September 19, 2011

Hanover Ruins Defiance's Homecoming with 37-12 Triumph

DEFIANCE, OH - Hanover College (1-2, 1-0 HCAC) scored touchdowns on five of its first seven possessions and rolled to a 37-12 victory against Defiance College (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) Saturday afternoon.

Senior running back Jeremy Cook (Batesville, Ind./H.S.) matched his career best with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns to spark the Hanover offense.

The Panthers' defense picked off four Defiance passes to help the squad post the program's most lopsided win against the Yellow Jackets since a 27-0 triumph in 1989.

The Defiance defense forced a Hanover safety early in the game to make it a 2-0 ballgame.  The Panthers followed the safety with touchdowns on five of their next six possessions, earning a 34-5 cushion at the half. 

Defiance managed more total offense than visiting Hanover in the loss, posting a season-high 378 yards on Homecoming.  DC's forward progress was washed away by 11 penalties for 94 yards, along with four turnovers and another four possessions that ended with failed fourth-down attempts. 

Quarterback Rick Powell (Rochester, Mich./Cousino) threw for 149 yards and rushed for 75 to lead the Jackets.

Defensively for Hanover, Andy Dalton (Guilford, Ind./East Central) led the way with a game-high 21 tackles and added an interception. 

Hanover remains on the road to face Rose-Hulman Saturday at 2:00 PM.  Defiance will travel south to Franklin for a 1:30 PM kickoff at Faught Stadium.

For a complete recap of Week 3 in HCAC Football, click here