The 2016 Hanover football team might look a little different than the team that brought the local residents out in droves a year ago, but the Nighthawks still pack a mean punch.
Hanover knocked off James Buchanan, 55-36, on Friday in a season opener much more one-sided than the score indicates. Hanover led 55-12 midway through the third quarter before the Nighthawks reserves allowed three fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Five players scored for Hanover, and four of them recorded multiple touchdowns. Cam Mumma stepped into the quarterback shoes of Kyle Krout with four touchdowns from his nine completions.
The first score came just 54 seconds into the game when senior wideout Resean Williams ran a crossing pattern and snagged Mumma’s pass against his shoulder pads before racing 68 yards for the score.
“I challenged them in the pre-game speech to start fast,” Hanover coach Bill Reichart said. “I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Hanover has just four seniors on the roster, but two of them played a critical role in making the transition easier for Mumma, a junior.
Williams touched the ball four times and scored on three of those plays. He had a 12-yard touchdown run in the end of the first quarter and scored on a 19-yard run in the second quarter, capping a hectic stretch where the two teams combined for four touchdowns in 2:35.
“He’s electric,” Reichart said of Williams, who also had an interception on defense. “When he’s on the field, he makes plays. He is one special player.”
While Williams brought speed and elusiveness to the offense, classmate Hunter Martz contributed his two touchdown catches and anchored the defense at linebacker through solid, steady play.
“We put him in a tight end position, an H-back, and he’s a very difficult matchup for most teams,” Reichart said.
Justin Barnes ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Logan Brown had one touchdown catch for Hanover. Everett Kenworthy added a first-quarter field goal.
“We were maybe a little bit surprised at our success early on,” Reichart said. “We did struggle a little bit early to develop our running game, but once we got everything clicking, we had whatever we wanted.”
Cormac Houpt was the one real thorn in Hanover’s side for James Buchanan with two long touchdown runs. He finished with 192 yards rushing.
Hanover -- Resean Williams 68 pass from Cam Mumma (Everett Kenworthy kick), 11:06
Hanover -- Kenworthy 24 FG, 8:11
Hanover -- Logan Brown 53 pass from Mumma (kick blocked), 5:43
Hanover -- Justin Barnes 9 run (pass failed), 2:33
Hanover -- Williams 12 run (Barnes run), :24
James Buchanan -- Cormac Houpt 42 run (run failed), 11:50
Hanover -- Hunter Martz 22 pass from Mumma (kick failed), 10:30
James Buchanan -- Houpt 71 run (run failed), 10:13
Hanover -- Williams 19 run (Kenworthy kick), 9:15
Hanover -- Barnes 16 run (kick failed), 5:12
Hanover -- Martz 43 pass from Mumma (kick blocked), 6:30
James Buchanan -- Owen Stoner 10 run (Zane Bray run), 10:47
James Buchanan -- Colby Bradshaw 24 run (Evan Stoner run), 5:43
James Buchanan -- Bradshaw 4 run (E. Stoner run), 4:34
Rushing — James Buchanan, Cormac Houpt 10-192, Colby Bradshaw 5-50, Owen Stoner 4-9 ,Zane Bray 1-1, Sebastian Wise 13-(-80). Hanover, Justin Barnes 19-107, Logan Brown 9-63, Resean Williams 2-31, Brett Noel 2-2, Griffin Driscoll 2-2, Collin Gebhart 1-0, Sam Duvall 1-(-4), Andre Cabon 1-(-5), Cam Mumma 3-(-6), Jeff Jacoby 2-(-9).
Passing — James Buchanan, Wise 6-9-46-0, Stoner 0-1-0-1. Hanover, Mumma 9-10-252-0, Duvall 0-0-0-0, Jacoby 0-0-0-0.
Receiving — James Buchanan, Caden Ficks 2-8, Bradshaw 1-13, Stoner 1-11, Houpt 1-8, Cody Straley 1-6. Hanover, Hunter Martz 6-103, Williams 2-96, Brown 1-53.