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Hanover Central rebounds with a 33-8 win at River Forest
September 13, 2019
special to the Lowell Tribune

(New Chicago, IN) The Hanover Central football Wildcats got back in the win column with a 33-8 win over River Forest.

The Wildcats (2-2, 1-0 GSSC) were outgained in total offense 236-189, but took advantage of multiple mistakes in the Ingot punt game.

Three River Forest (1-3, 1-1 GSSC) punts resulted in Wildcat touchdowns.

Sam Primozic returned a shanked 17 yard punt for the first Wildcat score in the 1st quarter. Michael Simon blocked another Ingot punt, scooped it up, and returned it 16 yards for another touchdown late in the 2nd quarter.

While the Cats capitalized on Ingot punt mistakes, their offense struggled in the first half, generating just 28 yards and one first down.

Fortunately for HC, another gaffe in the River Forest punt game kick-started the Wildcat offense. RF fumbled a punt snap on their first possession of the 2nd half. The turnover on downs set up a 24 yard scoring drive, culminating in a 1-yard Blaze Cano QB sneak to give Hanover a 20-0 lead midway through the 3rd quarter.

River Forest scored their only TD on the ensuing drive when Jeremiah Walker got loose for a 72 yard run, one of the only mistakes the Hanover defense made on the night.

Hanover QB Blaze Cano bounced back with two 3rd quarter TD tosses. He found Bryan Hoover streaking down the middle for 40 yards, and Jack Kuiper caught a 26 yard pass with an athletic jump in the end zone.

With the lone exception of the Walker TD run, the Ingots could not maintain drives against Hanover’s defense. All but three RF offensive possessions resulted in punt attempts.

Cano finished with 166 yards passing and 2 TDs. Hoover had 91 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Brett Driscoll returned from injury and led the defense with 13 tackles. Kyle Haessly added ten, James Kelly had eight. Kuiper had an interception as well.

Adam Graham took over the placekicking job, and booted three extra points.

HC hosts Griffith next week.

For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s Week 4 win at River Forest, 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