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Hanover Central hangs tough, but falls to Andrean 44-23
August 30, 2019
special to the Lowell Tribune

(Merrillville) The Hanover Central football Wildcats (1-1) battled perennial state power Andrean for three quarters, but 59er RB Ryan Walsh wouldn’t allow the Wildcats to catch them from behind.

Playing catch-up all night, the Wildcats trailed Andrean (1-1) by just one possession, 30-23, heading into the 4th quarter.

But Walsh scored two of his five touchdowns in the final quarter, allowing the Niners to pull ahead for a 44-23 win, Andrean’s fourth win over the Wildcats in three years.

Walsh had a career night: 328 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, including long-distance runs of 76, 44, 65, and 43 yards.

Hanover head coach Brian Parker tipped his cap to Walsh, but was also quick to praise Andrean’s offensive line, which paved the way for 397 rushing yards total.

For much of the game, Walsh’s legs were matched by Hanover QB Tyler Fruehling’s arm. Fruehling threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns, including an electric 92 yarder to Jack Kuiper. Fruehling’s 42 yard TD strike to Adam Graham late in the 3rd quarter had Wildcat fans thinking upset.

But Andrean’s blitzing defense pinned their ears back late, pressuring Fruehling, and ending any HC threat.

Hanover’s defense was led by Austin Foster and Ryan Hildeman, who had nine tackles each. Kyle Haessly had an exciting 35 yard interception return that set up a 4 yard Graham TD run.

Hanover had 295 yards of total offense, more than 100 yards greater than they registered in two 2018 games against the Niners combined.

HC visits Culver Military Academy next week.

For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s Week 2 loss to Andrean, 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