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Lebanon football keeps on rolling, blanks Hanover

  • Jackson Stone, of Lebanon, right, continues to move forward through the grasp of Hanover's Brendan Logan during their game in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News photographs — James M. Patterson

  • Seamus Murphy, of Hanover, right, gets tackled by CJ Childs, of Lebanon, left, after catching a pass from Hanover quarterback Roger Lucas, in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

  • Nyeoti Punni Jr., of Lebanon, middle, finds an opening between Hanover's Brendan Logan, left, and Colin Pierce, during their game in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News — James M. Patterson

  • Brendan Logan, of Hanover, middle, comes up with the ball after intercepting a forced pass from Lebanon's Jackson Stone, not pictured, as Teddy Sumner, left, and Roger Lucas, right, celebrate in Hanover, N.H., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/22/2021 11:18:10 PM
Modified: 10/22/2021 11:18:19 PM

HANOVER — Lebanon football coach Chris Childs had a feeling it might be a special night for Jackson Stone when he took the first snap of the game.

The senior quarterback ran around the left side of the line and galloped 68 yards for a touchdown, the start of a big night for both Stone and the Raiders. Stone rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns as Lebanon (7-0) eased to a 42-0 win over Hanover (5-3) in a game that went to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

“I knew all week (Stone) was pretty focused,” Childs said. “I was expecting big things from him. He can play running back just as well as he can play quarterback for us.”

Stone outdid himself on his next carry, rushing for an 80-yard touchdown that put the Raiders in front 13-0 just 3½ minutes in. But Hanover’s defense buckled down after that, keeping the hosts within striking distance going into halftime. Lebanon’s first-half drives, after the two quick touchdowns, ended in a punt, fumble and interception, respectively.

Hanover was set to receive the second-half kickoff and try and work its way back. But Brendan Logan fumbled the return and Lebanon’s Steve Miller recovered, giving the Raiders the ball at the Hanover 12-yard line.

Three plays later, Stone was in the end zone for the third time, and the energy drained from the Hanover sideline. Stone tacked on a two-point conversion rush to make up for a missed extra point earlier to make it 21-0.

“It was so upbeat in that huddle (at halftime),” Hanover coach Sam Cavallaro said. “Our guys believed. And it was like you’re traveling on the interstate and all four tires go out. Brendan, he’s our playmaker. He’s just trying to make a play. It was a big turning point.”

Hanover began moving the ball on its next possession, but after a first down brought the ball to midfield, the Lebanon defense came up with another takeaway, this time with Connor Brown recovering a fumble. Stone turned that turnover into his fourth rushing touchdown of the night, this one from 35 yards out.

Hanover’s best chance to score came on the drive after that — HHS moved the ball inside the Raiders’ 10, but Justin DeCarlo intercepted Roger Lucas’ pass in the end zone.

Even with the big lead in the fourth quarter, Lebanon kept its starters in the game. Senior Nyeoti Punni scored the Raiders’ final two touchdowns, including a 73-yard run in which he broke multiple tackles. Cavallaro took issue with this, saying he would have brought junior varsity players in if his team were in Lebanon’s position.

“I think most teams would do that as well,” Cavallaro said. “The game was in hand. I’m not sure what (Childs) was thinking. But that’s him, not me.”

Hanover also lost one of its best defensive players, junior Patrick Elder, in the second half to a lower-body injury. With Elder sidelined, the Raiders faced little resistance offensively as they continued to pad their lead.

HHS concludes the regular season next Friday at Hollis-Brookline, while Lebanon does the same at home against Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton.

“The kids played hard. I’m proud of them because it’s a big rivalry game,” Childs said. “We had some penalties, some of that’s emotional stuff, but we hung together as a group and got it done today.”

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727=3302.




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