DANVILLE — The Danville Blue Devils almost made a comeback victory against the Worthington Christian Warriors on Friday night. The Warriors were able to stem the tide of a Blue Devils’ comeback and won the game 33-26.
The first touchdown of the game came with 1:58 left in the first quarter. Lucas Hartings threw a touchdown pass to D.J. Moore for a Warriors touchdown. The score came after a costly off-sides penalty on Danville that would have otherwise led to a Warriors fourth-down and a possible punting situation.
Another Warrior touchdown came in the second quarter, with Hartings running it in for a quarter-back sneak touchdown. The run was a two-yarder and brought the score to a 13-0 lead for the Warriors who ended up missing the extra point.
The first Danville touchdown of the game also came in the second quarter after a botched punt attempt by Worthington Christian. There was a high snap at the 12-yard line that was recovered by Worthington Christian, but that ultimately gave Danville ideal field position. The touchdown came with 6:58 left in the game and was the result of a touchdown pass by Charlie Cook.
Before the lightning delay that occurred during halftime of the game, the Warriors scored off of a 25-yard pass from Hartings to Jake Thompson after two costly Danville penalties. This phenomenal touchdown pass increased the Warriors lead to 19-6.
In the third quarter, Danville got a crucial first down at the 13-yard line after going for it on fourth down. This courageous play led to an Alex Holt one-yard touchdown run that brought the score to 19-12 with Danville making a spirited come-back. The touchdown occurred with 0:26 left in the quarter and ended with a two-point conversion that was no good.
The Danville comeback continued in the fourth quarter after another dropped punt on the part of the Warriors’ kicker. The dropped ball was recovered at the 36-yard line. This led to an 11-yard touchdown run by Cook, closing the gap to 19-18.
The Blue Devils converted on fourth down with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter after a Cook pass. This conversion led to a running touchdown by Holt. After a successful two-point conversion, Danville led 26-19.
The Warriors ended up tying the game at 26-26 in very exciting fashion with a four-yard touchdown run by Hartings with 5 minutes left to go in the fourth quarter.
After a crucial fourth-down conversion, Hartings ran the football into the end-zone for a game-winning touchdown with 8 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
With a close loss at home, the Danville Blue Devils still think that they played well to defend their home turf.
“We played hard,” said Danville coach Ed Honabarger. “We are fortunate that we played so hard and were able to come back and we had some nice momentum even though we lost there at the end. The kids showed heart and that they still had fight in them.”
The Danville Blue Devils play their next game against the Mount Gilead Indians on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
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