HS football: Raiders deliver another shutout

  • Cole Shambo

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 10/31/2020 10:24:43 PM
Modified: 10/31/2020 10:24:41 PM

LEBANON — Saturday was Halloween, but it may have felt like Groundhog Day for the Hanover High School football team, which was shut out by Lebanon for the second straight week.

Eight days after defeating Hanover, 41-0, the Raiders followed up with a 37-0 win in an NHIAA Division II preliminary round playoff game at Henry Emerton Field. They will go on to face Bow in next weekend’s quarterfinals.

Quarterback Jackson Stone led Lebanon (5-0) with 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns, adding 52 passing yards with another TD.

Hanover, just one year removed from a winless campaign, couldn’t penetrate the Raiders’ armor once again, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Seamus Murphy, who entered Saturday’s game as the Upper Valley’s leading rusher (averaging 110 yards a game), had a strong performance, amassing 84 yards on the ground. Ben Williams (third-leading rusher in the UV) ran for 42 yards and made a 31-yard reception.

The visitors, however, only got as far as the Raiders’ 24-yard line in the first half and then as far as Lebanon’s 6-yard line late in the game.

Lebanon, which lost to Trinity in last year’s Division III championship game before being bumped up a division in 2020, allowed the Marauders a first down on the opening series of the game before forcing a punt by Joshua Bucci.

After sustaining a 15-yard intentional grounding penalty on first down, Stone ran for 8 yards on second down, threw to Cole Shambo for 11 yards on the next play, then broke out for a 49-yard keeper on fourth down. The junior found a hole on the left side of the defensive line en route to a touchdown with 6:42 left in the first quarter. Calvin Bates scored the two-point conversion, and the hosts were off and running.

Stone, who also handled Lebanon’s punting duties on Saturday, scored again midway through the second quarter on another running play— this time for 22 yards — before throwing to Justin DeCarlo for the two-point conversion.

Cole Shambo (90 total yards and a sack on defense) finished out the first-half scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run, which Stone followed up with a pass to Jacob Hibner for the extra points.

Nyeoti Punni scored on a 15-yard rush in the third quarter, and C.J. Childs scored on a 28-yard pass from Stone in the fourth.

Notes: Hibner intercepted Hanover quarterback, Colin Pierce, in the first quarter. … Cameron Davio had two quarterback sacks on the same fourth-quarter drive. … Lebanon has outscored opponents, 164-20. without surrendering an offensive touchdown since its season opener. … The Raiders played a regional schedule that featured matchups against Hanover, Newport, Stevens and Keene, thus have not faced Bow.




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