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Danville 7 - Fisher Catholic 6 --- Nov, 12th 2004

Game Recap by Hawk86 - Game Stats bottom of page

NEWARK – It was a cold and windy night at White Field as the #8 seed Danville Blue Devils put their 9-2 record up against the 8-3 #5 seed Lancaster Fisher Catholic Irish. The Irish were riding the wave of a 6 game winning streak and a 34-0 first round playoff blowout over Glouster Trimble. Danville was hoping to continue their momentum after thumping the top seed 35-7 last week at Frontier. Despite a high ankle sprain that kept him out of practice all week, Sr. FB #2 Kasey Doup was in uniform, but replaced on the defensive side by Sr. Nick Morton who has recovered from his week 3 broken leg.

Fisher took the opening kickoff and immediately set out to establish the ground game with their talented fullback #44 Sr. Ben Kasson. He broke loose for a big gain, and then earned another first down going straight ahead into the teeth of the Danville defense. The Irish went to the air to change things up, but the Danville Safety #5 Jr. Nick Miller was there to make an interception and the Danville had the first of many takeaways.

Danville moved the ball to the Fisher 28 on a pass to #15 Sr. RB Steve Payne, but from there the Danville offense went backwards and were forced to punt. The first play from Fisher was fumbled and Danville was handed a golden opportunity. A run down to the 9 yard line gave them first and goal, but 3 plays later they were lining up for a 26 yard field goal that was low and wide and Danville was denied by the aggressive Fisher defense again. Fisher fared no better as Danville sent them 3 and out as the first quarter came to a close.

The Danville offense stumbled then fumbled the ball away on 3rd down. Fisher had some success offensively as they got a pass completion for 8 yards followed by a run from Kasson for 8 yards. The Danville defense stopped them from there and forced a punt.

The offensive rhythm for Danville didn’t exist as they recovered their own fumble on first down, had a broken play on second down, then gave up a sack on 3rd down. After their punt Danville didn’t allow any progress from Fisher and forced another punt from the Irish. The half ended with Danville in possession and the score 0-0.

Danville took the opening kickoff and it looked like more of the same as Danville was facing 3rd and long. Danville’s #3 Sr. QB Randy Clouse lofted the ball downfield toward a streaking #33 Sr. RB Nathan Bartok. The ball was well on its downward arc before Bartok turned his head, made a quick adjustment to the ball, and snatched it out of the air for a 38 yard gain to the Fisher 26 yard line. The play finally changed the futile nature of the game and got the Danville offense fired up. From there Danville powered the ball on the ground down to a first and goal from the 1-yard line. A run, a dropped pass, and another run left them with 4th and goal with a half yard to go. The coach called a rollout flood pass, but the offensive linemen convinced the QB to sneak it across. Luckily for those senior linemen, their play was successful and after the PAT it was 7-0 Danville.

Fisher seemed determined to answer the score as their Fullback #44 Ben Kasson broke free for a 41 yard gain to the Danville 33 yard line. #78 Sr. DL Mat Butler took over from there and closed down the Fisher threat by sacking the Fisher quarterback on back-to-back plays. His second sack on 4th down was a textbook bull rush as he drove his blocker right back into the QB and took them both down. Danville took over on their 41-yard line, but threw a long interception on their first play.

Fisher suffered a blow as their fullback Kasson was tackled hard into the dirt and injured his shoulder. After a Fisher punt Danville was backed up deep as the 3rd quarter ended. On 3rd down they attempted a pass that was intercepted and returned to the Danville 21-yard line. Fisher desperately needed to take advantage of this opportunity. They got to the 8 yard line on a quarterback scramble, then from 3 yards away they threw a pass to a wide open #28 Jr. Pat Turner who bobbled it once, then bobbled it twice, then secured it for a score. The all-important extra point was kicked low and blocked by #15 Steve Payne. The score was now Danville 7 and Fisher 6.

The Fisher kickoff was returned to the 45 yard line by #33 Nathan Bartok. Danville seemed determined to eat up clock and hold on to the ball. A key play was a power run from #2 Sr. FB Kasey Doup who stayed on his feet and carried the pile for another 3 yards earning a huge first down for Danville. That was followed by a sweep around left end for another first down to the Fisher 30 by #15 Sr. RB Steve Payne as the clock ticked down to 5 minutes remaining.

Then this 5-turnover game got even uglier. Danville fumbled it away at the 21. Fisher fumbled it back on the first play. Danville fumbled it right back again on their first play and Fisher had life with 79 yards to go. The Irish attempted a double-pass as they threw to the wide out who launched a pass to a wide, wide open receiver who couldn’t make the over the shoulder grab that almost certainly would have gone the distance. Facing a 4th and 5 from their own 25 Fisher attempted a fake punt that was not successful.

From there it was mostly Danville trying to run out the clock. They faced a 4th and 3 at the 20 inside a minute to play, which they converted to end the game and win 7-6.

There were 8 turnovers in this game. 4 for each team. It wasn’t smooth, it wasn’t pretty, but it was a battle of will, determination, and defense. Danville had more opportunities to score, missed a short field goal, and finished the game in the Fisher red zone. Overall Danville was fortunate to overcome the mistakes and get a win. Fisher played great defense by disrupting the Danville Wing-T and pressuring the passer. The injury to Kasson late in the game greatly hurt their chances and it was a frustrating end to such a great late season run for Fisher Catholic.

Next week Danville will advance to face Willow Wood Symmes Valley who beat Newark Catholic 16-3.

Game Stats:

Rushing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

TD

Long

Kasey Doup

22

70

3.18

14

Steve Payne

9

51

5.6

15

Nathan Bartok

8

18

2.25

8

Randy Clouse

6

-6

-1

1

3

Totals

45

133

1

Passing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

INT

Randy Clouse

3-10

41

13.7

36

2

Receiving

Player

Rec

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

Nathan Bartok

1

36

36

36

 

Steve Payne

2

5

2.5

10

Totals

3

41

 

 

Punt Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Randy Clouse

1

20

20

20

KO Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Nathan Bartok

1

31

31

31

Randy Clouse
1
35
35
35

Punting

Player

#

Yards

Avg

Long

Randy Clouse

2

53

27.5

37

Tackles

Player

Solo

Asst

Total

Tackles/Loss

Kyle Watson

7

10

17

Steve Payne

11

5

15

Brian Cunningham

4

8

12

Nick Morton

5

7

12

1 / -1

Lance Smith

6

5

11

1 / -2

Matt Butler

5

5

10

3/ -16

Ben White

2

8

10

Randy Clouse

4

2

6

Nathan Bartok

2

3

5

Nick Miller

2

1

3

Nathan Morton

1

1

2

Brennan Tucker

0

1

1

Specials

Player

Sacks

Fumble Recoveries

Forced Fumbles

INT

Nick Morton

1

1

Lance Smith

1

1

Matt Butler

2

Randy Clouse

1

Nick Miller

1

Steve Payne

Blocked Extra Point

Final Score Danville 7 - Fisher Catholic 6

 

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