Danville routs Bears, 34-7
Saturday, August 31st
DANVILLE — Danville displayed its new spread offense in its season opener against River View on Friday, and five players caught two or more passes in the Blue Devils 34-7 victory.
Danville (1-0) rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries, but threw for 248 yards on 18-of-32 passing. Quarterback Ridge Durbin, a sophomore, threw for three touchdown passes, the first of his career, and two went to Cal Honabarger for the first TDs of his career.
The Blue Devils defense came through again, holding the Black Bears (0-1) to 223 total yards. The visitors ran 45 times for only 136 yards, an average of 3.0 yards per carry, and completed 6-of-15 passes for 87 yards. Danville forced four fumbles and picked up two, and intercepted two passes.
The Blue Devils scored near the end of the first quarter, as Durbin found Austin Morehouse for a 33-yard TD connection. Kenton Mickley’s kick made it 7-0. Danville’s offense continued to push the ball downfield, and with 7:08 to play in the second quarter Durbin pounded in from 3 yards out for another score. Durbin then found Honabarger for a 2-point conversion which left the Blue Devils up, 15-0.
Less than four minutes later, Honabarger hauled in another pass from Durbin, this one from 8 yards out, and Mickley’s kick left Danville up, 22-0. River View finally scored on the Blue Devil defense with less than a minute to play. Brandon Adam rushed for a 24-yard score, and the Black Bears trailed, 22-7, at the half.
Danville ran a possession game with its passing in the third quarter, while its defense blanked River View. Honabarger caught his second touchdown pass, a 10-yarder, with 3:37 left in the third quarter, which left the Blue Devils ahead, 28-7. Danville also scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Morehouse’s 36-yard run finished the scoring.
Morehouse ran just twice for the Blue Devils for 40 yards, and Freddie Hart added four carries for 37 yards. Honabarger finished with six catches for 106 yards, and A.J. Winings and Thomas Hawk grabbed three passes each for 37 and 20 yards, respectively. Zach Wood gained 32 yards on two receptions, and Mickley caught two passes for 20 yards.
Danville will travel to old Mid-Buckeye Conference rival Fredericktown for a 7 p.m. start on Friday.
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