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Danville 0 - Dola Hardin Northern 35 --- Nov, 26th 2004

Game Recap by Hawk86 - Game Stats bottom of page

LEWIS CENTER- This D6 Final Four match up between the 11-2 Danville Blue Devils and 12-1 Dola Hardin Northern Polar Bears promised to be a head-on collision as both teams featured a power running game. The field was well drained at the Olentagy Braves field and the weather was cold and windy.

Danville received the opening kick and returned it to the 25-yard line. The Danville attack looked good out of the gate getting 5 yards a crack and earning two first downs before fumbling it away at the HN 40. The Bears running attack was stifled on two plays leaving them with 3rd and 8. The Hardin Northern QB #7 Justin Crossman dropped back to pass and delivered a perfect pass downfield to #88 TE Damien Plaugher who was taken down at the 7 yard line. #32 FB Michael Ridgeway finished it from there with a touchdown run. The PAT was good and the score was 7-0.

Danville returned the kick to the 33 and a pass to #15 RB Steve Payne earned Danville a first down. A penalty put Danville back to 1st and 15 and a quick sack left them with 3rd and 20. Danville was forced to punt and HN took over at their own 24. The Bears had little success running up the middle, but ran off tackle time and time again. They earned a 3-play first down, and then another 3-play first down. They were moving the ball in small bites until the Hardin Northern Quarterback scrambled for a nice gain before being brought down by Danville’s Sr. LB #15 Steve Payne. Payne, the Danville defensive captain and lynchpin blocker and runner on offense, was injured on the play. This was a critical loss for the Blue Devil team. Payne would not return in the first half and would attempt to play defense only but was severely hobbled in the second half.

Hardin Northern took immediate advantage by sending their big tight end out into the linebacker’s coverage area and Crossman hit Plaugher with another perfect toss. Plaugher powered his way to the 1-yard line before being brought down. Michael Ridgeway finished from there and the score was 14-0.

Danville’s #33 Nathan Bartok returned the kickoff to the 40 and the Danville offense looked to get back in the game. Another penalty set them back immediately and an option play to the left was pitched, but there was nobody there. Steve Payne would normally be the pitchman there, but without him in the game the timing and spacing was off and the ball was on the ground. Hardin Northern recovered to take their second turnover on the Danville 32.

The Bears earned a first down running the ball before turning it over themselves on the Danville 10. Danville ran the ball straight ahead with #2 FB Kasey Doup and #33 Nathan Bartok to earn a first down. Then they hit a pass to Bartok to get to midfield, but were forced to punt after that.

The Danville defense shuffled personnel around placing Kasey Doup at inside linebacker to confront the Bear running game. The Bears were forced into a 3rd and 6, but Crossman’s hard count drew Danville offsides. Then a couple plays later it was 3rd and short when another hard count drew Danville off yet again. This self-destructive defensive series finally caught a break when #5 Nick Miller picked off a second down pass thrown by Crossman to get the ball back for Danville with a few minutes remaining in the half.

Down 14-0 Danville desperately needed some momentum. A sweep to the right gained good yards, but a downfield pass on second down was dropped. A third down pass was also dropped and Danville had to punt. The chance to take back some momentum was there, but the Blue Devils let it slip through their hands. Halftime score 14-0.

Hardin Northern got the ball to start the second half and were quickly facing 3rd down. For the 3rd time in the game Danville was drawn offsides by the hard count allowing the Bears easy 3rd down conversions. They took advantage of the chance on their next 3rd down at midfield when Crossman hit his wide receiver who slipped down the sideline for a touchdown to make the score 21-0.

Danville kept fighting on offense. After a 2nd down sack took them back 8 yards, Kasey Doup ran for 15 to get a first down. Another sack put the Devils in a hole again and then #3 QB Randy Clouse rolled out to pass and was hit on the arm as he threw to force the punt. HN took over on their own 27, but Danville forced a 3 and out. With the wind at their back the Bears punted and it sailed over the heads of the returners and went into the endzone for a 65-yard punt.

