards through the first three quarters. They also recorded 5 sacks, had 3 other tackles for losses, and recovered 4 fumbles during a dominating performance. Adam Burris led the attack with a sack, tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery.
The Warriors botched three punts in the opening half setting up three Leopard scoring drives that
started at the West Branch 25, 2, and 38. Louisville Quarterback Gary Whaley threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Huston Hinkle for the first score and a 20 yard touchdown pass to Mike Batdorff for the second score. Batdorff was the leading receiver on the night with 5 catches for 70 yards and Hinkle also made 2 receptions for 42 yards.
After the final botched punt, Brian Potts added a 25 yard field goal with 1:09 left in the second quarter. The Warriors responded by driving to the Leopards 8 just before halftime. However, they fumbled the ball away with 21 seconds left, which left the score 16-0 Louisville.
Whaley continued to roll in the third quarter when he found Justin Boudler for a 10 yard touchdown strike. To go along with his three touchdown passes, Whaley finished 13 of 22 for 168 yards.
Runningback Curtis Elsass also scored on a 3 yard touchdown run. This score gave the Leopards a 29-0 cushion early on in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors would find the endzone twice in the final quarter, but it would not be nearly enough. Josh Davis scored on a 6 yard run for their first touchdown and Nate Greenawalt found Josh Venables for a 7 yard touchdown pass after that.
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West Branch 0-0-0-12–12
Louisville – Huston Hinkle 23 Yard Pass from Gary Whaley (Brian Potts Kick), 7-0
Louisville – Mike Batdorff 20 Yard Pass from Gary Whaley (Kick Failed), 13-0
Louisville – Brian Potts 25 Yard Field Goal, 16-0
Louisville – Justin Boudler 10 Yard Pass from Gary Whaley (Brian Potts Kick), 23-0
Louisville – Curtis Elsass 3 Yard Run (Kick Failed), 29-0
West Branch – Josh Davis 6 Yard Run (Pass Failed), 29-6
West Branch – Josh Venables 7 Yard Pass from Nate Greenawalt (Run Failed), 29-12
Rushing: West Branch 24-73, Louisville 41-99
Passing: West Branch 13-27-202-0, Louisville 13-22-168-1
First Downs: West Branch 14, Louisville 17
Fumbles-Lost: West Branch 4-4, Louisville 4-3
Records: West Branch 4-2, 3-1; Louisville 6-0, 3-0