Panthers seek second straight win with trip to Earlham

Jackson Daugherty running after catch




HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will look for its second straight victory out of its bye week with a trip to Earlham College this weekend.

The Panthers (2-4, 2-2 HCAC), who are coming off a thrilling 31-28 win over Bluffton last week, will head back out on the road for a 2:30 p.m. contest at Earlham Saturday, Oct. 21.

After holding a 10-point advantage at halftime last week, Hanover found itself trailing Bluffton 28-24 late in the fourth quarter. Freshman Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) opened the game-winning series with a 25-yard run and senior Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) capped the drive with his second touchdown toss to freshman Cory Leppert (Tampa, Fla.) with just five minutes remaining.

Bluffton's final offensive possession got off to a strong start, as four straight completions gave them the ball near midfield, forcing a HC timeout. Freshman Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) registered a four-yard sack on the first play out of the break and two plays later, forced a fumble in the backfield as time expired, securing the victory.

For their efforts, Coane and Treber were named HCAC offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Coane's career day saw him total 245 yards, including 128 on the ground. Treber made 20 total stops for the second time this season, as he was also named to the National Team of the Week.

Treber, who has double digit stops in four of HC's six games this season, is first in the HCAC and fifth in NCAA Division III with 12.8 tackles per game. The freshman also leads the Panthers with two interceptions.

Coane is averaging 110.5 all-purpose yards per game in four outings this season, which is good enough for a top five HCAC ranking. The freshman also has six total touchdowns over the past four contests.

With three touchdowns against Bluffton, Lightfoot now has 10 scores through the air over the past five games. The senior gunslinger has completed over 60 percent of his passes in three outings this season and is second in the HCAC in passing yards per contest, 277.7.

On the receiving end for most of Lightfoot's tosses this year have been Leppert and sophomore Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.).  The duo has combined for nearly half of the team's receptions this fall, while totaling 798 yards and seven touchdowns.

Hanover's defensive ends, Layne Harnishfeger (Batesville, Ind.) and Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio) have reached havoc in opponent's backfields all season, combining for 7.5 sacks in six games. The two are part of a Panther defense that is second in the HCAC and among the top in the nation in team sacks per contest, 2.33.

Overall, the Hanover defense is second the conference in yards allowed per game, 356.7, while also topping the HCAC in defensive touchdowns, two.

Coming off a 66-7 loss at Mount St. Joseph, Earlham will enter Saturday 0-6 overall and 0-4 in the HCAC. The Quakers will be looking to snap a 39-game losing streak, which started with a 28-14 home loss to Hanover back in 2013.

Through six games, senior Wesley Hundley has accounted for 1,559 of EC's 1,888 offensive yards this season. Hundley currently leads the HCAC in rushing yards per game, 107.0, and has scored 16 total touchdowns this season.

Defensively, the Quakers are led by sophomore Kobe Walker, who has 52 tackles this fall. Freshman Alfago Shumake has a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss as well.

Contact: Tyler Jester