The Thomas More football team defeated traditional rival Hanover College, 27-18, today (Saturday, September 8, 2018) on C. Wayne Perry Field at Alumni Stadium in Hanover, Indiana.

The Saints improve to 1-1 and the Panthers fall to 0-2.

FIRST QUARTER:

  • Thomas More took a 7-0 lead when junior quarterback Justin Post (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) scored on an 11-yard run and junior kicker Cole Mathias (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) added the PAT with 5:43 to play in the first quarter.
  •  Hanover cut the lead to 7-6 with 5:06 to play in the quarter when Noah Wezensky connected on a 71-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Daugherty and Dozier Combs’ PAT was no good.

SECOND QUARTER:

  • Senior running back Hjavier Pitts (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mt. Healthy) scored on a one-yard run and Mathias added the PAT to extend the Saints’ lead to 14-6 with 3:35 to play in the quarter.

THIRD QUARTER:

  • Thomas More increased the lead to 20-6 with 8:34 to play in the quarter when Post scored on a seven-yard run and Mathias’ PAT failed.
  • With 5:08 to play in the quarter, Wezensky connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jared Frank and Combs’ PAT was no good to cut the Saints’ lead to 20-12
  • Pitts scored on a 38-yard touchdown run and Mathias added the PAT to give Thomas More a 27-12 lead with 1:54 to play in the quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER:

  • Hanover’s Frank caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Wezensky and the two-point attempt failed to cut the Saints’ lead to 27-18 with 3:47 to play.
  • Thomas More then ran the clock out for the 27-18 road victory.

NOTEABLES:

  • Thomas More out-gained Hanover 487 yards (280 rushing/207 passing) to 336 yards (93 rushing/243 passing.
  • First career head coaching victory for first-year Thomas More Head Coach Trevor Stellman.
  • Post was 19-of-31 passing for 207 yards and had eight rushes for 28 yard and two touchdowns.
  • Pitts finished the game with 26 carries for 140 yard and two touchdowns.
  • Senior running back Luke Zajac (Edgewood, Ky./Dixie Heights) had 27 rushes for 112 yards.
  • Junior wide receiver Mitchell Hogue (Harrison, Ohio/William Henry Harrison) had eight catches for 72 yards.
  • Junior wide receiver Da’marco Canty (Bogart, Ga./North Oconee) had four receptions for 64 yards.
  • First-year defensive back Peyton Van Horn (Hebron, Ky./Conner) led the defense with nine tackles (four solo/five assisted).
  • Junior defensive back Thomas Williams (Oregonia, Ohio/Clinton-Massie) had eight tackles (four solo/four assisted).
  • Senior defensive back Steven Everson (Scottdale, Ga./Heritage) had six tackles (four solo/two assisted.

UP NEXT:

  • The Saints will host 17th-ranked University of Wisconsin–Platteville next Saturday (September 15) at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Box Score (Final)
Thomas More vs Hanover (9/8/2018 at Hanover, Ind.)

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Thomas More 7 7 13 0 27 Record: (1-1)
Hanover 6 0 6 6 18 Record: (0-2)

Scoring Summary:
1st 05:43 TM Justin Post 11 yd run (Cole Mathias kick), 18-94 9:17, TM 7 – HC 0
 05:06 HC Jackson Daugher 71 yd pass from Noah Wezensky (Dozier Combs kick failed), 2-80 0:37, TM 7 – HC 6
2nd 03:35 TM Hjavier Pitts 1 yd run (Cole Mathias kick), 1-1 0:06, TM 14 – HC 6
3rd 08:34 TM Justin Post 7 yd run (Cole Mathias kick failed), 11-33 4:55, TM 20 – HC 6
 05:08 HC Jared Frank 14 yd pass from Noah Wezensky (Dozier Combs kick failed), 12-66 3:26, TM 20 – HC 12
 01:54 TM Hjavier Pitts 38 yd run (Cole Mathias kick), 8-87 3:14, TM 27 – HC 12
4th 03:47 HC Jared Frank 23 yd pass from Noah Wezensky (Noah Wezensky pass failed), 7-76 1:37, TM 27 – HC 18

