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Danville 25 - Symmes Valley 12 --- Nov, 19th 2004

Game Recap by Hawk86 - Game Stats bottom of page

LANCASTER- The Region 23 Championship game was a matchup between the #2 seeded 10-1 Willow Wood Symmes Valley Vikings and the #8 seed 10-2 Danville Blue Devils. The field was fully soaked from a persistent rain and the two run-based offenses would have to battle soft footing as they tried to make their cuts. With two excellent aggressive defenses it promised to be a struggle.

Danville received the kickoff and proceeded to earn a first down before punting. Symmes Valley was sent packing on a 3 and out. Danville followed with their own 3 and out. The Vikings hurt themselves with back-to-back penalties before a short punt gave it to Danville at the Symmes Valley 32.

So far this game had been running plays going nowhere and Danville seemed determined to change that. They pitched to their fullback #2 Sr. Kasey Doup who threw the ball to #5 Jr. WR Nick Miller in the endzone. The pass needed to be high to clear a defender, and the perfect spiral was just a little too high and hot for Miller to pull it in. Such a great ball from a fullback is surprising until you realize that Doup spent 2 years as Danville’s starting QB. Danville was faced with 3rd and long when their QB #3 Sr. Randy Clouse rolled out and threw to Doup who snagged the pass with one hand and plowed ahead for a first down. The next play Doup led the sweep to the left and #15 Sr. RB Steve Payne carried the ball to the corner for a touchdown. The PAT snap was high, but #12 So. Tyler McFadden handled it beautifully and #11 So. Mason Pew kicked it through to make the score 7-0 Danville.

Danville was feeling momentum as #3 Randy Clouse came downfield on the kickoff like a missile and ran down the kick returner. On this series the Symmes Valley offense ran an option where the dive back got hit, the QB was quickly forced to pitch and the pitchman was hit immediately for a loss by OLB #25 Lance Smith. It was textbook defense of the option play. The Vikings were forced to throw, but #78 DL Mat Butler was all over the QB to record the sack. After the punt the Blue Devils maintained their momentum earning a first down before a 3rd down pass opened up over the middle and Clouse connected with #33 Sr. RB Nathan Bartok for the second Blue Devil touchdown. The kick was wide and the score was 13-0 Danville.

The Symmes Valley offense was still without a first down and was now facing a 2-touchdown deficit as the second quarter was well underway. The Vikings responded to the challenge and earned a first down before a second down tackle for loss by #25 Lance Smith left the Vikings with a 3rd and 15. They flooded the zone to the right and threw back a screen to the left to a wide-open receiver who rambled to the 2-yard line before Nick Miller took him down. The Vikings got on the scoreboard on the next play and their kick failed to leave the score 13-6.

Symmes Valley forced Danville to punt in 3 plays. The Viking offense got a spark from #4 Cory Burcham who turned a loss into a gain by breaking 5 tackles for an 8 yard gain. From there #78 DL Mat Butler tore up the Viking blockers and Symmes Valley was forced to punt after only 3 plays. After trading 3 and outs again Danville had a few seconds left, but fumbled the ball on the last play of the half. A Symmes Valley defender scooped the ball up and almost wrestled away just 20 yards from a score, but was taken down by Danville to end the half.

The defenses continued to dominate as Symmes Valley was forced to punt on their first drive of the second half. Danville attempted to go to the air a bit, but still with no result and the Devils went 3 and out. The Danville defense continued to eat up the Symmes Valley option play and forced a fumble on the pitch at the Viking 20. The Symmes Valley defense sent the Devils back 4 yards on 4 plays and got the ball back on downs.

With 76 yards to go and their running game completely stymied, Symmes Valley was ready to try the pass again. The same type of throwback screen got them 30 yards to midfield, and then another pass play was perfectly executed for a 50-yard touchdown. The Vikings went for 2 with hopes of grabbing the lead, but were denied leaving the score 13-12 in favor of Danville.

The Danville offense was feeling the pressure of the situation and responded with inspired blocking. #2 FB Kasey Doup threw a big block to open up room to run for a first down. Symmes Valley answered with #55 Jr. LB Matt Owens who seemed unblockable and finished ball carriers with great ferocity. His great play forced a Danville punt, but there was a roughing call on the punt giving Danville a first down. The Danville QB Randy Clouse pitched to FB Kasey Doup who threw back to Clouse for an 8-yard gain. From the 25-yard line Danville ran a counter play out of their Wing-T that Steve Payne took for a touchdown. The kick failed again and Danville led 19-12 as the 3rd quarter ended.

