Football falls to Illinois College in opener

Hanover College’s football squad kicked off its 2013 season with a 49-13 loss to Illinois College at L.S. Ayres Field.

Illinois College (1-0), which had not played on Hanover's campus since the 1941 season, outgained the Panthers by a 393-162 margin while building a 42-6 lead by halftime. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the third period, but Hanover could not mount a challenge.

Senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) completed 4-of-9 passes for 40 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter.

Freshman signal-caller Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) relieved for the final two possessions in the stanza, eventually leading the Panthers on a nine-play, 76-yard scoring drive to end the drought with just 15 seconds left in the half.

Gutermuth finished the outing 12-of-22 for 172 yards with one interception. He also rushed eight times for 17 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown scamper with 1:28 to play in the third period.

Junior running back Timothy Sutton (Hopewell, N.J.) scored Hanover’s second-quarter touchdown, pounding his way into the endzone from 16 yards out for his second collegiate touchdown.

Hanover totaled 346 yards of offense in the contest, with 214 coming through the air and 132 on the ground.

Freshman wide receiver Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) pulled in six catches for 130 yards in his first collegiate outing. Classmate Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.) caught six balls for 61 yards.

Junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) carried the rock 21 times for 64 yards to lead the Panthers’ ground effort. Sutton finished with 40 yards on seven rushes.

Illinois College amassed 465 offensive yards. The Blueboys rushed for 252 yards and had 213 passing yards.

Senior running back Cecil Brimmage, who gained 341 yards against Hanover last season, galloped to 146 yards on 12 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

Senior defensive back Colin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) totaled 12 tackles to lead Hanover’s defensive unit. Sophomore lineman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind.) registered two sacks.

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