Wiles comes up big for Panthers

October 03, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- Even though he is only 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 132 pounds, sophomore quarterback Garrett Wiles is making big things happen for the Hancock football team.

Wiles fired two touchdown passes and ran for two more touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 36-20 win at home Friday night against the Trinity Christian Warriors from Morgantown, W.Va.

"It felt great to win," Wiles said. "I just came out and played. I ran every play hard. It felt good to come back out and throw for two more touchdown passes. It feels amazing to be 3-2. I think we can go a long way from here. I'd just like to thank the line for great blocking. Our line opened up holes for us. Our defense came out and played great."

Wiles completed five of his seven passes for 179 passing yards.

Hancock (3-2) got on the scoreboard just 3 1/2 minutes into the game when Wiles dashed for a 10-yard touchdown run. Dakota Clark ran for the two-point conversion.


However, the Warriors (0-5) scored just 21 seconds later to reduce the deficit to 8-7, as Nick Verna tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brad McLaughlin.

But the Panthers were able to shake that off as Wiles had a 3-yard touchdown run and Clark had a two-point conversion run to extend their lead to 16-7 with 3:55 remaining in the first quarter.

Just 1:17 later, Wiles fired a 55-yard touchdown pass to Eli Souders, and Hancock had a 22-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

A 3-yard touchdown run by Verna helped Trinity trim the margin to 22-14 with 9:32 to go in the second quarter.

But Hancock answered as Wiles threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Nick Lanehart with 3:59 left in the first half to increase its advantage to 28-14.

Tanner Dobrzanski came through with a 27-yard touchdown run and Wiles threw a two-point conversion pass to Souders with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter to boost the Panthers' lead to 36-14.

The Warriors got their final score with 8:03 to go in the fourth quarter when Verna fired a 60-yard touchdown pass to McLaughlin.

"The entire group played good tonight in all three facets: Offense, defense and special teams," Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey said. "I thought the key was the the line controlled the game on both sides. We must have had eight or nine sacks tonight. When you can do that, that gives you a lot of confidence. We finished things tonight that we weren't able to complete last week."

Hancock 36, Trinity (W.Va.) 20

H -- Garrett Wiles 10 run (Dakota Clark run)

T -- Brad McLaughlin 30 pass from Nick Verna (Zach Evans kick)

H -- Wiles 3 run (Clark run)

H -- Eli Souders 55 pass from Wiles (run failed)

T -- Verna 3 run (Evans kick)

H -- Nick Lanehart 47 pass from Wiles (run failed)

H -- Tanner Dobrzanski 27 run (Souders pass from Wiles)

T -- McLaughlin 60 pass from Verna (kick failed)


RUSHING -- Trinity: Rosier 7-16, Verna 13-(-24), Walker 1-(-5). Hancock: Dobrzanski 8-97, Clark 10-41, Lanehart 14-49, Wiles 11-10, Faith 9-35, McKinley 1-8.

PASSING -- Trinity: Verna 10-23-2-204. Hancock: Wiles 5-8-1-179, Lanehart 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING -- Trinity: McLaughlin 6-129, Rosier 1-4, Walker 3-71. Hancock: Souders 3-87, Lanehart 1-47, Dobrzanski 1-45.

Trinity7706--20Hancock22680--36TriHanFirst downs919Rushes-yards21-(-13)53-164Passing yards204179Comp-Att-Int10-23-25-8-1Total offense44-19161-243Punts-avg.4-26.80-0Penalties-yards6-4010-71Fumbles-lost2-06-2
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