Blue Devils challenge Redskins in semifinal
ORRVILLE — Two close finishes led to one of the more unlikely matchups in the OHSAA state semifinals.
The Danville Blue Devils are back for the second time in three years, thanks to a two-point conversion with a minute to play last week. The Cuyahoga Heights Redskins are also in after scoring a game-winning touchdown off a turnover in their game’s final seconds.
The two teams play Friday at Orrville High School for the right to advance to the Division VII championship game. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
“It got pretty exciting,” Danville coach Ed Honabarger said after last Friday’s 29-28 victory over Hannibal River. “They dictated things for most of the game. We got the ball in the end, and a chance.”
Skyler Durbin had one of his best games at quarterback, completing 29 out of 40 passes for 341 yards. But it was his 12-yard touchdown run, followed by a sliding two-point conversion just past the pylon, with 1:02 remaining that won the game.
Durbin brothers have joint goal for Danville
DANVILLE — It has been two years since the last time the Danville Blue Devils gained a berth in the OHSAA Division VII State Football Semifinals. Their 35-21 loss to Mogadore has been a dark cloud which has hung over the team. It has also fueled the Blue Devils’ struggle to get back to the state semifinals and beyond.
The Blue Devils, led by quarterback Skyler Durbin, will get another chance this Friday, when they go to Orrville High School to play Cuyahoga Heights and decide which one of them gets a spot in the state final. Durbin was on that Blue Devils’ team two years ago as a second-stringer. It was his brother, Ridge Durbin, who was calling the signals for Danville in 2015.