With a 54-13 victory over Triton in Saturday’s Division 3 state semifinal at Marciano Stadium, Hanover (10-0) is going to Gillette Stadium with the chance to clinch an undefeated season and the program’s first state title since 1976.
“I just can’t wait to get there,” said Hanover quarterback Wyatt Shisler. “We just kept getting in the weight room, kept trying, we have amazing team chemistry. It all came together this season.”
It all came together for Shisler and the passing attack in the first half.
Shisler had three completions in the first half, all for touchdowns. He finished 4 of 6 for 135 yards.
The most impressive throw of the day was his first, on Hanover’s third offensive snap. Sophomore Andrew Carroll made a leaping catch over a defender on a perfectly placed ball for a 26-yard score.
“That was an amazing catch,” said Shisler. “I know Andrew is a great receiver and he looked sort of open. I just threw the ball and he came down with it.”
Shisler connected with Carroll again for a 28-yard score on a crossing route in the second quarter. After a 31-yard touchdown run by Brad Rogers, Shisler tossed a 48-yard strike to a wide-open Jeff Wheeler down the sideline to give the Indians a 27-0 halftime lead.
Rogers, who racked up 124 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the first half, added three scores on four carries in the second half. He finished with 186 yards on 16 carries and four touchdowns, his second consecutive four-score game.
On his first carry of the second half, the senior looked all but down, but he escaped three defenders at the line of scrimmage and ran for a 21-yard score. After a quick turnover on downs by Triton (8-3), Rogers took his next carry 28 yards for a touchdown. He finished his day with an 8-yard score.
“He’s been doing that since freshman year,” said Hanover coach Chris Landolfi. “He’s a hard runner, he keeps going, he’s a workhorse.”
Hanover faces Norwell on Thanksgiving before heading to Gillette on Dec. 3. Landolfi and his staff will decide during the week whether to hold out starters for Thursday’s game.Michael McMahon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.