Daniel Passafiume, above, breaks Hanover College career receiving, receiving touchdown records but loss ends six-game win streak, drops Panthers out of tie with Franklin atop HCAC standings.
Daniel Passafiume, above, breaks Hanover College career receiving, receiving touchdown records but loss ends six-game win streak, drops Panthers out of tie with Franklin atop HCAC standings.
NORTH MANCHESTER - Daniel Passafiume set two school receiving records but Hanover College's comeback effort came up short in the Panthers' 35-34 football loss at Manchester on Saturday.

Passafiume, a senior from Louisville, caught nine balls for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. In the process he set school career records for receiving yards (3,396) and receiving touchdowns (37).

The records were a bright spot on a day in which Hanover's conference championship and playoff hopes took a blow. The Panthers fell behind by 21 points and nearly came all the way back with a big fourth quarter rally. But two missed extra points and two interceptions doomed the comeback and ended Hanover's six-game win streak.

The loss also dropped the Panthers out of a tie with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference unbeaten Franklin ahead of their matchup with the Grizzlies in the regular season finale Saturday in Franklin.

"It speaks a lot about the character of our team, They don't give up," Hanover coach Steve Baudendistel said of the comeback. "I don't think we had the level of mental focus that we need right now. That's my main thing. I don't know if the guys were looking a week down the road or not. I know it's impossible not to. Clearly we didn't play well enough."

Passafiume, who missed last season with an illness now has 83 catches for 826 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He passed Brian Glesing and Mike Luker in career receiving yards and passed Glesing for career touchdowns.

Passafiume already holds the career receptions mark at 337 at Hanover and most receptions in a game with 25 - the latter mark also a NCAA all-divisions record.

"He's been playing very well considering he's been doubled team," Baudendistel said of Passafiume. "He makes other teams change what they're going to do defensively. It allows our other guys to get open. He's playing well."

Hanover (6-3, 6-1 HCAC) kept the game close in the first half and finally scored with 40 seconds to go before halftime when quarterback Dexter Britt hooked up with Passafiume on a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Manchester (5-4, 5-2 HCAC) racked up 114 yards on the ground in the first half. The Spartans turned the ball over on their first two drives but still managed a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Hanover, meanwhile, was limited to 126 yards and punted on six consecutive possessions in the first half.

"(Manchester) did a few different things. They brought an extra guy in to block. They ran their quarterback very well. All things we were ready for," Baudendistel said. "We just didn't attack. Our guys were a little too passive especially on the perimeter. They didn't come up and attack the running game very well."

Hanover had the ball first to start the second half and only needed 48 seconds to tie the game when Britt connected with Shawn Gibson on a 31-yard touchdown bomb.

However, over the next six minutes the Spartans ripped off 21-straight points to push the lead up to 35-14 with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

Like they did earlier this year against Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman, the Panthers battled back.

Britt connected with Passafiume for a 5-yard touchdown pass which ended up being the record-breaker. That score made it 35-20 after Manchester blocked the extra point.

Britt scored early in the fourth off a 4-yard touchdown run but once again the extra point was missed and the Panthers trailed 35-26 with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

After a Manchester punt, Hanover scored again, this time on a Spencer Corrao 17-yard run. The 2-point conversion, a Passafiume pass from Britt, was good and closed the gap to 35-34.

The Panthers got the ball back with 3:48 left in the game and drove down to the Manchester 29 before Britt was intercepted by Jake Butler at the 5-yard line.

Hanover's defense held to force a punt and give the offense the ball back with 1:56 to play. After a couple of plays, Britt was picked off again by Butler to seal the Manchester win.

Britt finished the game 31-of-51 for 325 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fifth-straight game of three touchdowns passes or more and two interceptions.

"We played more consistent on offense. I think that was the main thing," Baudendistel said. "Manchester was trying to run the ball, chew up some clock, so we were able to come up and stuff the run a little bit better than in the first half and force them to punt and get the ball back."

Hanover will end the regular season by traveling to archrival Franklin (7-2, 7-0 HCAC) Saturday to face the 15th-ranked Grizzlies in the annual Victory Bell game. The Panthers can clinch a share of the HCAC championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament with a win.



at North Manchester


HANOVER 0 7 13 14 - 34

MANCHESTER 7 7 21 0 - 35


1st Quarter

MU - Austin Adams, 58-yard run (Kyle Evans kick), 5:39.

2nd Quarter

MU - Kurt Monix, 25-yard pass from Nick Williams (Kyle Evans kick), 3:48.

HC - Daniel Passafiume, 2-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 0:40.

3rd Quarter

HC - Shawn Gibson, 31-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 14:07.

MU - Ryne Lehrman, 15-yard pass from Nick Williams (Kyle Evans kick), 8:20.

MU - Nick Williams, 70-yard run (Kyle Evans kick), 4:31.

MU - Kurt Monix, 53-yard pass from Nick Williams (Kyle Evans kick), 2:18.

HC - Daniel Passafiume, 5-yard pass from Dexter Britt (kick blocked), 0:33.

4th Quarter

HC - Dexter Britt, 4-yard run (kick failed), 12:01.

HC - Spencer Corrao, 17-yard run (Daniel Passafiume pass from Dexter Britt), 9:12.


First Downs 24 15

Rushes-Yards 28-150 51-227

Comp-Att-Int 31-51-2 11-18-1

Pass Yards 325 164

Total Yards 475 391

Penalties-Yards 5-57 7-63

Punts-Avg. 9-27.6 7-40.9

Punt Ret.-Yards 3-21 5-11

Kickoff Ret.-Yards 5-109 5-105

Interceptions-Yards 1-0 2-12

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1

Sacks-Yards 2-16 0-0

Time of Possession 27:03 32:57


RUSHING - Hanover, Spencer Corrao (15-81, TD), Dexter Britt (12-70, TD), Tanner Parker (1(-1)). Manchester, Nick Williams (29-143, TD), Austin Adams (5-54, TD), TylerTruax (8-16), Kurt Monix (2-9), Joe Hunter (4-8), Team (3-(-3)).

PASSING - Hanover, Dexter Britt (31-51-2, 325 yards, 3 TDs). Manchester, Nick Williams (11-18-1, 164 yards, 3 Ds).

RECEIVING - Hanover, Dwayne Eubanks (9-136), Daniel Passafiume (9-80, 2 TDs), Shawn Gibson (7-70, TD), Spencer Corrao (3-21), Jacob Noger (3-18). Manchester, Kurt Monix (7-113, 2 TDs, Ryne Lehrman (3-42, TD), Alex L.Gardner (1-9).