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Hanover Central falls to Culver Military Academy 28-2
September 6, 2019
Special to Lowell Tribune

(Culver, IN) The Hanover Central football Wildcats (1-2) made their longest regular-season football road trip in school history, visiting private boarding school Culver Military Academy in Marshall County.

The Eagles took advantage of HC mistakes early, scoring all of their points in the first half, handing Hanover its second straight loss, 28-2.

CMA came into the game ranked #13 in the state Class 4A Indiana Football Coaches Association poll. Its defense, led by University of Iowa commit Deontae Craig, held the Wildcats without an offensive score.

On his first offensive play from scrimmage, Hanover QB Tyler Fruehling kept the ball for a three yard carry, but suffered an injury on the play. He would not return.

The Eagles capitalized on good field position in the 1st quarter, taking a 14-0 lead on two Eli Pack TD runs. On the final play of the 1st quarter, CMA quarterback Ryan Tompos rolled out to pass from his own end zone, but Wildcat LB Max Warchol was there waiting, making the tackle for a safety, HC’s only score of the night.

After the free kick, the Wildcats drove the ball to the Eagles 23 before a backbreaking interception. Late in the quarter the Cats botched a shotgun snap resulting in a fumble. Both turnovers proved costly, leading to Eagle touchdowns, and CMA took a 28-2 lead to the locker room.

Hanover gave up just 104 yards of offense and no points in the second half. Unfortunately, the Eagles kept Hanover out of the red zone all night. It was just the third time in modern HC football history—since football returned in 2014—that the Wildcats failed to score a touchdown in a game.

Hanover got an outstanding performance from RB Adam Graham, who had 95 yards rushing and 58 yards receiving, well over half of the team’s 249 total yards. Backup QB Blaze Cano threw for 98 yards and added 39 yards on the ground.

Warchol and freshman Gannan Howes led the team with 8 tackles. Ryan Breedlove had 7.

HC opens its conference schedule with a visit to River Forest next week.

For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s Week 3 loss to Culver Military Academy, 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