Passafiume, Dalton lead HCAC gridiron honorees

Seniors Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky.) and Andy Dalton (Guilford, Ind.) highlight a group of 13 members of Hanover College’s football squad who have received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Passafiume and Dalton, along with classmate Ajani Jones (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) and sophomore Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.), were each first-team all-Heartland Conference selections.

Seniors Colton Zeck (Galveston, Ind.) and Dwayne Eubanks (Mitchell, Ind.), along with juniors Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) and Brandon Foster (Haubstadt, Ind.), sophomore Ryan Hahn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) and freshman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind.), were each second-team honorees.

Senior Shawn Gibson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Tom Call (Spring, Texas) each received honorable-mention recognition.

Senior Brian Robertson (Florence, Ky.) was named to the Heartland Conference’s all-sportsmanship team.

Passafiume, a wide receiver, collected all-HCAC honors for the fourth season. He closed his career as the fifth-leading receiver in NCAA history (all-divisions) with 344 catches. He also leaves the program as Hanover’s career leader with 3,485 receiving yards and 39 receiving touchdowns.

During the season, Passafiume led the HCAC in receptions and ranked second in the league in receiving yards per game. He finished with 90 catches for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also scored one rushing touchdown and added an 89-yard kick return for a score.

In addition, Passafiume ranks second in school history with 257 points, landing behind only former all-American wingback Brian Glesing, who scored 294 points from 1989-1992.

Dalton, a linebacker, is a four-time all-Heartland Conference selection. Just the third player in Hanover history to record more than 400 career tackles, Dalton led the league with 116 tackles and ranked 15th nationally with 11.6 tackles per game.

He ranks third in school history with 423 stops.

Jones, a defensive tackle, claimed a spot on the all-HCAC team for the second year in a row. He registered career highs with 58 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and three forced fumbles.

Corrao, a running back, led the Panthers ground effort with 781 yards on 124 carries with a team-high eight rushing touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns.

Zeck, a receiver, caught 41 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 26 yards and three touchdowns.

Eubanks, who earned all-HCAC honors for the second straight season, had 33 receptions for 476 yards and five touchdowns.

Britt, a two-time all-league choice, led the Heartland Conference in total offense with 282.4 yards per game and also paced the league’s quarterbacks with 260.4 passing yards per contest. He completed 236-of-354 passes for 2,604 yards and a career-high 31 touchdowns.

He also rushed 105 times for 220 yards and six touchdowns.

Hahn, a two-year starter at center, anchored an offensive line which helped Hanover generate 412.4 yards per game, including 272.9 through the air and nearly 140 yards on the ground.

Foster, a linebacker, was third on the Panthers’ defense with 61 tackles. He had 7.5 tackles for loss, including one sack, and also blocked a point-after attempt.

Stilwell, a defensive tackle, grabbed all-HCAC honors in his first season with the Panthers. He ranked second among the unit’s linemen with 46 tackles and posted 11.5 tackles for loss with 8.5 sacks.

Gibson, a wide receiver, earned honorable mention recognition for the second time in his career after posting 41 receptions for 495 yards and two touchdowns.

Call, a defensive end, had 39 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He also forced one fumble.

Robertson, a defensive end, had 16 tackles with one-half of a sack.

Hanover finished the 2012 campaign with a 6-4 overall record and placed second in the Heartland Conference standings for the third consecutive season. The Panthers were 6-2 in the league, including a six-game winning streak