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Hanover football getting to be a bear

  • Hanover High's Andrew Frechette (16) tackles Hillsboro-Deering's Devin Barrett (7) during the NHAA Division II teams' Sept. 23, 2022, game in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. —Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High lineman Montana Hanchett staggers Hillsboro-Deering's Thaddeus Maughan during the NHIAA Division II teams' Sept. 23, 2022, clash in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news — Tris Wykes

  • Hanover High's Jeffrey Vidou runs past Hillsboro-Deering's Roman Finlayson for a touchdown during the NHIAA Division II teams' Sept. 23, 2022, game in Hanover, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news — Tris Wykes

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/24/2022 9:27:15 PM
Modified: 9/24/2022 9:26:26 PM

HANOVER — The tests will come soon for the Hanover High football team, but through four games, the Bears have been on cruise control.

Friday night brought Hanover’s most dominant performance yet, as the Bears took the lead on an interception return 89 seconds into the game and led by 41 at the half in a 54-7 victory over Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton.

“We’ve been trying to get better each week. One of our big goals was to execute on offense this week, and I feel like we really did,” Bears coach Sam Cavallaro said.

Junior Jeffrey Vidou may be best known for his ability as a running back, but he made an immediate impact on defense, intercepting Redhawks quarterback Noah Carter on the third play of the game and racing untouched to the end zone. The visitors then fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, and four plays later, junior quarterback Roger Lucas hit junior Teddy Sumner perfectly in stride for an 18-yard score.

On and on Hanover went from there. Following a three-and-out and a good punt return by Vidou, it took another four plays for the Bears to score again, this time on a four-yard run by senior Matt Brock.

Brock found the end zone again on Hanover’s next possession, early in the second quarter, making it a 27-0 game. Vidou accounted for the Bears’ final two touchdowns of the first half on runs of 21 and 37 yards, respectively, using a stiff-arm to shake off would-be tacklers both times.

“I had a lot of openings on the outside,” Vidou said. “All I’d do was make a play on one guy and I was free. Give credit to my linemen who blocked up front, and my receivers who blocked outside.

Vidou rushed for 85 yards on just five carries with two touchdowns, plus the pick six. Brock carried six times for 36 yards and two scores, and Lucas completed all five of his passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The Bears’ defense also forced four turnovers, all in the first half.

Hanover rested its starters in a second half that was played with a running clock, but that allowed freshman Jaysen Oriol to steal the show. After the Redhawks got on the board early in the third quarter, Oriol burst through the middle for a 63-yard touchdown run. He then broke loose down the left sideline for an 88-yard touchdown in the fourth, losing his shoe on the play and cramping up before he reached the end zone.

The Bears make the short trip to arch-rival Lebanon next week. The Raiders hammered Hanover, 42-0, last fall, but have struggled mightily so far this year.

“(The defense) has been the strength of our team,” Cavallaro said.

“It’s been tough for teams to get any yardage. That’s when you start feeling good, when you’re turning them over, not only stopping them.”

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


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