Danville was opening the offense up a bit as their situation was becoming more desperate. The passes were pressured and weren’t finding their targets and Danville went 3 and out. The punt only went out to the 50 where Hardin Northern went back to their small bites offense and earned a 3-play first down. The 3rd quarter ended as the Bears ground out another 3-play firstdown.

The Danville defense had Steve Payne back in the game, but his injury had robbed him of his sideline-to-sideline range and his ability to drop back in pass coverage. Now the defense suffered another critical blow as #77 DL Ben White went down with a knee injury. Danville had learned in week 8 how important White was to the run defense, and with Payne hobbled and White out, the Blue Devil hopes were dim.

Hardin Northern came right at the weakened front and #45 RB Wyatt Thames took it 25 yards for the touchdown making the score 28-0. Danville was desperately trying to get something going but their only good play was blown up by an uncalled pass interference.

The game wound down with Danville desperately attempting to hit big plays and the Bears adding another score after which all the Sophomores and Freshman got to get in the game and experience playing in a state semi-final. Final score Hardin Northern 35 Danville 0.

This game overall was one where the things that could go wrong for Danville did go wrong. The Blue Devils never got any momentum and their efforts were halted by turnovers, penalties, injuries and giving up big plays. Hardin Northern had a reputation as a big, bruising, run you over type team, but Danville was soundly beaten by passes and their own mistakes. Hardin did a good job of controlling the ball and consuming clock, but the real damage they inflicted was from excellent passing from Jr. QB Justin Crossman. The Danville rushing game looked good, but penalties put them in holes and turnovers killed their best efforts. It just wasn’t their night.

The Danville season ends with an 11-3 record and their second state tournament appearance. The senior class ends their careers after appearing in an astounding 10 playoff games over the last 4 years.

Dola Hardin Northern advances to the D6 State Title game to face Norwalk St. Paul next Friday.

Game Stats:

Rushing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

TD

Long

Kasey Doup

10

45

4.5

15

Nathan Bartok

6

25

4.2

8

Steve Payne

1

7

7

7

Randy Clouse

9

-17

-1.9

8

Lance Smith

1

2

2

2

Brennan Tucker
1
3
3
3

Totals

28

65

Passing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

INT

Randy Clouse

3-11

48

16

25

 

Receiving

Player

Rec

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

Natan Bartok

1

25

25

25

 

Nick Miller

1

5

5

5

 

Steve Payne

1

18

18

18

Totals

3

48

 

 

KO Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Randy Clouse

2

48

24

25

Kasey Doup
1
20
20
20
Nathan Bartok
1
22
22
22
Nathan Morton
2
28
14
17

Punting

Player

#

Yards

Avg

Long

Randy Clouse

6

226

37.8

50

Tackles

Player

Solo

Asst

Total

Tackles/Loss

Kyle Watson

6
7
13

Kasey Doup

4
8
12

Randy Clouse

8
3
11

Steve Payne

6
2
8
1/ -1

Matt Butler

3
5
8

Lance Smith

3
5
8

Nick Morton

3
4
7

Brian Cunningham

3
3
6

Ben White

1
4
5
1/ -1

Nick Miller

4
0
4

Braxton Baldridge

1
2
3

Nathan Bartok

1
2
3

Nathan Morton

1
2
3

Eric Mickley

0
2
2

Matt Payne

0
2
2

Robbie Hawkins

1
1
2

Logan Snell

2
0
2

Josh Banbury

1
0
1

Donnie Endsley

0
1
1

Matt Finnell

0
1
1

Casey Hammons

0
1
1

Will Durbin

1
0
1
1/ -1

Nathan Loney

0
1
1

Tyler McFadden

1
0
1
Seth Sapp
0
1
1
Taylor Smith
1
0
1
Tyler Smith
1
0
1
1/ -2
BT Staats
0
1
1
Nate Staats
0
1
1

Specials

Player

Sacks

Fumble Recoveries

Forced Fumbles

INT

Nick Miller

 

 

1

Nathan Bartok

1

 

 

Final Score Danville 0 - Dola Hardin Northern 35

 

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