Danville pulls away from Crooksville
Saturday, October 12th
CROOKSVILLE — Danville and Crooksville played a closely-fought first half on Friday night, but the Blue Devils scored a pair of second-half TDs on their way to a 26-6 victory.
Ridge Durbin had more than 300 total yards for Danville (6-1), passing for 277 yards and rushing for 82 more. He led the Blue Devils to 20 first downs and 425 total yards of offense. One negative, Danville turned the ball over four times.
On defense, the Blue Devils held the Ceramics (3-4) to 141 total yard, with 97 of those coming on 7-of-17 passing. Crooksville ran 31 times for just 44 yards, threw two interceptions and lost one fumble.
Durbin got Danville on the board first on a 3-yard run with 7:05 to play in the first quarter. The Ceramics drove downfield later in the period, and with 1:14 left Nate Daniels punched in from 1 yard out to tie the score at 6. The Blue Devils still had time to score, however, and with 14 seconds to play in the period, Durbin hooked up with Austin Morehouse for a 73-yard touchdown pass and a 12-6 lead. Neither team found the end zone again in the half, so the score remained 12-6.
While Danville’s defense was giving Crooksville very little to work with, the Blue Devils offense slowly put together a pair of second-half scoring drives. Durbin scored his second rushing touchdown of the game at the 2:06 mark of the third quarter for a 20-6 edge, and Kenton Mickley hauled in a 16-yard TD toss from Durbin with 2:13 to play in the game.
Morehouse caught five passes for 137 yards for Danville, and Briggs (64 yards) and Cal Honabarger (38 yards) had four receptions apiece. Mickley had two catches for 27 yards.
The Blue Devils will play a tough customer on the road next week, facing Division V No. 7-ranked Loudonville starting at 7 p.m.
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