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History being made in Danville as Ironmen claim third straight District IV Title with 41 to 20 win over Loyalsock, QB-Zach Gordon throws FIVE touchdowns !

Written by: on Saturday, November 19th, 2022

 

History being made in Danville as Ironmen claim third straight District IV Title with 41 to 20 win over Loyalsock, QB-Zach Gordon throws FIVE touchdowns !

History being made was the phrase of the evening by players following the Ironmen’s 41 to 20 victory over a tough Loyalsock Lancers squad. It would the Ironmen who would strike first on their fourth play of the game following an early time-out, when Zach Gordon would connect with Carson Persing for 44 yards and the score, giving Danville the early lead 7 to 0 with 11:04 remaining in the opening quarter. Loyalsock would answer the call on their opening drive, going 76 yads on five plays, capped off with a pass from Tyler Gee to Jaylen Andrews for 3 yards in the endzone, followed by the PAT to tie the game at 7 with 8:46 to play in the quarter. After a three and out by both teams on their next possessions, we would see our next score of the game, buy the Ironmen. A 29 yard strike to Mason Raup with 3:56 still to go in the first quarter would have the score at 13 to 7 following a missed extra point try.

The first quarter would eventually come to an end following another pair of punts by both teams with the score still 13 to 7 Ironmen. Now in the second quarter of play, the Danville defense started to pressure Tyler Gee and he would throw his first of two interceptions with 8:45 to go in the quarter when Kincade Cush would leap into the air and snag the ball giving Danville great field position at the Lancer 44. Just four plays later, we would see another hook-up by Gordon to Persing for 17 yards and the score giving the Ironmen a 20 to 7 lead with 7:20 to go until halftime. With that touchdown reception by Persing, it would give him 23 on the season. On the next Lancer possession, a big sack by Justin Kutcher would have Loyalsock looking at 3rd and 18. A 14 yard pass to Cy Cavanaugh would fall 4 yards short of the first down and Danville would take over following the punt, which would travel down to the Ironmen 16 yard line with 4:51 to go till the half. Just three plays later however, it would be the Ironmen turning the ball over with an interception by Gavin Rice giving the Lancers some life. Loyalsock would have it first and ten at the 38 with 3:31 to go in the first half. Ten plays later, two incomplete passes to end the half with the score 20 to 7 Danville leading.

Loyalsock would get the ball to start the second half but would the offense would fail to amount a sustainable drive, having to punt twice before would we see the next score of the game and first of the second half. Unfortunately for the Lancers, it was the Ironmen adding points to the board when Gordon would connect with Aaron Johnson for 30 yards and the score, giving Zach Gordon his fourth touchdown pass of the game with the score now 27 to 7 with 1:44 left to go in the third. Loyalsock quickly reponded, driving 67 yards on just 3 plays, finished off by a 33 yard pass from Gee to Rian Glunk, making the score 27 to 13 after the PAT was blocked by Mason Raup, just :38 seconds to go till the final quarter.

Now in the fourth, with 8:22 to play, Danville would extend their lead to 34 to 13 after Gordon would hit on his sixth touchdown pass of the game when when connected with Aaron Johnson again, this time for 37 yards.  On that touchdown pass by Gordon, he would tie a school a record for most passing yardage and touchdowns in either season, or career by a Danville quarterback. Will confirm this as soon as possible.

Another sack by Cush would see the Lancers having to punt once again, giving the Ironmen decent field possession again at the 47 with 7:29 to go in the game. Five runs later, it would be Ty Stauffer getting the call and going 22 yards into the endzone for the Ironmen final score of the game, and a score of 41 to 13 with 5:05 to play.

With 4:56 to go in the game, Loyalsock would amount their best drive of the game, going 80 yards on 17 plays, taking 4:54 off the clock, to score on a 20 yard pass from Tyler Gee to Jaylen Andrews, giving Andrews his second TD catch of the game in the loss. On the drive, midway thru, Carson Persing would grab an interception but a roughing the passer call would negate the pick.

UNOFFICIAL STATS LEADERS:
Loyalsock:
Passing; Tyler Gee – 17-32-2=232 (3TDS)
Rushing; Davion Hill – 22-154, Tyler Gee – 12-5
Receiving; Cy Cavanaugh – 6-74, Jaylen Andrews – 5-70 (2TDS), Rian Glunk – 3-46 (1TD), Davion Hill – 2-30
INTS; Gavin Rice
Sacks; Gavin Rice, Malachi Coleman
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Danville:
Passing; Zach Gordon – 10-14-1=244 (5TDS)
Rushing; Ty Stauffer – 16-106 (1TD), Zach Gordon – 9-56, Aaron Johnson – 1-20
Receiving; Carson Persing – 5-132 (2TDS), Aaron Johnson – 2-66 (2TDS), Mason Raup – 2-32 (1TD)
INTS; Carson Persing, Kincade Cush
Sacks; Kincade Cush(2), Mason Raup, Justin Kutcher
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TEAM TOTAL YARDS:
Loyalsock – 391 yards
Danville – 426 yards
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Interviews before my phone died…..

Danville QB-Zach Gordon

Danville WR-Aaron Johnson

Danville RB-Ty Stauffer

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