Hancock falls to Westmar

October 11, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - Friday wasn't one of the better nights for the Hancock football team.

Westmar outplayed the Panthers in several different phases of the game helping the Wildcats to a 30-16 win.

"I can't say enough about the intensity that our kids played with tonight," Westmar coach Shawn Swisher said. "I think that my coaches did a nice job of preparing our kids for tonight's game. At 1-4, it is tough to get the kids ready mentally. That's why I am very pleased. Our kids persevered."

Hancock coach Bill Sterner was impressed with Westmar's offense.

"I thought that Westmar had a great game plan," Sterner said. "I thought that offensively Coach Swisher had about five plays that he ran well. One of them was the sweep. That sweep helped them to get several first downs, especially in the first half. They kept on moving the ball."

Westmar (2-4) got on the scoreboard first with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter when Johnny Shingler broke through left tackle for a 2-yard touchdown run and Russell Miller threw a conversion pass to Justin McGregor.


Hancock (3-3) evened the score just 2:20 later when senior tailback Jordan Sterner went to the left side for an 8-yard touchdown run, then added the conversion run.

The Wildcats went on top for good just 20 seconds before halftime when Dan Duncan busted through right tackle for a 1-yard touchdown run and a 14-8 halftime lead.

Duncan added an 11-yard touchdown run to the left side and Miller threw a conversion pass to Shingler with 6:11 to go in the third quarter to extend Westmar's lead to 22-8.

Miller fired a 21-yard touchdown pass to Andy Morgan to the left side and ran the conversion himself just 3:04 later to increase the Wildcats' advantage to 30-8.

The Panthers scored for the last time when Sterner dashed along the left sideline for a 51-yard touchdown run and Josh Ruppenthal got the conversion run with 10:46 left.

Sterner gained 80 rushing yards on just nine carries.

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