 TM HC
FIRST DOWNS 31 15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 61-280 24-93
PASSING YDS (NET) 207 243
Passes Att-Comp-Int 31-19-2 31-18-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 92-487 55-336
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 1-10
Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-19 3-49
Interception Returns-Yards 3-23 2-10
Punts (Number-Avg) 4-32.8 5-40.6
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 10-97 8-84
Possession Time 41:03 18:57
Third-Down Conversions 11 of 21 7 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 2 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-7 1-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-15


RUSHING: Thomas More-Hjavier Pitts 26-140; Luke Zajac 27-112; Justin Post 8-28.
Hanover-Shawn Coane 18-80; Noah Wezensky 5-13; Team 1-0.

PASSING: Thomas More-Justin Post 19-31-2-207. Hanover-Noah Wezensky 18-31-3-243.

RECEIVING: Thomas More-Mitchell Hogue 8-72; D’marco Canty 4-64; Logan Winkler
3-26; John McNally 1-28; Nick Hall 1-12; Hjavier Pitts 1-7; D. Crenshaw 1-minus
2. Hanover-Shawn Coane 5-41; Jackson Daugher 4-97; Jared Frank 4-52; Conner
Gibson 2-41; Matt Pica 2-14; Taylor Bleistei 1-minus 2.

INTERCEPTIONS: Thomas More-Jacob Stiens 1-25; Steven Everson 1-minus 1; Adam
Guard 1-minus 1. Hanover-Kyle Treber 1-10; Kornell Dash 1-0.

FUMBLES: Thomas More-Hjavier Pitts 2-0. Hanover-None.

Stadium: Alumni Stadium        Attendance: 1001
Kickoff time: 01:30 PM  End of Game: 04:14 PM  Total elapsed time: 2:44    
Officials: Referee: Les Anderson; Umpire: Scott Fisher; Linesman: Andy Hayden; 
Line judge: Scot Richardson; Back judge: Matthew Craig; Field judge: David Elmore; 
Side judge: Ron Swindle; Center judge: Hugh Davis;
Temperature: 65-66     Wind: 14 ENE    Weather: rain 93% humid.    

Thomas More vs Hanover (9/8/2018 at Hanover, Ind.)

SACKS (UA-A): Thomas More-None. Hanover-Tyree Upchurch 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Thomas More-Peyton Van Horn 4-5; Thomas Williams 4-4; Steven
Everson 4-2; Kyle Davis 3-2; Cody Coffey 1-4; Noah Sayre 2-2; Brandon Bohn 2-2;
Adam Guard 0-3; Hunter Fuselier 1-1; L. Townsend Jr. 1-1; Tyler Robinson 0-2;
Ryan Stofko 0-2; Jacob Stiens 1-0; Elijah Jouett 1-0; Hjavier Pitts 1-0; D.
Bartolovich 0-1; Mitchell Hogue 0-1; Chris McEvoy 0-1; Lavassa Martin 0-1.
Hanover-Brody Dell 2-18; Kyle Treber 3-11; Zach Dauer 2-10; Dakota Manion 2-8;
Zach Donan 3-6; Kornell Dash 1-7; Kaleb Grabert 4-2; Carson Plessing 3-3; Chase
Cope 3-3; Matt Rier 1-4; Adam Grabert 3-1; BJ Williams 1-3; Zikk Omoruyi 1-3;
Tyree Upchurch 1-1; Jared Frank 1-0; Matt Pica 1-0; Conner Gibson 1-0; Reed
Newman 0-1; Jacob Rugen 0-1; Ben Panitz 0-1; Jason Cundiff 0-1; Marcus Dunbar J
0-1; Noah Reynolds 0-1.

Cory Blackson 
Director of Athletic Communications and Compliance
Thomas More College

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