Ground game, sacks key win against Anderson

Junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) rushed for a career-high 182 yards and the Hanover College football squad’s defense totaled 10 sacks in a 44-23 victory against Anderson University at L.S. Ayres Field.

The victory was the fifth in a row against Anderson for Hanover, now 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The Panthers trailed 7-6 after the first period, but scored 31 points in the second quarter to surge ahead 37-17 at the intermission. Both teams added touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

Hanover’s rushing attack averaged 7.4 yards per attempt, piling up 319 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Corrao carried the ball 20 times for 182 yards with a touchdown. Senior quarter Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) tallied 105 yards on 11 rushes with two scores, including a 77-yard scamper for a touchdown.

The Panthers’ defense generated 10 sacks and forced the Ravens into 110 yards in losses. Sophomore lineman Jake Stilwell (Anderson, Ind.) had four sacks, including two in one series, and finished with nine total tackles and a forced fumble.

Senior linebacker Brandon Foster (Haubstadt, Ind.) led the unit with 12 tackles. Junior linebacker Justin Magaw (West Palm Beach, Fla.) added nine tackles and a 45-yard interception return for his second collegiate touchdown.

Senior defensive back Derrick Worden (Galveston, Ind.) also picked off a pass, marking the eighth interception of his career.

Anderson, which totaled 344 yards of offense, grabbed a 7-0 lead with a seven-play scoring drive early in the first quarter.

Hanover answered in the final minute of the frame when Britt hit freshman receiver Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) with a 29-yard scoring strike to trim the margin to 7-6. The touchdown was the first of Windell's career.

Senior placekicker Dylan Dunlop (Miami, Fla.) booted a 25-yard field goal to nudge the Panthers ahead 9-7, with 13:46 to go in the half.

Anderson, however, countered on its next possession. The Ravens capped a 10-play, 72-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to ease into a 14-9 lead.

From that point, Hanover ripped off 28 straight points to bolt into a 37-14 lead and put the game out of reach.

Senior running back Timothy Sutton (Hopewell, N.J.) scored on a one-yard plunge to push the Panthers in front 17-14 with 6:02 left in the half.

Corrao hit paydirt three minutes later from 21 yards out to bump the cushion to 24-14.

Britt weaved his way through Anderson’s defense on a career-long 77-yard run to give Hanover a 30-14 advantage with 1:16 remaining in the stanza.

Magaw cut in front of an intended target to snatch a pass and rumbled untouched 45 yards for a score, and a 37-14 lead, with just 26 seconds left in the half.

Anderson converted a 26-yard field goal as time expired to trim the lead to 37-17 at the break.

Hanover, which held the ball for nearly 17 minutes in the second half, stretched the cushion to 44-17 midway through the fourth period.

Britt closed a nine-play, 60-yard drive with a quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-goal play from the one-yard-line.

Anderson, now 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the HCAC, completed the game’s scoring with a 56-yard pass for a touchdown with 3:42 left in the contest.

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