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Danville 35 - Frontier 7 --- Nov, 5th 2004

Game Recap by Hawk86 - Game Stats bottom of page

NEW MATTAMORAS – Well, not exactly in New Matamoras. The game was held at Frontier High School south of New Matamoras. On their nicely-crowned field down the hill by the river. So close to the river in fact that the river took over that real estate during week 3 of the season and 5 feet of water covered the gridiron. Thus the Frontier Cougars were 9-0 instead of playing the typical 10 games.

Frontier entered the game as the #1 seed in Region 23 and held a #3 state ranking in the ONN Power Poll. The Columbus Dispatch picked them to advance to the final game in Division 6. They had well deserved respect with their 3rd straight playoff appearance and their first home playoff game. This community had the signage up along Rt. 7 and the team was ready for action.

Danville entered the game with an 8-2 record and a #8 seed in the region. Two losses to powerful D5 MBC opponents denied them the playoff points they needed for good seeding. Only a final week win by Woodsfield Monroe Central over Beallsville gave Danville the opportunity for post-season play.

The weather was cool and the field was dry as Danville kicked off to start the game. Frontier moved the ball with a mix of rushing by their all-time leading rusher #4 Jake Amos and passing to 6’6” Sr. #11 Daun Lutes (9 TDs on the season) and efficiently advanced to the red zone on the shell-shocked Danville defense. Challenged early, the Danville defense responded with a defensive stand and took over on downs at their own 10-yard line.

The Danville offense handed the ball repeatedly to #2 Sr. FB Kasey Doup with a determination to establish the run. Some seriously tough defenders like Frontier’s #2 Sr. Anthony Mossberg had other ideas as he came up and laid lumber on the blockers and ballcarriers. However the Danville line was blowing holes bigger than the Devils had seen for a month, the Devil offense hammered their way to the red zone before finishing with a pass from #3 Sr. QB Randy Clouse to #5 Jr. WR Nick Miller. The PAT made it 7-0.

After a couple 1st downs and a Frontier punt, Danville continued their dominance in the trenches and powered through the Frontier resistance to make the 14-0 statement that they felt their team was under appreciated as a #8 seed. After another Frontier punt and some tough defense from the Cougars, Danville was faced with a 3rd and long at mid-field. Another Randy Clouse pass to Nick Miller solved that problem as Miller took the play all the way for a touchdown.

Shortly thereafter Danville OLB #25 Lance Smith intercepted a Frontier pass and broke tackles as he weaved his way down the sideline to the endzone putting Danville in the commanding position leading 28-0.

Just before the half, Frontier showed why they are 9-0 as they fought through their desperate situation. Senior QB Anthony Mossberg put together a confident, tough and determined drive. Using mostly running plays they advanced to point blank range where their Sr. Fullback #40 Danny Reed finished the job with only 17 seconds remaining in the half. Halftime score Danville 28 Frontier 7.

The second half began with Danville receiving the kickoff and selfishly eating 8 minutes off the clock as they earned yards mostly in small bites. After a holding penalty and a nice defensive play by Frontier’s #7 Sr. Heath Greenwood, Danville was faced with 2nd and 20. A pass from Clouse to Doup was tipped in the air, but #28 Sr. TE Kyle Thorpe was there to snatch it and deliver an 18-yard gain. They converted 4th downs twice in Cougar territory before fumbling the ball away at the 12-yard line. Even though Danville did not score, this drive was very damaging to the Frontier hopes for a turnaround.

The Cougars were forced to the air and their desperation began to show. Mossberg was under heavy pressure as he threw a pass that was intercepted by Danville’s #53 Jr. LB Kyle Watson. Danville moved the ball down to within inches of a touchdown, but was denied on a QB sneak on 4th down. The Cougars were unable to get a first down from there as #7 So. DB Nathan Morton made a great defensive play on a pass intended for 6’6” #11 Daun Lutes. Morton was giving up almost a foot in height, and certainly more than that in reach, but he got the job done for the Devils. After the punt from the endzone, Danville powered the ball in for the final touchdown.

Danville’s Nick Miller made a great athletic play for Danville’s 3rd interception of the night as the last Frontier effort was snuffed out on their first play. Danville ran the ball from mid-field earning more yardage and first downs before taking a knee inside the Frontier 10-yard line. Final score Danville 35 Frontier 7.

Danville did most of their scoring in the first half, but actually dominated the second half even more than the first. The Cougars only totaled 16 yards of offense in the second half. Danville got over 100 yards rushing from Kasey Doup, and the passing game was extremely effective in this one with Clouse throwing 2 touchdown passes.

Frontier had some very tough guys who were absolutely not afraid to take on the Danville power game. Despite the Blue Devil dominance on the scoreboard and the fact that they never punted, Frontier made them pay a price for every yard. These teams seemed matched pretty well on team speed, but Danville’s miss-direction running plays seemed to be well-blocked and worked well for the most part. The Frontier attention to the Danville running attack, opened things up for WR Nick Miller who took full advantage catching 2 touchdown passes. Danville won the turnover battle, which contributed greatly to the lopsided nature of the score.

Danville will play Lancaster Fisher Catholic in second-round playoff action next week. The other game in Region 23 next week will feature Newark Catholic against Symmes Valley. The winners will play the following week to determine the R23 representative to the final four.

Game Stats

Rushing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

TD

Long

Kasey Doup

22

113

5.1

1

31

Nathan Bartok

9

85

9.4

1

40

Steve Payne

15

62

4

13

Randy Clouse

7

14

2

9

Totals
53
274
2

Passing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

INT

Randy Clouse

6-7

128

21.3

56 TD

2

0

Receiving

Player

Rec

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

Nick Miller

2

65

32.5

56 TD

2

Nathan Bartok

1

23

23

23

Kyle Thorpe

1

19

19

19

Steve Payne
1
18
18
18

Kasey Doup

1

2

2

2

Totals
6
128
2

KO Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Nathan Bartok

1

15

15

15

Steve Payne
1
7
7
7

Tackles

Player

Solo

Asst

Total

Tackles/Loss

Kyle Watson

4

8

12

1 / -1

Kasey Doup

7
4
11

Steve Payne

6
5
11

Lance Smith

5
3
8

Brian Cunningham

4
3
7
2 / -4

Nathan Bartok

2
2
4
1 / -1

Nick Miller

3
1
4

Ben White

1
3
4

Randy Clouse

2
1
3

Matt Butler

1
2
3

Nathan Morton

2
1
3

Kenny Mizer

0
2
2

Robbie Hawkins

1
1
2

Brennen Tucker

0
1
1

Specials

Player

Sacks

Fumble Recoveries

Forced Fumbles

INT

Brian Cunningham

1

1

Kyle Watson

1

1

Kasey Doup

1

Lance Smith

1 TD

Nick MIller
1

 

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