HANOVER TWP. ‚?? Mid Valley‚??s Chris Rebar took the opening kickoff 89 yards for a score as the Spartans pounced on Hanover Area early in a 48-14 win to open up the high school football season for both teams Friday night at Memorial Football Stadium.
Rebar added a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown with five minutes to go in the second quarter after a rash of touchdowns from Mid Valley (1-0) over a ten-minute span between the first two quarters that effectively ended Hanover‚??s (0-1) chances.
‚??Well since I‚??ve been at Mid Valley this is the first opening day win we‚??ve had so this feels fantastic,‚?Ě said Mid Valley head coach Frank Pazzaglia. ‚??We made some big plays early and that really turned the momentum our way and those big special team plays helped us keep it going.‚?Ě
On both of his runbacks Rebar found little resistance, taking the opening kick through a wide gap courtesy of his blockers and later picking up a punt on two hops, heading outside the pursuit and sprinting down the sideline for a 35-0 lead with 5:08 to go in the second quarter.
Rebar‚??s special teams fireworks provided a fine compliment to a Spartans team that throughout the first quarter methodically churned through the Hawkeyes‚?? defense.
Mid Valley‚??s first drive covered 69 yards, 62 of which came on the ground as the Spartans established Tyler Collins with four funs for 41 yards before quarterback Matt Tanner scooted in from a yard out for a 14-0 lead at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter.
Hawks running back Brian Belcher put his team on the board with a touchdown late in the third quarter and finished his night with 94 yards on 20 carries, albeit the majority of his damage coming in the second half against the Spartans backups.
Mid Valley 48, Hanover Area 14
MV ‚?? Chris Rebar 89 kick return (Tyler Collins kick) 11:49
MV ‚?? Matt Tanner 1 run (Collins kick) 5:38
MV ‚?? Ron Tomasetti 1 pass (kick failed) 11:55
MV ‚?? Collins 43 run (Tanner run) 7:36
MV ‚?? Rebar 60 punt return (Collins kick) 5:08
MV ‚?? Collins 2 run (Collins kick) 3:13
MV ‚?? Tom Davis (pass failed) 3:15
HAN ‚?? Brian Belcher 1 run (Dillon Ropietski kick) 8:15
HAN ‚?? Khalil Lewis 3 run (Ropietski kick) 2:54
|Team Statistics||Mid Valley||Han Area|
RUSHING ‚?? MV ‚?? Collins 10-113, Corey Tomasetti 6-76, Tanner 5-31, Martin Walsh 1-17, Tyler Shay 1-5; HAN ‚?? Belcher 20-94, Mike Kremenic 4-27, Ian Murphy 3-10, Khalil Lewis 3-9, Casey O‚??Mack 2-4, Ropietski 6-0, Ya‚??Sir Jones 7 ‚?? (-5).
PASSING ‚?? MV ‚?? Tanner 3-3-0-30; HAN O‚??Mack 2-5-0 10
RECEIVING ‚?? MV ‚?? R. Tomasetti 2-23, Rebar 1-7; HAN Michael Beierle 1-13, Isaiah Taylor 1 ‚?? (-3).