HANOVER — Hanover junior Andrew Carroll tossed a pair of touchdown passes and returned an interception for a touchdown to lead the Indians to their first win of the season, 28-8, over visiting East Bridgewater on Friday night.
“He’s just a competitor,” said Hanover coach Chris Landolfi. “If you saw the game today, you saw the impact that he has. He’s a great player.
In a battle between two reigning Division 3 Super Bowl champions, the Indians got off to a quick start forcing a turnover. The Vikings’ first play from scrimmage was a 10-yard completion to Robert Solari, but the senior fumbled the ball. The turnover set up Carroll’s 37-yard TD pass to Jack Delahunt on the very next play.
The Indians found pay dirt again to open the second frame, with senior Liam Flynn pounding in a 9-yard touchdown to make it 14-0. Flynn carried the ball 12 times for 68 yards.
Senior Chris Greene had a monster first half, recording two sacks on consecutive plays to derail an East Bridgewater drive. Late in the second quarter, Greene extended the Indians’ lead to 21-0 with a 45-yard touchdown reception.
The Vikings found success moving the ball, but East Bridgewater was its own worst enemy at crucial moments, taking 13 penalties for 90 yards and committing three turnovers.
The third came on a late fourth quarter pick-6 by Carroll.
The Indians’ young defense was successful in thwarting East Bridgewater’s tricky read option offense that produced only one late score.
“When you face a team like East Bridgewater, it’s all assignment football,” said Landolfi. “Two sophomores at defensive end, Pat Damon and James Byrne, they played like seniors today.”Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.