Hanover Central hangs on to defeat South Central, snaps losing streak
by Kevin Driscoll, special to Lowell Tribune
(Cedar Lake) The Hanover Central football Wildcats (5-3, 3-3 GSSC) defeated South Central 21-14 on Homecoming at the Wildcat Den to snap a three game losing streak.
Hanover set the tempo early. They won the toss, elected to receive, and marched on a 13 play, 67 yard scoring drive. Facing a 4th and 15 at the Satellite 18, QB James De Lange found David Krueger wide open for his first of two touchdown passes.
The Satellites (4-4, 3-3 GSSC) answered with a scoring drive of their own, but on a 1st and goal at the Wildcat 2, QB Kyle Schmack fumbled into the endzone, recovered for a touchback.
The score remained 7-0 at the half. De Lange’s kickoff to start the 2nd half was short, and the Satellites failed to make a play on it. A hustling Jose Sanchez pounced on it, and the Wildcats started the 2nd half at the SC 28. 6 plays later Sanchez would haul in a 10 yard De Lange pass for a 14-0 lead.
Later in the 3rd quarter, RB Brett Driscoll scored from 6 yards out to give the Wildcats a 21-0 lead.
But the Satellites did not go away quietly. Shmack’s 9 yard TD run late in the 3rd quarter capped a 59 yard scoring drive.
The Wildcat defense came up with a big 4th and goal stop at the 6 yard line, but was unable to sustain momentum on the ensuing possession. SC’s Logan Nataro blocked his second punt of the night, recovered at the HC 7 yard line. Two plays later, Jackson Meloy scored (6 yard run), and with 3:35 in the 4th quarter, the Wildcats held just a 21-14 lead.
Hanover appeared to be ready to put the game out of reach, but De Lange was stripped of the ball as he fought his way into the end zone, and late in the game the Satellites had one last possession to tie the game. However the HC defense would hold.
With showers on and off all night, players on both teams struggled with footing. Hanover outgained South Central in total offensive yards (319-234).
De Lange, named Homecoming King at halftime, was 9 of 19 passing for 165 yards and 2 TD along with 39 rushing yards. Driscoll had 39 yards rushing and 1 TD.
David Krueger paced the defense with 12 tackles to go along with his 18 yard touchdown catch. Nick Taborski added 11 tackles.
The Wildcats host GSSC-leading Griffith next Friday, October 13th for Senior Night.
For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s win over South Central, pick up a copy of the Lowell Tribune. Look for it at newsstands Wednesday.
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Stats courtesy Adam Noel, Hanover Central football statistician