Hanover Central avenges ’18 loss at Whiting with big road win
(Whiting, IN) The Hanover Central football Wildcats flipped the script on the Whiting Oilers, avenging a 61-0 2018 loss at Ray Gallivan Field with a 2019 shutout win of their own a year later on the same field.
The Wildcats beat Whiting 40-0, outgaining the Oilers 312-72 in total offense.
Whiting RB Deandre Marshall gained 42 yards on the first Oiler play from scrimmage. HC’s defense would adjust: at the end of the game, Whiting would finish with 47 total rushing yards.
The Wildcats led just 9-0 at the half, but turned it up after the break. The HC defense held Oilers to 15 yards of offense and the Wildcat offense outscored Whiting 31-0 in the 2nd half.
The defense was led by an inspired Michael Simon, who had 12 tackles and 4-1/2 tackles-for-loss. Hanover had 9 TFL as a team. LB Brett Driscoll had a forced fumble, and DB Jack Kuiper had a fumble recovery.
Offensively, Driscoll had 124 yards and 3 TD’s rushing (27, 15, 2 yds). He became the first Wildcat RB to eclipse the 100 yard mark since October, 2016.
WR Bryan Hoover had a career night: 81 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, including an electrifying catch in which he caught a quick two yard strike and juked and spun his way to a 34 yard touchdown.
Blaze Cano took over the starting job at QB, and threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Kicker Sergio Felix had two field goals as well (38, 27 yards).
After playing five road games in six weeks, Hanover returns home for its final two regular season games. The Wildcats host Wheeler for Homecoming next week.
For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s revenge win over Griffith, 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