HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will look to continue its current three-game winning streak this weekend when they host Manchester for Hall of Fame Day at Alumni Stadium.
THE BASICS: Date – Nov. 4 | Time – 1:30 p.m. | Location – Alumni Stadium (Hanover, Ind.)
ENTERING THE HALL: The Hanover Athletic Department will induct four members into its Hall of Fame this weekend. Eric Bruns '00, Julie Branstetter Combs '95, Angela Lugo Miller '97, and Leah Peelman Mysock '06 fill out the Class of 2017. To read more about our new inductees, visit the link above.
WINNING WAYS: The Panthers (4-4, 4-2 HCAC) have won three consecutive conference contests, matching the longest winning streak of the Matt Theobald era. Hanover's current stretch of strong play has them in sole possession of third place in the HCAC standings entering the final two weeks of play.
THE DO-IT-ALL BACK: Freshman running back, Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) has sparked the HC offense during the current winning streak, rushing for over 100 yards in each of the last three games. Over the span, Coane has a combined 662 rushing and receiving yards, while also scoring seven times. Last time out, at Defiance, Coane rushed for a career high 182 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 71 yards and one score in the receiving game.
SCORING 30 OR MORE: Hanover has scored over 30 points in four games this season, including each of the last three outings. When the Blue and Red have scored at least 30 points this fall, they are a perfect 4-0. With Theobald at the helm, HC has unblemished 7-0 mark when surpassing the 30-point plateau. In six conference contests this fall, HC is averaging 38.2 points per game.
STOPPING THE RUN: The Hanover run defense has been stout all season long, giving up less than 100 yards per game. Conceding just 98.5 yards per contest on the ground, HC is first in the HCAC and among the top 35 nationally in rushing defense. Hanover has given up less than 100 rushing yards in three straight games.
TREBER TOPS IN TACKLES: Freshman linebacker Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) continues to lead the HCAC in tackles this season, averaging 11.5 per game, which is also good enough for 11th-best in NCAA Division III. The freshman was one of six players to tie for the team high in tackles last week with six and he has six games this year with at least nine total stops.
LIGHTFOOT RACKING UP YARDS: Senior quarterback Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) is having a career year, racking up 2,097 yards and 14 touchdowns over eight games. The senior also needs just 257 passing yards to record 5,000 for his career. Lightfoot is completing over 23 passes per game this fall, which is second in the HCAC and 15th nationally.
D-ENDS IN THE BACKFIELD: Seniors Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Layne Harnishfeger (Batesville, Ind.) have wreaked havoc in opponent's backfields all season long, combining for 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Both Dauer and Harnishfeger are ranked among the top five in the HCAC in total sacks.
THE OPPONENT: Manchester enters Saturday's contest with an overall mark of 4-4, including a 3-3 record in HCAC play. The Spartans have won three of their last four overall and hold a 3-2 record away from home this fall. Offensively, MU is averaging 23.8 points and 362.0 yards per game, with most of the damage coming on the ground, 184.5 yards per contest. The defense has allowed 407.0 yards per game, while conceding 33.1 points per outing.
Contact: Tyler Jester