LEAPING IN: Hanover running back Spencer Corrao (above, 34) leaps into the end zone between Earlham defenders D’Hari Curtis-Webster (standing) and Junior Jean (on ground) for his third touchdown of the game. The Panthers Tom Call (below), Ajani Jones (95) and Ethan Waltz swarm Earlham ballcarrier Alex Kerby for a stop. Hanover rolled to a 55-10 win on its homecoming to remain unbeaten in HCAC play. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
LEAPING IN: Hanover running back Spencer Corrao (above, 34) leaps into the end zone between Earlham defenders D’Hari Curtis-Webster (standing) and Junior Jean (on ground) for his third touchdown of the game. The Panthers Tom Call (below), Ajani Jones (95) and Ethan Waltz swarm Earlham ballcarrier Alex Kerby for a stop. Hanover rolled to a 55-10 win on its homecoming to remain unbeaten in HCAC play. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover hit Earlham early and often and rolled to a 55-10 football homecoming win over the Quakers Saturday at L.S. Ayres Field.

The Quakers, fresh off their first victory in 27 games, were aiming to win back-to-back games for the first time in three years. But Hanover had other ideas.

The Panthers scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and led 49-0 at halftime while remaining unbeaten in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

"We played well. We kind of got up on them early then we were able to run the ball and chew some clock for the rest of it," Hanover coach Steve Baudendistel said. "Earlham doesn't have a lot of guys on their team right now. They have a new head coach and are starting a lot of young guys. We were in that situation about five years ago, so I know exactly how that feels. They're going to get better."

The Panthers (6-2, 6-0 HCAC) scored on the opening possession when senior wideout Vaughn Crapser scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard pass from senior quarterback Shawn Gibson less than three minutes into the game.

Normal starting quarterback Dexter Britt threw the first his four first-half touchdown passes less than three minutes later when he connected with Dwayne Eubanks on a 24-yard pass.

Britt hooked up with Daniel Passafiume for a 5-yard touchdown pass on Hanover's next possession to make it 21-0 and the rout was on.

The Panthers scored four more times in the second quarter to extend their lead. Running back Spencer Corrao scored twice - from 30 yards out and on a one-yard plunge. It was just the start of a big game for the sophomore who went over 100 yards for the fourth time this season and had 127 yards on the ground and three touchdowns overall.

"Spencer's just a solid player," Baudendistel said. "Just another week taking care of the football. Grinding out those yards for us."

Britt threw two more touchdowns passes before his day was over - the first to Passafiume from 22 yards out and the second to Jacob Noger on a 29-yard bomb just before halftime.

Britt did not play in the second half and still finished 12-of-17 for 245 yards and four touchdowns. It's the fourth-straight game he has thrown three or more touchdowns in a contest.

"Dex did good. He took a couple sacks that he shouldn't," Baudendistel said. "There's still some times he needs to get off the ball but he made some very good throws and he was able to take advantage of some man-to-man coverage and get some guys open."

Passafiume, the senior wide receiver from Louisville, entered the game needing 183 yards and four touchdowns to become the school's career leader in both categories. He finished just short in both areas with 167 yards and two touchdowns with a reverse almost going for a third score. Like Britt, Passafiume did not play in the second half, other than to return kicks.

"He wanted to play a little bit more. He still wanted to return kicks as well," Baudendistel said of Passafiume. "He's a guy that's a competitor and always wants to get out there and do whatever he can to help the team win. (He had) another good day. He ran the ball well, too. It was reverse, he ran the ball to the goal line and one ref said he was in the and the other ref said he was out. Probably should have been another touchdown for him."

Corrao scored on a 9-yard run early in the third quarter to push the lead to 55-0. Earlham (1-7, 1-6 HCAC) finally broke up the shutout with a Ryan Acosta 32-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

The Quakers finally punched the ball into the end zone late in the game when Tre Stephens scored from one yard out to end the scoring.

The Panthers secured a winning season with the victory, the team's second in the last three years. Now the focus turns to the last two games and a chance to win the HCAC outright.

"(Hanover is) a special place to play football," said Baudendistel, who played for the Panthers under legendary coach Wayne Perry. "The seniors, the guys that stuck it out for four years, I'm very proud of all of them. I said the same thing to all of them. Thanks for sticking around. I appreciate all of them. Sticking for four years, not everyone does that. There's a select few that do. The seniors the four years before they got here I think they won 12 games. I think this senior class won 21."

The Panthers travel to Manchester (4-4, 4-2 HCAC) this week before heading to HCAC unbeaten Franklin next week. Hanover and Franklin are tied atop the league standings with identical 6-0 records.

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Saturday's Hanover Statistics

at Hanover

HANOVER 55, EARLHAM 10



EARLHAM 0 0 3 7 - 10

HANOVER 21 28 6 0 - 55

 

SUMMARY

1st Quarter

Han - Vaughn Crapser, 10-yard pass from Shawn Gibson (Dylan Dunlop kick), 12:28.

Han - Dwayne Eubanks, 24-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 9:36.

Han - Daniel Passafiume, 5-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 6:16.

2nd Quarter

Han - Spencer Corrao, 30-yard run (Dylan Dunlop kick), 14:51.

Han - Daniel Passafiume, 22-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 14:51.

Han - Spencer Corrao, 1-yard run (Dylan Dunlop kick), 10:53.

Han - Jacob Noger, 29-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 1:53.

3rd Quarter

Han - Spencer Corroa, 9-yard run (kick failed), 12:13.

Earl - Ryan Acosta, 32-yard field goal, 1:57.

4th Quarter

Earl - Tre Stephens, 1-yard run (Ryan Acosta kick), 0:33.

Earl Han

First Downs 20 23

Rushes-Yards 36-141 36-222

Comp-Att-Int 24-51-1 16-22-1

Pass Yards 277 305

Total Yards 418 527

Penalties-Yards 7-87 6-50

Punts-Avg. 6-28 3-24.7

Punt Ret.-Yards 0-0 1-4

Kickoff Ret.-Yards 3-159 3-42

Interceptions-Yards 1-0 1-40

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-1

Sacks-Yards 1-14 3-22

Time of Possession 32:58 27:02

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - Earlham, Tre Stephens (27-140, TD), Alonzo Toscano (1-6), Alex Kerby (2-3), Matt Couch (6(-8)). Hanover, Spencer Corrao (12-127, 3 TDs), Timothy Sutton (8-61), Shawn Gibson (3-15), Tanner Parker (4-12), Corey Finch (1-7), Daniel Passafiume (1-5), Trent Downs (1-1), Dexter Britt (3-1), Team (1-(-3)), Wes Rittman (2-(-4)).

PASSING: - Earlham, Matt Couch (16-35-1, 191 yards), Alonzo Genelin (8-15-0, 86 yards), Ryan Acosta (0-1-0). Hanover, Dexter Britt (12-17-1, 245 yards, 4 TDs), Shawn Gibson (4-4-0, 60 yards, TD), Tanner Parker (0-1-0).

RECEIVING - Earlham, Marcus Coby (5-58), Jalen Kenner (5-42), Tre Stephens (4-65), Lance Sherwood (4-49), Alex Kerby (4-29), Alonzo Toscano (2-34). Hanover, Daniel Passafiume (8-167, 2 TDs), Shawn Gibson (2-53), Colton Zeck (2-18), Vaughn Crapser (2-14, TD), Jacob Noger (1-29, TD), Dwayne Eubanks (1-24, TD).

MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.