HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College football team celebrates Hall of Fame weekend, welcoming the Manchester University Spartans to Alumni Stadium for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up.
HALL OF FAME: Congratulations to our 2019 Hall of Fame Class, which includes three members - -Joe Matis ('03), Susan Weimer ('82), and Jason Welty ('01).
Joe Matis (2003)
Joe Matis, a 2003 graduate of Hanover College stands as one of the top pitchers in Hanover baseball history, picking up a pair of American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-American honors to go along with two all-conference awards.
Susan Weimer (1982)
Susan Weimer, a 1982 graduate of Hanover College earned eight letters during her time at Hanover, four each in field hockey and women's basketball. She also was selected as goalkeeper for the Great Lakes All-Star Field Hockey team that went on to compete for a national championship. She became the first woman in school history to compete for an athletic national championship.
Jason Welty (2001)
Jason Welty, a 2001 graduate of Hanover College led a stout defensive unit at nose guard, where he was a three-time first team all-conference selection from 1998 through 2000. As a sophomore in 1998, he earned the first of his two Hewlett-Packard Division III All-American awards, as he was named to the honorable mention team.
LAST MEETING: In last year's meeting between the Panthers and the Spartans, the Blue and Red ran past Manchester 48-14. Leading the way was running back, junior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 254-yards on the ground and 75-yards receiving. The senior finished with two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Senior AJ Breit (Louisville, Ky.) also had an impressive day at quarterback with 241-yards and four touchdowns. The Panther defense allowed just 163-yards of total offense in the contest with senior Dakota Manion (West Lafayette, Ind.) registering a sack, an interception, and a tackle for loss.
DOMINATING DEFENSE: The Blue and Red defense continues to torment opposing teams as they have forced 12 turnovers with six interceptions. Leading the charge is sophomore Kiefer Askew (Warner Robins, Ga.) with a team-high three interceptions and nine pass breakups. Senior, linebacker, Carson Plessinger (Alexandria, Ky.) and defensive lineman, Matt Rier (Wellington, Fla.) continue to be a nightmare in the backfield as the duo has combined for seven sacks, ranking them among the best in the HCAC. With 7.8 tackles per game, junior Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) also places his name among the HCAC best this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Panther special teams unit continues to dominate with a perfect 35-for-35 on PAT tries, ranking them in the top spot among the HCAC. Leading the charge is junior Austin Steurer (Warsaw, Ky.) with 33 points, while freshman Blake Simpson (Allen, Texas) has tallied a perfect two PAT attempts. Sophomore Brayden Oberhausen (Louisville, Ky.) has dominated the punting game, registering 791-yards on just 23 attempts with eight landing inside the 20-yard line.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: The Manchester University Spartans enter the contest 2-4 overall, 1-2 HCAC after defeating Franklin for the first time in nearly two decades, 30-21. In the contest with the Grizzlies, Manchester finished with 336-yards of total offense. Austin Roberts finished 13-23 through the air for 139-yards, while freshman Chico Ward caught two passes for 45-yards. On the season, the Spartans are averaging 26.5 points per game led by Donavan Henderson, Jr. with 11 touchdowns. The senior is averaging 156.0 yards per game with his longest run coming in at 65-yards. Through the air, Roberts has logged 633 total yards with seven touchdowns.