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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.”
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.