Redbirds roll past Blue Devils, 39-14
Saturday, October 19th
LOUDONVILLE — One loss against zero losses. No. 11 rank versus No. 5 rank. Friday’s Danville-Loudonville game had the makings of a good one. The Redbirds, however, didn’t see it that way, dominating play for a 39-14 Mid-Buckeye Conference win.
Loudonville (8-0) quarterback Kolton Edmondson was Mr. Do-Everything for the Redbirds, rushing 32 times for 348 yards and four touchdowns. He simply got better as the game progressed, taking advantage of a tiring Blue Devils (6-2) defense for TD runs of 58 and 86 yards after a pair of 1-yarders in the first quarter.
His counterpart, Ridge Durbin, was 24-of-42 for 296 yards and two touchdowns, one each in the first and fourth quarters. Danville passed more than twice as much as it ran, managing 85 yards on 19 carries. Durbin had 76 of those yards on 16 carries.
Edmondson scored less than three minutes into the game (9:38) on his first 1-yard TD run, and Tucker Bender made it 7-0 with his extra point. The Blue Devils showed their ability for the quick score with 8:43 to play in the period, as Durbin and Greg Briggs hooked up for a 74-yard TD and a 7-6 score. Loudonville got another 1-yarder from Edmondson with 3:25 left in the quarter, and led 14-6.
Danville and the Redbirds played a stalemated second quarter for 11:16, but then Edmondson came through for Loudonville again. He took off from his own 42 yard line and raced 58 yards for a score with 44 seconds to go in the first half. His 2-point run put the Redbirds up, 22-6, at the half.
Early in the third quarter, Ryan Weber increased Loudonville’s lead to 29-6 with a 52-yard run with 9:20 to play. The Blue Devils had chances to get back in the game in the period, but the Redbirds thwarted them all. Bender boosted Loudonville even further with a 40-yard field goal with 3:44 to play in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Edmondson put the exclamation point on the victory with an 86-yard run just seconds into the period for a 39-6 advantage. The only other score for Danville was a 15-yard pass from Durbin to Kenton Mickley with 1:17 to play.
Edmondson completed 3-of-7 passes for 22 yards, and Weber added 16 carries for 112 yards. Briggs caught 8 passes for 150 yards for the Blue Devils, and Mickley had five catches for 48 yards. Austin Morehouse (30 yards) and Cal Honabarger (28 yards) had three receptions each.
Danville will host its final two games of the season, beginning with Friday’s matchup with Lucas starting at 7 p.m.
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