NEW PHILADELPHIA – Louisville eliminated the Lake Blue Streaks 34-21 in Louisville Stadium last Friday, and the Leopards continued their post season run defeating the Dresden Tri-Valley Scotties at New Philadelphia's Woody Hayes Stadium 22-13 this Friday in a Division II, Region 7 semifinal.
Louisville wasted no time in setting the tone taking its first drive into the end zone. The drive was extended by a pass interference call on third down that set up a first-and-goal. Junior quarterback Neal Seaman connected with Tyler Jones from two-yards out for the score but Tri-Valley blocked the PAT and it was 6-0 with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
Tri-Valley couldn’t get their offense moving and kicked it back to the Leopards. The Scotties defense recorded a sack of Seaman on a third down to set up a fourth-and-six from the 28, but the junior snap caller scrambled right and found Tyler Adkins in the right corner of the end zone for his second TD pass. Louisville executed a pass off the reverse and Bob Swigert tossed the pigskin to Brandon Mathie giving the Leopards a 14-0 lead as the first quarter came to a close.
Tri-Valley’s spread offense, steered by quarterback Cameron West took the first snap of the second quarter and hit Wade Warner for a 67-yard touchdown
“We gave them a cheap touchdown but they have play makers,” said Louisville head coach Paul Farrah, “Defensively, we are going to be in our five man front and we are coming after you, and we are going to give up some big plays.”
The Leopards next drive was halted by the Scotties defensive end Adam Bice’s interception at the Louisville 19 yard line.
The momentum was with Tri-Valley as they were in the red zone and looking to tie, but the Leopard defense responded, blitzing West and forcing a tipped pass that Mathie picked to negate the effort.
The Leopard’s next drive featured more deception by coach Farrah as Mathie took the snap on a fake punt pushing forward for 2 yards to convert on 4th-and-1 at their own 43.
The drive covered 78 yards culminating in a Marcus Poyser 3 yard run. Farrah opted for more trickeration on the conversion play as holder Bobby Swigert picked up the snap and rolled right into the end zone to put Louisville up 22-7 with 6:30 left in the first half.
The Scotties moved the ball through the air and back into the Louisville red zone.
After a first and ten on the 13, the Leopards defense came up with and incomplete pass and two consecutive sacks to push Tri-Valley back to a fourth-and-nineteen from the 22. West tossed it into the endzone but Swigert won the jump ball with Scottie’s wide out Wade Warner.
The Leopards had 197 passing yards in the first half and just 27 on the ground. Defensively, they held Tri-Valley to 134 yards passing and 0 rushing yards.
Louisville’s defense held the lead for the offense in the second half. Tri-Valley came out following the break and took the opening drive to the Leopard’s 11 yard line, but again came away empty as West’s pass on fourth down fell incomplete.
Bice came up big again for the Dawgs on the next drive sacking Seaman to force a Louisville punt. Tri-Valley again drove into Leopard territory but Swigert intercepted West in the endzone to send them away empty handed a second time.
Warner exacted revenge on the opening drive of the fourth quarter as he made a perfect read on a Seaman pass and took the interception 62 yards for a touchdown.
Swigert blocked the PAT to keep it 22-13.
“We give up the interception, he runs it back, but we block the kick, which was huge,” said Farrah, “That still keeps it a two score game.”
Warner came up with his second pick on the next drive to give the Dawgs another scoring opportunity. Starting from the Leopards 30 yard line with 5:11 to play the drive went no where. Louisville’s defense handed the ball back to the offense leaving the Scotties down two scores with no time outs.
“I think the biggest thing is that we scored 22 points in the first half,” Farrah remarked, “We made the big plays when they counted.”
Tri-Valley held Louisville scoreless in the second half and allowed just 78 rushing yards. Seaman completed 21 of 33 passes for 242 yards.
West was 14 of 33 passing for 229 yards. Louisville held Tri-Valley to 25 yards rushing on 14 carries.