Hanover College’s football team scored six touchdowns in its first 24 plays, led 49-0 at the half and pasted Earlham College, 55-10, in the Panthers’ 85th-annual Homecoming game.
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt was held Saturday, Oct. 27, at L.S. Ayres Field.
Sophomore running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) scored three touchdowns, senior wide receiver Vaughn Crapser (Fort Wayne, Ind.) hit paydirt for the first time in his career and senior wide receiver Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky.) edged closer to two Hanover career records to lead the Panthers to the program’s sixth consecutive win.
Hanover, now 6-2 overall and 6-0 in the Heartland Conference, totaled a season-high 527 yards of offense, including 305 through the air and 222 on the ground.
Corrao keyed the rushing attack with 127 yards on just 12 carries, including touchdown runs of 30, one and nine yards. The effort marks his fourth 100-yard game of the season and first career three-touchdown game.
Passafiume caught eight passes for a season-high 167 yards and two touchdowns. The effort pushed his career-receiving-yardage total to 3,316 yards, which is just 16 yards shy of the school-record 3,332 yards amassed by former Hanover all-Americans Brian Glesing (1989-92) and Mike Luker (1985-88).
Passafiume’s two touchdowns nudged his career receiving touchdown total to 35, which is just one off the mark Glesing set during his four seasons with the Panthers (36).
Junior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) completed 12-of-17 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns. He has thrown for 17 touchdowns in his last four games.
Senior wide receiver Shawn Gibson (Indianapolis, Ind.) made the start at quarterback and led Hanover to a touchdown on its first possession.
Gibson, who completed all four of his passing attempts for 60 yards, hit Crapser in the middle of the endzone from 10 yards out to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead just 2:32 into the game.
Britt took over the controls of the Hanover offense and led the squad to touchdowns on five straight possessions.
He connected with senior receiver Dwayne Eubanks (Mitchell, Ind.) on a diving snag for a 24-yard touchdown and followed with a five-yarder to Passafiume for a 21-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.
Corrao rambled into the endzone from 30 yards out just nine seconds into the second period to boost the margin to 28-0.
Passafiume, who has caught eight touchdowns this season, sprinted 22 yards into the paint for a score just 48 seconds later for a 35-point cushion.
Corrao rammed his way across the goal line to give Hanover a 42-0 lead with 10:53 left in the half.
Senior wide receiver Jacob Noger (Lexington, Ky.) harnessed a 35-yard touchdown pass from Britt and lunged into the endzone in the final two minutes of the quarter to give the Panthers a 49-0 lead at the break.
Corrao later capped Hanover’s scoring with a nine-yard burst with 12:13 to play in the third period.
Earlham, now 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Heartland Conference, totaled 418 yards, with 243 coming in the second half.
Coming off its first HCAC win three seasons as a league member, the Quakers had a 12-play scoring drive late in the third quarter to avoid the shutout. Ryan Acosta's 32-yard field goal capped the drive.
Earlham running back Tre Stephens, who finished with 140 yards on 27 rushes, added a one-yard scoring run with 33 seconds left in the game for the final margin.
Senior linebacker Andy Dalton (Guilford, Ind.) had five tackles to become the third player in Hanover history to record more than 400 career stops (403).
Senior lineman Ajani Jones (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) led the Panthers with seven tackles, including a pair of sacks for minus-16 yards.
Freshman defensive back Nathan Freese (Hebron, Ky.) soared for his first collegiate interception and dashed 40 yards before being pulled down midway through the fourth quarter.
Senior linebacker Brian Robertson (Florence, Ky.) and junior linebacker Ethan Waltz (Trafalgar, Ind.) each added five tackles, while junior lineman Tom Call (Spring, Texas) also had five stops, including a sack.
Published Saturday, October 27, 2012