HCAC selects Coane as offensive player of the week

Shawn Coane

INDIANAPOLIS – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its weekly football awards Monday afternoon, with Hanover sophomore Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) picking up the offensive honor.

Coane paced a Panther offense last Saturday to a 195-30 edge in net rushing yards, while Hanover outscored the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard, 48-7. The sophomore produced 148 rushing yards on 16 carries, good enough for a 9.3 average per rush.

To go along with his rushing totals, Coane had 44 receiving yards on five receptions. The Evansville, Ind. got the Blue and Red on the scoreboard during their first offensive possession, taking a screen pass up the left-hand side for a touchdown. He then followed it up with a 75-yard rushing touchdown just before the half, giving HC a 27-7 lead at the time.

Overall, Coane tallied a season-high 192 all-purpose yards. His rushing total also went over the century mark for the third consecutive game, and his effort against Defiance marked a new season-best.

For the season, Coane is now up to 144.0 all-purpose yards per game, which is good enough for second in the HCAC and 34th nationally in Division III. In terms of rushing average, the sophomore's 107.7 yards per game is third-best in the league and 31st in the country. Coane also has eight total touchdowns this fall, including three multi-score outings.

Coane is now a two-time HCAC offensive player of the week award winner after picking up the honor once in each of his first two campaigns. He is the third Panther to be recognized by the HCAC this year and the first to receive the offensive award.

Hanover is 4-2 overall and currently in a two-way tie for first in the HCAC standings with Franklin at 4-0. The Panthers will look to keep pace atop the standings when they travel to face Manchester at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20.

Contact: Tyler Jester