Late Fruehling TD pass gives Hanover Central 26-20 win at River Forest
from Lowell Tribune
(New Chicago) In a game that saw five lead changes, the Hanover Central football Wildcats (3-1, 2-0 GSSC) scored with :47 left on the clock to earn a hard-fought 26-20 win over River Forest (0-4, 0-2 GSSC).
Junior QB Tyler Fruehling escaped a sack, scrambled to his left, then found Jack Kuiper for a 13 yard TD pass to take the lead. The Ingots had one last shot to tie the game, but the Hanover defense rallied to secure the victory.
Fruehling put the team on his back in the 2nd half, rushing for two TD’s (29, 12 yards) in addition to his game-winning throw to Kuiper. Fruehling finished with 150 yards rushing on 21 carries, and added 57 passing yards.
Both teams played a scoreless 1st quarter. Hanover CB Evan Momcilovic thwarted a score with an interception in the end zone late in the 1st quarter, and early in the 2nd quarter Brandon Demoff took an option pitch 45 yards for the first Wildcat TD (XP failed) to give HC a 6-0 lead.
The Ingots recovered a Wildcat fumble and took advantage, with River Forest QB Kyle Moore scoring from 1 yard out (2 pt pass conversion good), giving the Ingots the 8-6 lead they would take with them to the locker room.
A Fruehling 29 yard TD run (2 pt run failed) capped a 62 yard drive and put Hanover up 12-8 with 9:48 in the 3rd quarter.
River Forest would answer. Moore tossed a 1 yard TD pass to Javier Bugla (2 pt run failed) to put the Ingots back on top 14-12.
On the Ingots’ next possession, Wildcat defensive back Sammy Young intercepted a Moore pass at midfield, returning it to the RF 34 yard line. That turnover set up a Fruehling 12 yard TD run (2 pt conversion pass to Demoff good), giving the Wildcats the lead back, 20-14 early on in the 4th quarter.
HC’s defense got the ball back and the Cats were driving, hoping to go up two scores, when Ingot DB Judah Lewis picked off a Fruehling pass in the end zone. River Forest then went on an 80-yard scoring march, capped by a Moore 46 yard TD pass to Lewis, tying the game with 3:52 left on the clock. The Hanover defense came up with a big stop on the 2 point conversion pass to keep the game knotted at 20.
Fruehling then led his team on a 7 play, 65-yard drive to the winning score. The key play of the drive came on a 3rd and 9 at their own 36: sophomore Adam Graham stretched to make a fingertip catch at midfield, extending the drive.
The Wildcats survived an impressive performance from Ingot QB Moore, who finished with 178 yards passing and 2 TD’s, and 33 yards rushing and 1 TD. Lewis had 7 catches for 111 yards and a TD.
Defensively, HC was led by Michael Simon and Brett Driscoll (10 tackles). John Miller had 9 tackles, including a key sack early in the game. Young had 8 tackles to add to his interception..
For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s Week 4 win over the Ingots, 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