The Hanover College football squad improved to 3-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 54-14 victory against Anderson University, Saturday, Oct. 6, in Anderson, Ind.
Hanover cranked up 507 yards of offense and limited the host Ravens to just 232 total yards in the contest.
Hanover, now 3-2 overall, led 13-0 at the end of the first period, but later exploded with two touchdowns in the final 41 seconds of the first half to increase the cushion to 33-0 at the break.
The highlights were plentiful on both sides of the ball for the Panthers, which held a 54-7 lead at the end of three quarters.
Junior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) completed 23-of-30 passes for 342 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Sophomore running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) rushed for 106 yards and had two touchdowns. Senior Colton Zeck (Galveston, Ind.) had 108 receiving yards and scored twice, while senior wide receiver Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky.) caught a pair of touchdown passes and also hit paydirt on an 89-yard kickoff return.
Junior linebacker Brandon Foster (Haubstadt, Ind.) led the Panthers’ defense with 12 tackles. Senior linebacker Andy Dalton (Guilford, Ind.) netted 10 stops, including two sacks.
Hanover forced two fumbles, totaled seven sacks and junior defensive backs Matt McConnell (Buckner, Ky.) and Sam Louis (Miami, Fla.) each snagged interceptions.
Britt completed 14-of-19 passes for 261 and four touchdowns to ignite the Panthers' first-half burst.
Passafiume caught a four-yard touchdown pass at the 10:53 mark of the first quarter and the duo connected on a 32-yarder with 4:23 left in the stanza to boost the lead to 13-0.
Corrao, who has topped the 100-yard rushing mark two consecutive weeks, scored on a one-yard plunge to give the Panthers a 20-0 lead with 12:27 to play in the half.
Corrao added a 28-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left to nudge Hanover ahead 26-0.
On Anderson’s possession in the waning seconds of the half, the Panthers forced a fumble on a third-down play deep in Hanover territory. Two plays later, Britt nailed Zeck along the sidelines for a 24-yard touchdown with just three seconds on the clock to lift the margin to 33-0.
The Panthers struck again in the opening 16 seconds of the third period. Passafiume collected the kickoff at the 11-yardline and raced along the near sidelines 89 yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 40-0.
Anderson sctratched the scoreboard two minutes later. Junior running back Marcus Spann dodged traffic on a 46-yard touchdown run to trim the margin to 40-7.
Hanover countered with two scores in the remainder of the quarter to put the game out of reach.
Britt shoved his way across the goal-line from one-yard out to give the Panthers a 47-7 lead with 10:35 to play in the stanza. Zeck tip-toed along the line in the back corner of the endzone on a nine-yarder with 5:31 left in the quarter for a 54-7 margin.
Anderson (0-5; 0-3 HCAC) mounted an 18-play, 86-yard scoring drive early in the fourth period. Freshman quarterback Nate Leeper capped the effort with a one-yard run for the final margin.
Spann finished the game with 81 rushing yards on 12 carries. Leeper completed 9-of-20 passes for 115 yards.
The victory was Hanover’s fourth in a row against Anderson. The 40-point margin marked the Panthers’ largest in the series since 62-14 win during the 1976 campaign.
Published Saturday, October 6, 2012