DANVILLE — The Danville varsity football team picked a very nice (but also very cold) night to get its first win of the season. The Blue Devils knocked off the Cardington-Lincoln Pirates, 24-21, on Homecoming night for the Danville Blue-Devils.
“It’s nice to get the monkey off our back,” said Danville coach Ed Honabarger. “We obviously struggled for the first five games and tonight we still made some mistakes, but we were able to overcome them and make some plays when we had to; which is good to see because it shows that our kids are maturing and being able to step up and make a play when the going is tight. Overall, we are going to take this win.”
The game started off on the wrong foot for the Blue Devils in the first quarter when the Pirates intercepted a pass from Charlie Cook on the first play of the game. The Pirates were unable to score after this turnover, though. On a separate drive shortly thereafter, Danville had another mistake when it had a roughing-the-passer penalty that set up a Cardington touchdown. The touchdown, a two-yard quarterback sneak by Nate Hickman, happened with 6:58 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was answered by the Blue Devils with 1:20 seconds left in the first quarter by Alex Holt. The score was tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Danville scored on an astounding 56-yard pass from Cook to Holt. The touchdown happened with 9:04 seconds to go in the second quarter and made the score 14-7. This touchdown was shortly followed by a safety that occurred after a fumbled snap during an attempted Cardington punt. Another turnover occurred when Cardington’s Zach Lester picked off Cook. This turnover set up a Cardington touchdown drive. The touchdown was a quarterback sneak by Hickman of the Pirates with 42 seconds left in the half and made it a close game, 16-14.
The only touchdown of the third quarter came on a Holt 2-yard run with 6:28 left to go in the quarter. The Blue Devils went for two and made the score 24-14.
The Pirates had a near story-book comeback against the Blue Devils with a touchdown after a fumble recovery with 9:51 left in the game. The touchdown came from a 28 yard run by Ayden Plowman. Cardington’s come-back hopes were dashed by an interception on the last play of the game by the Blue Devil’s Langdon Johnson when the Pirates were nearing the red-zone for a potential game-winning touchdown or game-tying field goal.
The Blue Devils play their next game against Fredericktown on Friday at 7 p.m.