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High School Football: Panthers' run game chops Timber Ridge

October 18, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK — Hancock used a powerful running game to spoil Timber Ridge’s varsity season debut Thursday night, shutting out the Titans 42-0 at Imphong Field to improve to 8-0 in the all-time series.

The Panthers (3-5) didn’t attempt one pass in the game, totaling 207 yards of offense on the ground.

Hancock’s runners set the tone early, scoring 22 points in the first quarter.

The Panthers went up 8-0 on a 29-yard touchdown run by Jordan Keefer and a two-point run by Nate Souders. A little more than two minutes later, Souders scored on his only official carry of the game, a 16-yarder up the gut. With less than two minutes left in the quarter, quarterback Jesse Wolford took a fourth-and-31 carry 60 yards to paydirt.

“The offense has been a definite change for us. We’ve had some unselfish kids that have switched from skill positions to linemen and that’s paid off for us,” said Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey. “All of our backs are dangerous. We’ve got four guys that can take it to the house and make plays. We’ve been on the other side of powerful running games recently, so tonight was a nice change.”

The three-headed monster of Keefer, Wolford and Kyle Delucia combined for 196 yards and four scores on the ground. Keefer’s second touchdown came in the third quarter on a 46-yard scamper with 1:30 remaining in the period. Keefer totaled 101 yards on only four carries.

Delucia started the second quarter at tailback in place of Keefer, totaling 44 yards in the game and scoring with 5:20 left in the first half.

“We had the second team in for a good chunk of the game and had a good rotation throughout,” said Mahaffey. “It was a good game to get everybody experience on the field.”

Hancock’s defense also showed up with a chip on its collective shoulder. The Panthers held the Titans (0-1) to 23 total yards, 11 on the ground and 12 through the air.

Hancock’s defensive backfield came up with two picks, one by Wolford and another by Souders. Souders’s interception went for a 28-yard score in the third quarter, which started the running clock.

“I’m happy with our defense and special teams tonight. I believe tonight’s game marks seven straight quarters that our first-team defense hasn’t given up a score,” Mahaffey said. “Two straight wins feels good. Let’s keep this winning streak going.”

Hancock 42, Timber Ridge 0
Timber Ridge     0    0    0    0    —    0
Hancock    22    6    14    0    —    42
First Quarter
H—Jordan Keefer 29 run (Nate Souders 2-pt. conversion)
H—Souders 16 run (Souders 2-pt. conversion)
H—Wolford 60 run (2-pt. conversion failed)
Second Quarter
H—Delucia 15 run (2-pt. conversion failed)
Third Quarter
H—Souders 28 interception return (Tanner Faith 2-pt. conversion)
H—Keefer 46 run (2-pt. conversion failed)
    TR    H
Rushes-yards    17-11    23-207
Passing yards    12    0
Comp-Att-Int     5-10-2    0-0-0
Total offense    27-23    23-207
Punts-avg.    3-19    1-29
Fumbles-lost    3-0    2-0
Penalties-yards    1-0    5-40


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