Football: Pre-game Notes
Wheeler Bearcats (3-2, 1-2) at Hanover Central Wildcats (3-3, 2-2 GSSC)
September 28, 2018
Kickoff/Location: 7pm CDT, Wildcat Den, Hanover Central HS, Cedar Lake
Hanover Central, 30.35, 223rd overall, 46th in 3A.
Wheeler, 38.12, 188th overall, 35th in 3A.
Whiting 61, Hanover Central 0
Wheeler 21, South Central 7
Brian Parker, 3-3 in his 1st year at Hanover Central.
Adam Hudak, 8-8 in his 2nd year at Wheeler, 14-24 in his 4th year overall.
2018 vs. common opponents:
River Forest (HC won 26-20, Wheeler won 52-20)
Whiting (HC lost 61-0, Wheeler lost 44-7)
HC all-time record vs. Wheeler: 1-4
Series last four seasons:
2017: HC loss, 31-14
2016: HC win, 32-14
2015: (1st round, IHSAA Sectional) HC loss, 41-14
2015: (regular season) HC loss, 53-7
2014: HC loss, 45-0
A look back at last year’s game:
(September 29, 2017) Hanover Central dropped its third straight game, losing 31-14 to Wheeler in Union Township. The Wildcats had 11 scoreless offensive drives, including three drives that stalled inside the Wheeler 10. Hanover outgained the Bearcats in total offensive yards (366-346), but Wheeler came up with the big play often, with TD scoring plays of 25, 36, 58, and 91 yards. Hanover finally dented the scoreboard midway through the 3rd quarter when Brett Driscoll escaped for a 54 yard TD run. QB James De Lange connected with Bonscott Young for a 28 yard TD pass at the 3:16 mark of the 4th quarter for another Wildcat score. De Lange had 87 yards rushing, Driscoll had 85 yards and 1 TD. De Lange was 8-for-17 passing for 122 yards and 1 TD. Brandon Demoff had 5 catches for 72 yards, and added 42 yards rushing. David Krueger had 10 tackles to lead the defense. Adam Anderson had 9 tackles, Nick Taborski had 7. Connor Wotherspoon and Wyatt Chalos each had an interception.
- Friday night is Senior Night at the Wildcat Den. HC will honor its football seniors: Adam Anderson, Daniel Austgen, Zach Brouwer, Brandon Demoff, Leo Diaz, Max Kocka, John Miller, Evan Momcilovic, Sam Momcililovic, Matteo Montalvo, Ben Sedwick, Avi Vega, Conner Wotherspoon, Sammy Young.
- The Class of 2019 is just the second senior class since the Class of 1972 to experience varsity football for all four years of high school.
- Hanover Central is 2-2 in Senior Night games since varsity football returned in 2014. The Wildcats lost to Wheeler 45-0 in 2014, defeated North Newton 28-21 in 2015, beat Wheeler 32-14 in 2016, and lost to Griffith 56-21 last season.
- Last week’s shutout loss to Whiting was only the second since varsity football returned to Hanover Central in 2014. During the first incarnation of football at HCHS—1968-1971—the Wildcats were shut out 11 times in four seasons, including six out of their eight games in 1971.
- Friday’s game vs. Wheeler is the second of two regular season games against potential Sectional 25 tournament opponents (Andrean). The sectional pairings for the 46th annual IHSAA Football State Tournament will be announced Sunday, Oct. 7th. The show will be webstreamed at IHSAAtv.org. In Indiana, all teams make the playoffs regardless of record, and the bracket is determined using a blind draw. Hanover is in Class 3A Sectional 25. Others in the sectional are: Andrean, Benton Central, Calumet New Tech, Clark (Hammond), Twin Lakes (Monticello), West Lafayette, and Wheeler.
- Wheeler is playing their fifth road game and has played just one home game. The Bearcats were unable to find a Week 3 replacement for their previously-scheduled home game against Bishop Noll, which canceled its season. They will play just three regular season home games. HC is playing its fifth home game.
- Hearts are heavy for players, coaches and fans at Wheeler High School this week after they lost a classmate and friend. 16-year-old junior Gabriella Dres was killed in a single-vehicle crash in rural Valparaiso Tuesday.
Elsewhere in the GSSC:
Boone Grove (4-2, 2-2) at Indianapolis Lighthouse East (2-2, 0-1 Greater Indianapolis Conf.)
Calumet New Tech (4-1, 2-1) at Whiting (6-0, 4-0)
Griffith (4-2, 4-0) at South Central (2-4, 1-2)
Lake Station Edison (0-6, 0-4) at River Forest (1-5, 0-3)
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