The Hancock Owls opened the high school football season with a solid road performance against the Brandon-Evansville Chargers, posting a 30-6 victory on Friday night.
“Coming into the game we thought that our defense would be one of our strong suits to start the season as even though we lost some key players off of last years team, we played a lot of different guys on defense so most of our starters this year had varsity minutes last year,” said Hancock Head Coach Chad Christianson. “Our offense came out early and we were able to hit Matt Thompson for our first TD. We thought that our offense might take some time to get going so we were very pleased with the performance that we got out of our kids tonight. We saw some things on both sides of the ball that we did well and things that we need to work on, and after we get a chance to watch some film, we will start to clean those up. Brandon Evansville is a very good and physical team and made it difficult for our offense all night. They have some very good players that are true playmakers.”
The Owls scored on a 25 yard TD pass from Davin Rose to Thompson early in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. They increased their lead to 14-0 at the start of the second quarter on another pass from Rose to Thompson, this time covering 11 yards. The same two combined on the two-point conversion play, giving Hancock a 14-0 advantage.
In the third quarter, Chase Evink scored on a sixteen yard TD run and Rose ran in the two-point conversion to put the score at 22-0.
Brandon-Evansville scored their lone touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter on an 18 yard pass from Titus Fuller to John Roers and Hancock finished the score with 8:30 to play in the game when Rose ran the ball in from 7 yards out. The conversion pass from Rose to Luke Joos put the final at 30-6.
"Hard fought game all around tonight with a lot of big hits,” commented B-E Head Coach Tim Pattrin. “We played well against Hancock’s running game but we just couldn't find an answer for the pass. Offensively we need to block our assignments and move our feet. This was a good learning experience for our young players. We'll watch the film, learn from it, and get ready for next week."
Hancock at 398 total yards on 62 offensive snaps. They had 267 passing yards and 131 yards on the ground. The Owls accumulated 19 first downs in the game. Rose completed 17-of-35 passes for 267 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He also ran for 81 yards on 11 attempts. Joos had 4 receptions for 64 yards and Thompson caught 8 passes for 124 yards and two scores.
Tyler Bitzan led the Chargers rushing attack with 77 yards on 16 carries. Fuller completed 3-of-9 passes for 31 yards. B-E finished with 147 yards (31 passing, 116 rushing) and just six first downs. Defensively, Fuller and Dezmond White each had an interception. Fuller and Logan Haburn led the team with six tackles apiece.