In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Saturday, November 28, 2015

4A State Quarterfinal: Lake Taylor 37, Hanover 22

A despondent Hanover Hawks football team, leaving the field down 22-3 at the half Friday night to unbeaten Lake Taylor in Norfolk, returned to the field adjusted, desperate, and opportunistic, gaining 218 of their 273 yards of total offense, scoring 19 points and recovering two onside kicks. But two huge plays from scrimmage kept Lake Taylor ahead in the second half for a 37-22 victory to end the Hawks' season at 9-4.

Clayton Cheatham ran for 99 yards and two one-yard second half touchdowns, while Marcus Bazala added 65 yards rushing and two two-point conversion completions, one to Kirkland Shaffner, the other on a leaping catch by Jakob Schneider.

Hanover is now 13-10 all-time in postseason play, 2015 being the tenth consecutive year the Hawks made the playoffs, a remarkable accomplishment for a program in just its 13th year of existence.

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