RITTMAN — The Danville offense that fans came to know and love has given way to the times and the team’s current personnel.
Gone are the days of “three yards and a cloud of dust”. Enter “Air Honabarger.”
Danville established the passing game to set up the run on Friday, and demolished host Rittman to open up the season victorious, 43-6.
The Blue Devils (1-0) used a spread offense to great effect, using 11 different receivers in the contest. They combined for 24 catches and 347 yards, nearly 75 percent of Danville’s total offense of 463 yards.
Defensively, Danville played well against a dogged Rittman (0-1) rush, allowing only 162 yards on 44 carries. The Blue Devils also defended well against the Indians air game, giving up 54 yards on 6-of-19 passing.
Danville demonstrated all facets of its game in a sustained drive to open the game, which ended in Cade Mickley’s 3-yard scoring run for a 6-0 lead. Kyle Schultz gave the Blue Devils a 12-0 lead with 3:28 to play in the first quarter, scoring from 1-yard out.
Rittman finally got on the board in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run with 9:51 to play, but Danville quickly drove for yet another TD, this one ending on Brice Staats’s 15-yard scamper. Adam Moore hauled in Staats’s conversion pass for a 20-6 edge.
Corey Geog ran in from 21-yards out with 1:51 to play for a 26-6 lead, but the Blue Devils still had time to score again. With a quick 3-and-out on defense, Danville took over at midfield, and after two passes downfield, Kodey Ball nailed a 33-yard field goal with the half expiring to put his team up 29-6.
The Blue Devils passing attack took over the game at that point, scoring twice in the third quarter. Geog caught both touchdowns from Staats, the first of 14 yards and the second a 59-yarder.
Staats ran nine times for 43 yards and completed 20-of-33 passes for 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Austin Hazen rushed twice for 29 yards. Mickley and Marshall Magers each had four receptions for 91 and 55 yards, respectively, and Geog caught three passes for 91 yards and two scores.