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Blue Devils challenge Redskins in semifinal

ORRVILLE — Two close finishes led to one of the more unlikely matchups in the OHSAA state semifinals.

The Danville Blue Devils are back for the second time in three years, thanks to a two-point conversion with a minute to play last week. The Cuyahoga Heights Redskins are also in after scoring a game-winning touchdown off a turnover in their game’s final seconds.

The two teams play Friday at Orrville High School for the right to advance to the Division VII championship game. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

“It got pretty exciting,” Danville coach Ed Honabarger said after last Friday’s 29-28 victory over Hannibal River. “They dictated things for most of the game. We got the ball in the end, and a chance.”

Skyler Durbin had one of his best games at quarterback, completing 29 out of 40 passes for 341 yards. But it was his 12-yard touchdown run, followed by a sliding two-point conversion just past the pylon, with 1:02 remaining that won the game.

Durbin brothers have joint goal for Danville

DANVILLE — It has been two years since the last time the Danville Blue Devils gained a berth in the OHSAA Division VII State Football Semifinals. Their 35-21 loss to Mogadore has been a dark cloud which has hung over the team. It has also fueled the Blue Devils’ struggle to get back to the state semifinals and beyond.

The Blue Devils, led by quarterback Skyler Durbin, will get another chance this Friday, when they go to Orrville High School to play Cuyahoga Heights and decide which one of them gets a spot in the state final. Durbin was on that Blue Devils’ team two years ago as a second-stringer. It was his brother, Ridge Durbin, who was calling the signals for Danville in 2015.

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  • Bill Davis/News Hannibal River quarterback Lukas Isaly, right, runs through the tackle attempt by Skyler Durbin, left, and Tyler Mickley during the first quarter of Friday’s Division VII regional final. The Blue Devils won, 29-28.
  • Bill Davis/News Danville players Brice Berger (40), Tyler Mickley (27), Skyler Durbin (10), Trenten Sturgeon (22) and Corbin Hazen (2) celebrate after the final play in Friday’s Division VII regional final over Hannibal River.
  • Bill Davis/ News Danville defenders, from left, Corbin Hazen, Alex Holt, Skyler Durbin and Tyler Mickley attempt to tackle Glouster Trimble’s Conner Wright during the first quarter of Friday’s Division VII regional semifinal at Newark. The Blue Devils won, 27-10.
  • Bill Davis/News Danville senior Tyler Mickley (27) breaks through a group of Trimble tacklers during the first quarter of Friday’s Division VII regional semifinal in Newark. Mickley scored on the play, and the Blue Devils won, 27-10.
  • News file photo Danville’s Corbin Hazen runs for a touchdown in a recent game. The Blue Devils face Glouster Trimble on Friday in the Division VII regional semifinals.
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  • Bill Davis/News Danville’s Dylan Wilson (75) tackles Bishop Rosecrans quarterback Jack Nash for a loss during the second quarter of Friday’s Division VII regional quarterfinal. The Blue Devils won, 35-14.
  • News file photo Danville quarterback Skyler Durbin looks to throw during a recent game. The Blue Devils will make their seventh straight playoff appearance Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Rosecrans.
  • Bill Davis/ News East Knox’s Weston Melick, center, looks to throw during the first half of Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game against Danville. The Blue Devils won, 21-14.
  • Bill Davis/ News Danville quarterback Skyler Durbin (10) tries to escape from the rush of East Knox’s Dawson David (57) and Kasson Krownapple, obscured, during the first half of Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game. The Blue Devils won, 21-14.
  • Geoff Cowles/ News Danville’s Corbin Hazen (2) attempts to elude the grasp of Cardington’s Skyler Streich (60) in Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game. Danville won 41-6.
  • Geoff Cowles/ News Danville receiver Corbin Hazen (2) runs for a touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Skyler Durbin in Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game against Fredericktown. The Blue Devils won, 42-7.
  • Fred Main/News Danville’s Tyler Mickley, right, pulls in a pass in front of Northmor’s Noah Trainer (85) during Friday’s Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference game. Mickley helped lead the Blue Devils to a 41-34 victory over the Knights.
  • Fred Main/News Danville’s Chris Greenawalt (34) tries to hang on to Northmor quarterback Demetrius Johnson during their Knox Morrow Athletic Conference football game Friday at Danville. Johnson was able to get away and rushed for 351 yards on the night, but the Blue Devils held on for a 41-34 victory.
  • Fred Main/News Danville’s Nick Kukich sacks Sciotoville East quarterback Brady Douthat (9) with a little help from Chris Greenawalt during their high school football game Friday at Danville. The Blue Devils cruised to a 42-6 victory.
  • Fred Main/News Danville’s Marshall Stull (8) and Tyler Mickley (27) tackle Sciotoville East’s Mackie Kingery (20) during their high school football game Friday at Danville. The Devils defense allowed just 73 yards to East, rolling to a 42-6 victory.
  • News file photo Danville’s Drew Printz (66) tackles a Sciotoville East ballcarrier during their 2016 Division VII regional quarterfinal game.
  • Joshua Morrison and Bill Davis/News Danville’s Reese Dorsey, left, and Amelia Baldridge, center, as well as Centerburg’s Savannah Gammell, right, are part of a growing trend of female high school football players around the country. They are the only three to play in Knox County.
  • Joshua Morrison and Bill Davis/News Danville’s Reese Dorsey, left, and Amelia Baldridge, center, as well as Centerburg’s Savannah Gammell, right, are part of a growing trend of female high school football players around the country. They are the only three to play in Knox County.
  • Joshua Morrison and Bill Davis/News Danville’s Reese Dorsey, left, and Amelia Baldridge, center, as well as Centerburg’s Savannah Gammell, right, are part of a growing trend of female high school football players around the country. They are the only three to play in Knox County.
  • Bill Davis/News Danville head football coach Ed Honabarger, middle, watches as his offense executes a play during the team’s first official practice on Monday.

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