Hanover Handles Football 49-14 on Homecoming Weekend

Hanover Handles Football 49-14 on Homecoming Weekend


RICHMOND, Indiana - Hanover College scored the only 28 points of the first half in a 49-14 victory over the Earlham College football team in the homecoming game for the Quakers at Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Hanover looked to score on its first drive, but Chase Lightfoot's pass to the end zone was intercepted by sophomore safety Jordan Christian. Earlham picked up one first down on the ensuing drive before Christian, also the Quakers' punter, punted 52 yards and the Panther offense took the field at its own 15 with 5:17 to play in the first quarter.

The Earlham defense was unable to stop Hanover on the visitors' next four drives including two rushing touchdowns from Shawn Coane and two passing touchdowns from Lightfoot. Leading 28-0 at halftime, the Panthers outscored the Quakers 14-0 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Earlham did outscore Hanover 14-7 in the fourth quarter behind touchdown passes from senior quarterback Wesley Hundley to fellow senior Marcaus Cooper and freshman Jamel Barnes.

Hanover outgained Earlham 511-248 overall including 286-94 on the ground. Hundley again led the Quakers in passing with 154 yards and rushing with 72 yards on 23 attempts. Cooper hauled in eight passes for 93 yards and one score.

Coane rushed 16 times for 123 yards and one score while Lightfoot completed 23-of-30 passes for two touchdowns and one score.

Kyle Treber finished with nine tackles for Hanover while sophomore Kobe Walker and freshman Austin Baker each had eight tackles for the Quakers.

Earlham (0-7, 0-5 HCAC) hosts Manchester University next Saturday.

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