CROOKSVILLE — Ridge Durbin showed his arm was at full strength Friday night.
The Danville senior quarterback completed 10-of-21 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another, as the Blue Devils avenged last year’s loss in a 35-0 rout of host Crooksville in a nonleague game at Village Park.
Durbin found Cal Honabarger for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the game’s second play and undefeated Danville (7-0) never looked back.
“Last year, Ridge was coming off double labrum surgery in July so he was throwing a lot of changeups,” Danville coach Ed Honabarger said. “He’s had a year of lifting under him and has been able to build up that strength. Now, he’s throwing a lot of fastballs.
“The first series is usually feeling each other out. But, scoring on the first series was a boost.”
The Ceramics (3-4) struggled staying in front of the chains. They were penalized 11 times for 141 yards with five of those being holding calls that stalled out several drives.
Crooksville was also held to 110 yards on 32 carries with Alan Wolfe leading the way with 68 yards on 18 attempts.
Though Crooksville coach Chad Mickey questioned some of those calls, he was pleased with his team’s effort.
“Our kids played hard and never quit,” he said. “We just got beat by a better team tonight.”
Trailing 7-0 midway through the first quarter, Crooksville found some traction. Landon Hinkle hit Dalton Banik for 10 yards on a third-and-9, but facing a fourth-and-9 on the Danville 35, Hinkle’s eight-yard run led to a turnover on downs.
The Blue Devils came back down the field. They needed just six plays to score as Durbin found Honabarger, who sprinted 47 yards through the Crooksville secondary to reach the end zone and build a 14-0 lead after a Luis Ruiz extra point late in the first.
The Ceramics were able to reach Danville territory again, getting to the 21, but a snap over Hinkle’s head led to a big loss and a punt.
Durbin, who finished with 51 yards on 14 carries, relied on his legs on the ensuing drive. He ran seven times for 33 yards on the 11-play, 74-yard possession and capped it by bowling his way in from three yards out. Another Ruiz extra point made it 21-0 with 5:25 left in the second.
The Blue Devils added another score in the final seconds of the first half when Durbin found Tyler Mickley alone in the end zone from 13 yards out. They led 28-0 at the break.
“Wolfe is a heck of a runner, and with their offense, they want to get a lead on you,” Coach Honabarger said. “We were able to get some stops. We hadn’t been tested in four weeks, but we did a good job responding against a good team.”
Durbin finished off the scoring midway through the third when he connected with Kenton Mickley on a 35-yard touchdown.
Cal Honabarger led the Danville receivers with four receptions for 142 yards and Kenton Mickley accounted for nearly 100 total yards of offense.
Hinkle completed 3-of-5 passes for 49 yards and added 22 more on the ground in the losing effort.