The Hanover College football squad’s defensive unit limited Bluffton University (Ohio) to just 126 total yards, while senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) and junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) combined for five touchdowns, to lead the Panthers to a 41-0 Homecoming victory at L.S. Ayres Field.
Hanover’s defense surrendered only 64 yards on the ground and 62 through the air while recording its eight consecutive win against Bluffton and the first shutout against the Beavers since a 24-0 triumph during the 1980 campaign.
Bluffton entered the clash averaging more than 350 yards per outing.
Senior cornerback Derrick Worden (Galveston, Ind.) recovered a fumble in the endzone for a first-quarter touchdown. He also intercepted a pass and rumbled 34 yards to set up a fourth-period score.
Sophomore lineman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind.) had two of the Panthers’ four sacks and junior linebacker Vince Peiffer (Trafalgar, Ind.) tallied a game-high nine tackles to spark the effort.
Hanover piled up a season-high 431 yards of offense, including 177 yards in the decisive second quarter.
Britt completed 17-of-24 passes for 232 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for 46 yards and scored on runs of three and seven yards.
Corrao carried the ball 19 times for a game-best 126 yards. He had scoring dashes of 12 and four yards and also caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Britt.
After a scoreless first period, the Panthers scored four times in the second frame to build a 28-0 lead at the break.
Corrao hit paydirt from 12 yards out to get Hanover on the scoreboard two minutes into the second quarter.
Hanover’s lead jumped to 14-0 just six minutes later when Worden forced a fumble at the Bluffton two-yard-line and then smothered the ball in the paint for his first collegiate touchdown.
Corrao increased the margin to 21-0 with his second touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Britt with 1:42 to go in the half.
The Panthers went ahead 28-0 on the final play of the half when Britt scampered into the endzone from the three-yard-line.
Hanover tallied just its second third-quarter touchdown of the season to boost the lead to 34-0 late in the stanza. Britt scored on a seven-yard sprint to cap a seven-play, 60-yard drive.
Worden set up Hanover’s final touchdown with his second interception of the season. The Panthers followed the turnover with a six-play, 39-yard scoring drive, highlighted by Corrao’s four-yard burst into the endzone.
With its second straight win, Hanover raised its record to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Bluffton slipped to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the league.
Published Saturday, October 19, 2013