FIRED UP: The Hanover bench explodes in celebration after receiver Ricky Windell (above and below, 21) makes a diving catch in front of Bluffton defender Delano Whidbee during Saturday’s homecoming game at L.S. Ayres Field. The Panthers rolled to a 41-0 win, their second-straight victory. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
FIRED UP: The Hanover bench explodes in celebration after receiver Ricky Windell (above and below, 21) makes a diving catch in front of Bluffton defender Delano Whidbee during Saturday’s homecoming game at L.S. Ayres Field. The Panthers rolled to a 41-0 win, their second-straight victory. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover gave a royal beating to Bluffton (Ohio) 41-0 on homecoming Saturday afternoon at L.S. Ayres Field.

For the second straight week, the Panthers' defense and offense dominated an opponent. Hanover racked up a season-high 431 yards of offense, 177 yards in the second quarter alone, while pitching the shutout.

"It's a big one for us," Hanover coach Steve Baudendistel said. "I talked to the team and we wanted to put a show on for the alums that planned to come back. Plus prove to them we were better than our record. We wanted to prove to ourselves we were better and I think we proved that."

Running back Spencer Corrao and quarterback Dexter Britt both had big games for the Panthers. Corrao, a junior from New Albany and Providence High School, rushed for more than a hundred yards for the second-straight week, finishing with 126 on 19 carries to go with three touchdowns.

"He's definitely our workhorse back there," Baudendistel said. "We're going to need him to do that every week. Three touchdowns today, really proud of him."

Not to be outdone, Britt, a senior from Louisville, was 17-for-24 passing for 232 yards and a touchdown. The speedy Male High School grad also rushed for 46 yards and two scores.

"Dexter (Britt) played really well today." Baudendistel said. "We put everything in his hands. How he goes, we go. He threw the ball really well. His checks were good today. He did exactly what we needed him to do."

After a scoreless first quarter, Hanover (2-4, 2-2 Heartland) exploded for 28 points in the second period to blow open the game.

Corrao opened the scoring when he punched the ball in from 12 yards out early in the second. Defensive back Derrick Worden staked the Panthers to a 14-0 lead when he pounced on a fumble in the end zone midway through the quarter.

Hanover closed the half with a Britt to Corrao 14-yard scoring pass with 1:42 left and a Britt 3-yard run at the halftime horn.

The Panthers tacked on two more scores in the second half. Britt ran in from seven yards out late in the third quarter and Corrao punched it in from four yards out early in the fourth.

The only thing left for Hanover was to hold on for the shutout. Bluffton (1-6, 1-4 HCAC) came into the game averaging 23 points a game and 250 yards on offense. However, the Beavers were limited to just 126 yards for the Panthers' first shutout over Bluffton since a 24-0 win in 1980.

"That's a Bluffton team that was up on Rose-Hulman last week 20-0," Baudendistel said. "They're a very capable offense, good running backs and good receivers. Our defense came up huge today. (Defensive coordinator) Denny Dorrel has been a coordinator for about eight years. This was his first career shutout. Very proud of him and the defense."

Hanover's defense carried over its great play from last week with four more sacks and two more turnovers. Jake Stillwell, who had a career-high 4.5 sacks last week, picked up two more on Saturday.

"It's huge for their confidence," Baudendistel said of the defense. "This is an experienced group. They work really hard doing a great job. We're going to attack every single week. It's just getting people in the box and in the backfield. It's being able to cover well. Our secondary, they're four seniors and a junior back there. Those guys are covering really well."

The win was Hanover's eight straight over Bluffton and the Panthers' first shutout since Oct. 8, 2011 when they blanked Earlham 62-0.

"All lot of positives to take out of today's game. It gives us momentum, confidence for sure," Baudendistel said.

Hanover travels to Defiance (Ohio) University on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the HCAC after a 44-31 loss at College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Saturday.

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SATURDAY'S HANOVER STATISTICS

at Hanover

HANOVER 41, BLUFFTON 0



BLUFFTON 0 0 0 0 - 0

HANOVER 0 28 6 7 - 41



SUMMARY

2nd Quarter

HC - Spencer Corrao, 12-yard run (Dylan Dunlop kick), 13:15.

HC - Derrick Worden, 0-yard fumble recovery (Dylan Dunlop), 6:53.

HC - Spencer Corrao, 14-yard pass from Dexter Britt (Dylan Dunlop kick), 1:42.

HC - Dexter Britt, 3-yard run (Dylan Dunlop kick), 0:00.

3rd Quarter

HC - Dexter Britt, 7-yard run (Dylan Dunlop kick failed), 3:57.

4th Quarter

HC - Spencer Corrao, 4-yard (Ben Wheeler kick), 9:57.

BU HC

First Downs 8 24

Rushes-Yards 33-64 45-199

Comp-Att-Int 7-23-1 17-25-0

Pass Yards 62 232

Total Yards 126 431

Penalties-Yards 10-86 7-70

Punts-Avg. 9-39.1 3-50.7

Punt Ret.-Yards 1-(-2) 1-(-5)

Kickoff Ret.-Yards 4-43 1-20

Interceptions-Yards 0-0 1-34

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 6-3

Sacks-Yards 0-0 4-21

Time of Possession 28:17 31:43

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING - Bluffton, Christian Sewell (16-60); Calib Alexander (2-9); Colt Royer (4-8); D. Thomas-Wright (2-0); Conner Sheehan (9-(-13)). Hanover, Spencer Corrao (19-126); Dexter Britt (13-46); John Fawbush (3-14); Ricky Windell (2-9); Timothy Sutton (5-4); Adam Gutermuth (1-2); Derek Dozier (1-(-1)); Jordan Willenborg (1-(-1)).

PASSING - Bluffton, Conner Sheehan (7-23-1-62). Hanover, Dexter Britt

(17-24-0-232); Spencer Corrao (0-1-0-0).

RECEIVING - Bluffton, Donovan Brown (3-25); Christian Sewell (2-5); Shawn Frost (1-24); D. Thomas-Wright (1-8). Hanover, Austin Pfenninger (5-39); Ricky Windell (4-73); Tanner Parker (2-46); Dontre Woodruff (2-41); Spencer Corrao (2-19 TD); Timothy Sutton (1-8); Layne Taylor (1-6).

MISSED FIELD GOALS - None.