HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will look to carry momentum from last week's win into its 1:30 p.m. contest at Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) this Saturday, Sept. 30.
Hanover (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) is coming off an impressive 64-21 victory over Anderson last Saturday, scoring more than 60 points at home for the first time in nearly 20 years. The Panthers controlled the running game on both sides of the ball, rushing for a season-high 246 yards, while holding the Ravens to minus-20 yards.
Freshman Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) continues to lead an improved Hanover defense, which is ranked first in the conference in total defense. Treber has made double-digit tackles in three of the four games this season, including 10 stops last week. The freshman's average of 12.5 tackles per game have him atop the HCAC statistical leaderboard and among the top 15 in the nation.
With five tackles, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown, Matt Rier (Wellington, Fla.) was named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week. With Rier's score, the Panthers now has two defensive touchdown this season, becoming one of just 17 teams in NCAA Division III with multiple defensive scores.
Forcing a pair of giveaways last week, the Panther defense has now forced multiple turnovers in seven straight games, dating back to the end of the 2016 season. Hanover is second in the HCAC, only behind Mount St. Joseph, in turnovers gained this season with eight.
Offensively, senior Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) has put together strong passing numbers since the start of HCAC play in Week Three. In two conference games, Lightfoot has thrown for 730 yards, while also completing nearly 60 percent of his throws. The senior has recorded nine total touchdowns, including four on the ground in 2017.
Sophomore Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) has accumulated 209 yards on 16 receptions over the past two games, moving him into the top spot in receiving yards for HC this season. Daugherty is averaging 77.0 yards per contest and is third in the HCAC with 6.3 receptions per game.
Hanover's strong running performance last week came on the shoulders of senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) and freshman Sam Taylor (Prospect, Ky.). Gutermuth, who was making his season debut, took seven snaps at quarterback, where he completed his only throw for 23 yards, but he also recorded six rushes for a team-high 78 yards.
Taylor earned his highest workload of his young collegiate career, running 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. Classmate Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.)also found the end zone last week, giving him two straight games with a score.
Mount St. Joseph enters Saturday 2-2 overall and is coming off its first HCAC victory in two tries, beating Manchester on the road, 31-14. This will be the Lions' third home game in four weeks, but they have suffered losses to DePauw and Bluffton in the first two contests.
Hanover has dropped four straight to MSJ, with the last win coming at home during the 2012 season, 28-24. The Panthers have found recent success in conference games however, winning four of their last six HCAC contests, dating back to last season.
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