The Hanover-Horton Comets football team defeated Manchester Friday night 42-6. The Comets stopped Manchester on their first drive and methodically moved the ball down the field aided by a running into the punter call at midfield on a Comet quick kick. The Comets scored on a 4th down pass from Franklynn Bird to Ty Lapshan for 30 yards. Trent Hocter kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead. Dakota Manee scored from 6 yards out later in the quarter and Hocter’s kick gave the Comets a 14-0 advantage after 1 quarter. Bird scored midway through the 2nd quarter on a 28 yard scramble. Hocter, perfect on extra points for the night, again converted the PAT. The Comets scored with 15 seconds remaining before half on a Manee 38 yard run. Hocter’s kick made it 28-0 at half.
Bird scored again early in the 3rd period and with Hocter’s PAT it gave the Comets a 35-0 lead. Manchester got on the board with a disputed double pass play for 57 yards. Their 2-point conversion attempt was stopped. Manee finished the scoring in the 4th quarter with a 47 yard run. The victory makes the Comets 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
The Comets dominated the stat sheet as well as the scoreboard gaining 403 yards to the Dutchmen’s 124 which included a minus 40 rushing. Manee lead the Comets on the ground with 97 yards. Bird added 87 while Lapshan had 63. Chandler Garcia-Vance had 27 yards and Jalen White had 14. Also adding rushing yards was Tad Mohr with 13 and Kyle Owen with 6.
Bird finished 5-9 passing for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. Manee had 2 receptions for 44 yards. Lapshan had 1 for 30 and a TD. Garcia-Vance had one for 16 yards and Thomas Schonhard had 1 for 6 yards.
The tough Comets defense was led by Garcia-Vance with 6.5 tackles. Mohr had 5 including a QB sack, Owen had 3 tackles with a sack and White and Colin Zieman had 2.5 tackles. Christian Beneke had 2 interceptions.
The Comets travel to Vandercook Lake next Friday to take on the Jayhawks.