Late Wheeler field goal sinks Hanover Central
(Cedar Lake) Russell Moricz kicked a 30 yard field goal with :04 left to give Wheeler a 16-14 victory over Hanover Central on Senior Night at the Wildcat Den.
Moricz’ kick capped a 76 yard game-winning drive for Wheeler (4-2, 2-2) that started at their own 10 with 3:39 on the clock in the 4th quarter. The Wildcats batted down a 4th and long pass just moments earlier, but the drive was extended by a roughing the passer penalty on the play.
Hanover held a 14-6 lead at the half. Brett Driscoll’s 14 yard TD run late in the 1st quarter capped an 84 yard scoring drive, the Wildcats’ longest of the game (2 pt conversion pass good). QB Tyler Fruehling found Adam Graham for a 23 yard touchdown pass midway through the 2nd quarter (2 pt conversion run failed).
But those would be the only points for Hanover (3-4, 2-3), which was held scoreless on seven 2nd half drives. Hanover stalled twice in the red zone in the 2nd half.
Wheeler scored on its first drive of the 2nd half on a 9 yard TD pass from Griffin Belt to Bryce Catherman (XP good). The 14-13 HC lead would hold up until the Moricz field goal.
Fruehling threw for 199 yards and 1 TD. Graham had 9 catches for 90 yards and a TD catch. Driscoll was the leading rusher with 67 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively the Wildcats picked off three Bearcat passes: Jack Kuiper had two, Brandon Demoff had another. Driscoll led Hanover tacklers with 11, Connor Wotherspoon added 9.
For complete coverage of Hanover Central’s Week 7 loss to Wheeler, 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