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ZANESVILLE — For about three seconds, there was no signal.

Danville quarterback Skyler Durbin dove toward the goal line, reaching out with his left hand to make sure the ball broke the plane. Everyone on the Danville bench began to celebrate, except for the coaches.

“We were waiting for a signal,” Danville head coach Ed Honabarger said. “None of the officials threw their arms in the air.”

  • 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 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.

Finally, the side judge did. Durbin’s successful two-point conversion with 1:02 remaining on the clock clinched the Blue Devils’ fourth regional championship, 29-28, over the Hannibal River Pilots on Friday.

The two teams had traded blows back and forth like a pair of heavyweight champions. Danville, however, never held the lead, as River answered every score with a score of its own.

Finally, when Durbin scored on a 12-yard carry with just over a minute left, Honabarger decided to go for broke.


Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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