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Boone Grove snaps Hanover Central regular win streak at 15 with 15-7 win
September 15, 2017

(Valparaiso) The Hanover Central football Wildcats (4-1, 2-1) walked off the Valparaiso High School field with a feeling it hadn’t experienced in nearly two years: a loss to a Greater South Shore Conference opponent.

Boone Grove (3-2, 3-0) remained unbeaten in conference play and won its third straight, beating Hanover 15-7. Hanover hadn’t lost to a GSSC foe since an opening round playoff loss to Wheeler on October 23, 2015. HC was unbeaten in conference play in 2016, winning the GSSC crown outright.

HC head coach Pete Koulianos tipped his cap to the Wolves for executing a ball-control gameplan to perfection: Boone Grove had 13 first downs to just 9 for the Wildcats, and kept the ball over 11 minutes longer than Hanover, 29:27 to 18:33.

When HC did take over possession, all night a stingy Wolves defense held the Wildcats in check: Boone Grove outgained Hanover in total offense 202-115. Wildcat QB James De Lange—who came in averaging 151 yards per game rushing—was held to just 12 yards on 20 carries, averaging less than a yard per carry.

After a scoreless first half, HC drove the ball 65 yards on its first possession, and took a 7-0 lead thanks to a 35 yard Bonscott Young TD run. After an ensuing 3-and-out, HC’s offense took over in Boone Grove territory with a chance to sustain momentum. But a bad snap on the first play from scrimmage was recovered by the Wolves, who promptly went 40 yards and found the end zone. A 2-yard Brae’ton Vann TD run snapped an 11-quarter scoreless streak for the Wildcat defense. A botched PAT attempt was recovered by the holder, QB Dylan Paul, who found receiver Brandon Vann for the 2-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead at the 4:07 mark of the 3rd quarter.

Apart from the first possession of the 2nd half, HC could never find an offensive rhythm. Then early in the 4th quarter, on a 4th & 6, Paul found his running back Brae’ton Vann out of the backfield for a 37 yard TD pass to extend the lead.

The loss snapped a 15-game regular season win streak that dated back to an October 2, 2015 loss to Wheeler.

Bonscott Young had 59 yards and a TD to lead the HC offense. Brett Driscoll led Hanover tacklers with 7, Jose Sanchez and Jacob Wienke added 6 apiece. Sanchez had an interception.

The Wildcats host Whiting at the Wildcat Den on Friday, September 22.

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Stats courtesy Adam Noel, Hanover Central football statistician