DANVILLE — The festive atmosphere at Danville’s football stadium grew quieter with every touchdown scored by Bishop Rosecrans during their regional quarterfinal game on Saturday.
By the time the clock went to zeroes, the scoreboard read Rosecrans 34, Danville 7 — and the only noises were the cheers that came from the visiting fans who filled the bleachers.
The Blue Devils’ season was over. For some, it was too soon. And it’s going to hurt for awhile.
“I think it’s going to take a few weeks, for the seniors especially,” said Danville head coach Ed Honabarger. “For the younger kids, it’s something you can build on.”
Danville’s defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 13 points at home all season, allowed Rosecrans to score just three minutes into the game, and never caught up. Junior Luke Lloyd scored twice. The second score was a 61-yard touchdown run just two plays into the second half, making the score 21-0.
“There was plenty of time,” said Honabarger. “If we could take that next drive and score, there would still be a lot of time. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that score.”
Lloyd finished the night with 158 yards on 30 carries. He had eight carries of seven yards or more. Only Johnstown’s Ross Franklin had a better day against the Blue Devils.
Quarterback Zack Hill, who usually relies on his legs rather than his arm, rushed five times for 22 yards. Instead, he threw the game of his life, completing nine out of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.
Heath Buckingham, the workhorse on the Blue Devils’ offense, managed a relatively tame 130 yards on 18 carries. He scored Danville’s lone touchdown on a one-yard dive with 6:40 left in the game.