Senior quarterback Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) scored on a 28-yard run with 27 seconds left to lift Hanover College’s football squad to a 24-21 victory against Manchester University in a Hall of Fame Day clash at L.S. Ayres Field.
The victory is the fifth in a row for Hanover, now 5-4 overall and 5-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Panthers led 17-0 at the intermission before Manchester reeled off 21 straight points to surge ahead with just 3:35 to play in the contest.
Given one last shot, Hanover marched 69 yards in 11 plays, capped off by Britt’s 28-yard weave into the right side of the endzone for the game-winner.
Senior placekicker Dylan Dunlop (Miami, Fla.) booted a 21-yard field goal and three extra points to set the Panthers’ career kick-scoring record. Dunlop raised his four-year total to 167 points, eclipsing the mark of 166 set by Dan Farrington from 1991-1994.
Britt put Hanover on the scoreboard with a 62-yard dash down the visitor’s sidelines with 59 seconds remaining in the first period.
Dunlop nudged the Panthers’ lead to 10-0 with his 21-yard field goal with 4:11 left in the half.
The margin jumped to 17-0 two minutes later.
Junior defensive lineman John Holtkamp (Indianapolis, Ind.) intercepted a pass to give Hanover possession at the Manchester 35-yard-line.
Three plays later, junior running back Spencer Corrao (New Albany, Ind.) was stripped of the ball as he neared the goal line, but senior left tackle Caleb Williams (Birdseye, Ind.) recovered the fumble in the endzone for his first collegiate touchdown.
Manchester (2-7; 2-5 HCAC) rallied in the second half.
The Spartans cut the deficit to 17-7 on a five-yard scoring run by quarterback Nick Williams with 1:38 remaining in the third frame.
Logan Haston, who replaced Williams at quarterback in the fourth period, rushed for a five-yard touchdown with 7:34 to go in the game. He followed with a 24-yard scoring pass to Dakota Nelson to push Manchester ahead 21-17 with only 3:35 on the clock.
Britt, who rushed for 55 yards during the game-winning drive, kept the Panthers alive with a 21-yard scamper on the third-and-10 play in the middle of the field.
He then completed short passes to freshman Austin Pfenninger (Carmel, Ind.) and junior Tanner Parker (Greencastle, Ind.), as well as added a six-yard run, to set up his 28-yard route to paydirt.
Britt finished with a career-high 155 rushing yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. He also completed 12-of-27 passes for 192 yards.
Pfenninger caught four passes for 49 yards, while freshman receiver Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.) added two receptions for 64 yards.
Hanover’s defense limited Manchester to just 163 total yards through three quarters before the Spartans netted 174 yards in the fourth period.
Junior linebacker Justin Magaw (West Palm Beach, Fla.) led the Panthers’ unit with 12 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Brandon Foster (Haubstadt, Ind.) chipped in 11 stops.
In addition to Holtkamp, senior defensive backs Matt McConnell (Buckner, Ky.) and Jamal Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind.) each pulled down interceptions.
Published Saturday, November 9, 2013