Symmes Valley badly needed to get something going so they went back to the throwback screen yet again and earned a first down. Danville was covering it better each time and the Vikings were forced to punt. #24 Sr. OLB Nick Morton applied big pressure forcing a short punt. The Symmes Valley defense didn’t allow anything from Danville on the good field position. The Danville passing game looked shaky as Clouse struggled to get footing for his passes. Fortunately Clouse was able to get footing for his punts as he consistently got decent punts away.

The Symmes Vally QB took the ball himself on a couple of runs to get the Vikings a first down. The rain started coming down harder, but the Vikings needed to pass. A halfback pass was batted down forcing a Viking punt. Danville took over at the Symmes Valley 49 and kept the ball on the ground to eat up some clock. The counter play produced a first down, and then Kasey Doup powered his way to the 12-yard line for another first down. Two plays later it was first and goal from the 1 and a Kasey Doup touchdown put the Vikings in a desperate position. The 2-point conversion attempt was denied and Danville led 25-12.

With only a couple minutes left the Vikings were forced exclusively to the air and the Danville prevent defense left lots of space for Symmes Valley to work with. They completed short passes and got a draw play to go for some good yardage. A screen pass went nowhere as #25 Lance Smith made another big play. #33 Nathan Bartok came hard off the edge and got a big sack. The Vikings hung in there and got some first downs, but eventually turned it over on downs. A Symmes Valley student ran the track in front of the Danville crowd with their flag proudly waving. It drew cheers from the Danville fans as they showed their appreciation for the effort the Vikings showed on the wet field. Danville kneeled the ball to secure a 25-12 win and their second trip to the final four.

This game was a great defensive battle. Both teams allowed very little on the ground and most offensive production came on creative offensive plays. The Viking defense was full of great tacklers and big hitters. The Danville defensive linemen, #77 Ben White, #72 Brian Cunningham, #78 Mat Butler, and #33 Nathan Bartok stacked up the Symmes Valley wishbone all night long.

Danville advances to the State semi-finals for the second time and will face Dola Hardin Northern who beat New Bremen 22-7. Symmes Valley finishes their best season in history with a 10-2 record while advancing to the Regional Final.

Game Summary - Click HERE

Game Stats:

Rushing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

TD

Long

Kasey Doup

16

62

3.8

1

23

Steve Payne

7

59

8.4

2

25 td

Nathan Bartok

8

0

0

9

Randy Clouse

5

7

1.4

6

Totals

36

128

3

Passing

Player

Att

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

INT

Randy Clouse

3-14

61

20.3

27 td

1

Kasey Doup
1-2
8
8
8

Receiving

Player

Rec

Yards

Avg

Long

TD

Kasey Doup

2

26

13

13

Nathan Bartok

1

27

27

27 td

1

Randy Clouse

1

8

8

8

Totals

4

61

1

Punt Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Nathan Morton

2

17

8.5

9

Randy Clouse
1
1
1

KO Returns

Player

Returns

Yards

Avg

Long

Steve Payne

1

14

14

14

Nathan Morton
1
12
12
12
Lance Smith
1
0
0
0

Punting

Player

#

Yards

Avg

Long

Nick Miller

6

191

31.8

39

Tackles

Player

Solo

Asst

Total

Tackles/Loss

Steve Payne

6

8

14

1 / - 11

Randy Clouse

8
4
12

Kyle Watson

2
10
12

Lance Smith

6
5
11

3 / - 12

Nathan Bartok

8
2
10

1 / - 9

Matt Butler

7
1
8

3/ -15

Kasey Doup

3
4
7

1 / - 2

Brian Cunningham

2
5
7

1 / -10

Ben White

1
5
6

Nick Miller

2
3
5

Nick Morton

2
3
5

Nathan Morton
2
2
4

Robbie Hawkins

0
3
3

Kyle Thorpe

1
0
1

Specials

Player

Sacks

Fumble Recoveries

Forced Fumbles

INT

Matt Butler

1.5

Steve Payne

1

1

Nathan Bartok

1

Brian Cunningham

.5

Kasey Doup

.5

Robbie Hawkins

.5

Nick Morton
1

Final Score Danville 25 - Symmes Valley 12

 

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