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Marauders Stay Grounded in One-Sided Win

  • Hanover High tight end Jeffrey Holt (88) is congratulated by Kegan Silovich after catching a touchdown pass Saturday during a 26-6 defeat of Gilford-Belmont. The visiting Marauders improved to 6-0 but face three tough foes to conclude the NHIAA Division II regular season. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High quarterback Mason Winter tumbles upside down Saturday during the Marauders' NHIAA Division II victory at Gilford-Belmont. Hanover improved to 6-0 this season with the 26-6 result. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Chris Robertson (32) can't come down with a pass Saturday while being defended by Gilford-Belmont's Jackson Ruelke. The Marauders won the NHIAA Division II game on the road, 26-6, and improved to 6-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Jeffrey Holt prepares to stiff-arm a Gilford-Belmont defender Saturday during the Marauders' 26-6 victory. Holt caught two touchdown passes and his team improved to 6-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint » Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Simon Roach plows over a pair of Gilford-Belmont defenders Saturday. The senior was prominently featured in the visitors' ground attack, leading the way to a 26-6 victory in the NHIAA Division II contest. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »



Valley News Staff Writer
Sunday, October 07, 2018

Gilford, n.h. — A flock of roughly 30 seagulls sometimes dipped and swerved over Meadows Field on Saturday. From time to time, the birds would land on the opposite end of the gridiron from the NHIAA Division II football action between Hanover High and Gilford-Belmont, bobbing their heads and strutting about on webbed feet.

The Marauders also covered plenty of ground, rushing for 279 yards with a between-the-tackles attack that slowly pummeled the Golden Eagles into submission in a 26-6 win. Hanover is 6-0, but faces stiff competition against Bow, John Stark and Plymouth in upcoming action. Simon Roach carried 27 times for 192 yards and a touchdown.

“You guys know that wasn’t our ‘A’ game, but you battled back and took care of business,” always-upbeat Hanover coach Sam Cavallaro told his team after the clash.

Chimed in defensive coordinator Mike Ivanoski: “The meat of the schedule starts now.”

The Marauders began the scoring on their first drive, comprised of 10 consecutive handoffs and capped with an 8-yard touchdown burst by Caleb Morse. Kegan Silovich added the extra point for a 7-0 lead 10 minutes into the game.

That score held up through halftime, with Hanover twice turning the ball over on downs in Golden Eagles territory and punting to end another possession. The Marauders’ Jack Loftus returned and fumbled the second-half kickoff, giving Gilford-Belmont the ball a short field at the 36-yard line. The hosts scored on a 5-yard touchdown pass four plays later, but Bobby Putnam blocked the extra-point attempt to make the score 7-6.

Hanover embarked on an 11-play drive without passing and moved to the Golden Eagles’  2-yard line before again turning the ball over on downs. However, Roach intercepted an Alex Cheek pass and Hanover quarterback Mason Winter hit tight end Jeffrey Holt with a 5-yard touchdown pass on the next play from scrimmage. A running attempt on a 2-point conversion play failed and the Marauders led, 13-6, with 4 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Hanover got the ball back on a punt at the end of that stanza and drove 50 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 4-yard Roach carry. Silovich’s point-after try was wide, but the visitors increased their advantage to 19-6.

Gilford-Belmont punted for the fourth time on its next possession, giving Hanover the ball at the Golden Eagles’ 46-yard line. The Marauders needed seven plays to score on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Winter to Holt, who finished with five catches for 42 yards and two scores. A bad day for the hosts got worse when Silovich intercepted a Cheek pass with 4:31 to play.

“I love those inside runs,” said Roach, adding that his body wasn’t hurting yet, but assuredly would be by this morning. “Teams get worn down and come the third and fourth quarters, they’re breathing hard and getting pushed back. They stop attacking you and sit back, which makes it easier to run.”

Hanover had become a losing program before Cavallaro took over four years ago. He’s rejuvenated a team that runs a variation of the double-wing T offense and guided it to a 9-1 record and a state semifinal berth last fall. With a large and physical offensive line, the Marauders could have blown the Golden Eagles out, but were undone by penalties and stumbles during Saturday’s first half.

Ultimately, however, Gilford-Belmont couldn’t stop Roach, who also plays middle linebacker, and Cavallaro couldn’t stop talking about him after the game.

“He’s a tough kid who makes big play after big play,” the coach said. “He was finding cracks and holes in their defensive front today, and we decided to feed him. He’s a three-sport captain, his grade-point average and SAT scores are through the roof and he’s humble. The other kids just love him.”

Winter completed 7 of 12 passes for 64 yards. Morse carried eight times for 30 yards and Loftus and Griffin Young combined for 48 yards in 13 carries.

Notes: Les Lawrence, formerly a head coach at Hanover, Lebanon, Stevens and Mascoma, stepped down from that last post after last season and said he was done with coaching. However, Cavallaro coaxed him back into action a week into the current campaign and Lawrence is running the special teams and assisting with the Marauders’ defense. … Roach’s mother, Katie, is the assistant principal at Lebanon’s Mount Lebanon elementary school, and Saturday was her birthday. How old is she? “Uh, I think 45,” said her son, pausing. “No, wait, she’s 36.”… Cavallaro’s son, Jack, a former Hanover player, is a University of New Hampshire tight end who caught a pass for 5 yards on Saturday during the Wildcats’ shutout of Holy Cross… Hanover lost to Bow, 19-7, during its 2017 playoff exit. … The Marauders’ Nick Starosta was sent off the field by the officials because his uniform pants weren’t long enough to fully cover his knees. The senior returned with them taped around the thighs to ensure lower position, but suffered an injury and did not return.

Tris Wykes can be reached at twykes@vnews.com or 603-727-3227.