Hanover Holds Off Late Rally To Repeat As State Champs

NEWTON, Kan. – The Hanover football team held off a fourth quarter comeback attempt to beat Hodgeman County 54-48 Saturday in the Eight Man, Division II state championship.

The Wildcats were in control for much of the game, leading 48-14 with less than six minutes left in the third quarter, but Hodgeman County mounted a furious rally including 26 fourth quarter points.

The Longhorns scored with seven seconds left to make it a six point game, but Hanover recovered the onside kick to seal their 25th consecutive victory and second straight state title.

Quarterback Daiken Stallbaumer battled through injuries to lead Hanover, completing 13-of-17 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 86 yards and two scores. He also had an interception return for a touchdown and a fumble recovery.

Hanover finishes the season a perfect 13-0.

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