HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College football team will honor its seniors during the final home game of the 2018 season Saturday with a contest against in-state rival Rose-Hulman.
The Panthers (5-3, 5-1 HCAC) will welcome the Fightin' Engineers for a 2 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Nov. 3, on what will also be the College's Athletic Hall of Fame Day.
FOUR TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME: Hanover will welcome four new members into its athletic hall of fame this weekend. The Class of 2018 includes Mandy Newton Bennett ('96), Duane Dye ('81), Frank Jean ('43) and Tarrik Wilson ('00). For information on this year's inductees can be found at the link above.
HONORING SENIORS: Hanover will honor its 12 players and two student coaches prior to the start of Saturday's contest. The 14 seniors that will be honored are Nick Bass, Garrett Chesney (Kirkland, Ind.), Kyle Conrad (Georgetown, Ohio), Zach Dauer (Cincinnati, Ohio), Brody Dell (Tipton, Ind.), Wyatt Dixon (Mount Vernon, Ind.), Zach Donan (New Albany, Ind.), Sam Layden (Milan, Ind.), Brandon Merrick (Mount Vernon, Ind.), Ryan Mitchell (Dupont, Ind.), Reid Mosson, Connor Murphy (Cleves, Ohio), Jacob Rugen (Huntsville, Ala.) and Eli Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.).
THEOBALD ON NATIONAL PODCAST: Head coach Matt Theobald is scheduled to be on the national podcast, Around the Nation, produced by D3football.com, this Friday, Nov. 2. The podcast is a regular conversation between hosts Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan, as well as special guests, covering the wide range of Division III football. Visit D3football.com on Friday to listen in.
LAST TIME OUT: The Blue and Red are coming off a 19-15 setback at the hands of Mt. St. Joseph last Saturday in a top-three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference showdown. The loss for HC snapped what was a five-game winning streak and an unblemished start to conference play.
Despite five turnovers, the Panthers were able to take a late lead, 15-12, on a touchdown run from sophomore Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.). Unfortunately, MSJ rallied for a late score of its own for the win. Coane finished with 30 carries for 131 yards and the one score. Defensively, Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) and Dakota Manion (West Lafayette, Ind.) were in double figures with 13 and 10 tackles, respectively.
SERIES HISTORY WITH RHIT: Hanover and Rose-Hulman have met 69 times with the Fightin' Engineers' 2017 victory giving them a 34-33-2 edge in the all-time series. The Blue and Red took a halftime lead at RHIT last fall before ultimately falling 38-28. The Fightin' Engineers have won five straight in the series with the last Hanover win coming in 2012, a 33-27 overtime triumph.
PANTHERS CAP SUCCESSFUL OCTOBER: Despite dropping its final game of October, the Panthers finished the month with a 3-1 record. During the four-game stretch, HC outscored its opponents by 194-57, for an average scoring margin of plus-34.3. Under Theobald, the Blue and Red are now 8-3 during the month of October.
EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE: Hanover has one of the nation's most potent offensive attacks this season, led by nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Overall, HC's 455.0 yards per game ranks second in the HCAC and 29th across all of NCAA Division III. Scoring wise, the Blue and Red have posted 38.6 points per game, also good enough for second in the conference and 32nd nationally. Hanover's scoring has seen an uptick since conference play has begun, averaging 46.2 points per outing in league games. In HC's five wins, the squad is posting over 50 points per game.
RUN COANE RUN: Leading the way offensively has been Shawn Coane, who is leading the conference and among the top 20 nationally in rushing yards per game, 128.9. The sophomore tailback has rushed for over 130 yards in each of his last five appearances and is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt this fall. Not only has Coane been key in the rushing efforts but also in the passing game. The sophomore has hauled in close to 300 receiving yards this season, giving him an all-purpose average of 165.5 yards, which is 14th-best in Division III. He has gone over 150 all-purpose yards in four of the last five games, including a career-high 329 yards at Manchester two weeks ago.
DAUGHERTY GOES OVER 100, AGAIN: Junior wideout Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) recorded seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown against MSJ last Saturday, giving him three appearances this season over the century mark. Daugherty is leading the team with 39 catches and 630 receiving yards and is also tied for the team-high in touchdowns with six. The junior's 78.8 receiving yards per game ranks fourth in the conference.
DOMINATING DEFENSE: The Panther defense is coming off a performance where they held the Lions to 197 yards under their season average. As a result, HC still holds the top conference marks for total defense (270.8) and scoring defense (15.5), which rank 23rd and 33rd, respectively, in Division III. Hanover has also found success in red zone (.481) and third down (.275) situations, ranking in the top 20 nationally for both conversion categories. The Blue and Red have also conceded 19 or fewer points in all six conference games this fall.
PARTY IN THE BACKFIELD: The Panthers have been in the opponents' backfield on a regular basis this season, resulting in a top 15 national ranking for sacks per game, 3.75. Hanover is also tallying 7.9 tackles for loss per contest. Leading the way is senior Zach Dauer, who is averaging 0.81 sacks per game. Junior Chase Cope (Mooresville, Ind.) and freshman Tyree Upchurch (Indianapolis, Ind.) join Dauer inside the sacking top 10 for the HCAC.
LINEBACKING TANDEM TOPS IN TACKLING: Kyle Treber and Dakota Manion have been HC's leading tacklers this season, averaging 8.8 and 7.6 stops, respectively. Treber's mark is good enough for fourth in the HCAC and is among national leaders as well, while Manion sits 10th in the league. Treber's sophomore season has seen him add six tackles for loss and one interception. Manion's third campaign has 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a team-high two interceptions. Junior Kornell Dash (Evansville, Ind.) also has two picks defensively.
OBERHAUSEN AMONG LEAGUE'S TOP PUNTERS: Freshman Brayden Oberhausen (Louisville, Ky.) has been consistent for HC all season and is one of the top statistical punters in the HCAC. With 33 punts, Oberhausen is averaging 37.0 yards per kick. The freshman also has a conference-high 19 fair catches and is tied for the league-high in touchbacks with zero. He has also placed 11 punts inside the 20-yard line.
SCOUTING ROSE-HULMAN: Rose-Hulman travels to Hanover this weekend with a 4-4 overall mark, including a 4-2 record in HCAC play. The Fightin' Engineers lone conference losses have come to the top two teams in the standings, Franklin and MSJ, while their non-conference losses came to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio) and Rhodes (Tenn.). Rose-Hulman is riding a wave of momentum though, having won their three previous games heading into this weekend, a stretch that has seen them allow just over eight points per game.
Statistically, Garrett Wight and Noah Thomas highlight the offensive skill positions for RHIT. Wight is averaging 94.5 rushing yards per game and has eight scores to his name. Thomas, who set the program's single-game record for receiving yards two weeks ago, 226, has 50 catches for 667 yards and seven touchdowns this fall.
Defensively, Coleson Carmell leads the team with 59 stops. Jack Heyl is pacing a strong front-seven with 7.5 sacks.
UP NEXT: Hanover will close out the 2018 regular season with a trip to Franklin for the 88th annual Victory Bell Classic. The Panthers will look to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and bring back the Bell for the first time since 2004.
Contact: Tyler Jester