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Vikings change focus after loss to Danville

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

ATHENS — Symmes Valley coach Rusty Webb wants his Vikings to have short memories.

After suffering a 54-6 season-ending loss to the Danville Blue Devils on Saturday, Webb wants his team to look forward instead of in the rear view mirror.

“Even though score was what it was, our kids played hard. We had a couple of injuries but Danville played very well,” said Webb.

“We just have to shake this off and get ready for playoffs. We have a tough team in Trimble and we have to turn our focus there.”

The Vikings (6-4) play at Glouster Trimble (10-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the Division VII Region 25 playoffs.

Danville quarterback Ridge Durbin was a one-man wrecking crew as he completed 19 of 35 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns and ran nine times for 84 yards and a score.

Durbin threw three first quarter touchdowns and another in the second quarter as Danville took a 34-6 halftime lead.

Danville (6-4) finished with 506 total yards with 377 in the air and 129 on the ground.

The Vikings ran for 126 yards and quarterback Derrek Smith was 6 of 16 passing for 103 yards. His 49-yard pass to Brandon Craft set up his own 1-yard touchdown run with 1:58 left in the first half.

Craft ran 11 times for 34 yards and caught two passes for 65 yards. Smith had nine carries for 47 yards.

Danville 21 13 7 13 = 54

Symmes Valley 0 6 0 0 = 6

First Quarter

Da — Kenton Mickley 38 pass from Ridge Durbin (Tom Hartmann kick) 10:57

Da — Austin Morehouse 49 pass from Ridge Durbin (Tom Hartmann kick) 9:14

Da — Brandon Holt 24 pass from Ridge Durbin (Tom Hartmann kick) 4:28

Second Quarter

Da — Derek Elliott 3 run (kick failed) 3:32

SV — Derek Smith 1 run (pass failed) 1:58

Da — Austin Morehouse 24 pass from Ridge Durbin (Tom Hartmann kick) 0:00 3-57

Third Quarter

Da — Ridge Durbin 42 run (Tom Hartmann kick) 4:04

Fourth Quarter

Da — Zach Winings 4 run (Tom Hartmann kick) 11:00

Da — Jordan 40 shovel pass from Skylar Durbin (kick failed) 2:06

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Dan SV

First downs 21 9

Rushes-yards 18-129 41-126

Passing yards 377 103

Total yards 506 229

Cmp-Att-Int 20-36-2 6-16-1

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 1-5 6-71

Punts-average 2-23.5 8-24.1

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Individual Leaders

RUSHING —Danville: Ridge Durbin 9-84; Symmes Valley: Brandon Craft 11-34, Tanner Mays 5-16, Payton Hayes 5-13, Collin Webb 5-9, Derrek Smith 9-47, Cameron Meadows 1-1, Laken Gothard 23, Grayson Kerns 1-0, Austin Waugh 2-3.

PASSING — Danville: Ridge Durbin 19-35-2 337, Skylar Durbin 1-1-0 40; Symmes Valley: Derrek Smith 6-16-1 103.

RECEIVING — Danville: Austin Morehouse 9-167, Kenton Mickley 4-90; Symmes Valley: Brandon Craft 2-65, Payton Hayes 1-20, Tanner Mays 1-7, Cameron Meadows 1-2, Curtis Lybrand 1-9.