ASHTON, W.Va. — The Hannan football team gave up a lot of points early but held strong in the second half Friday night in Mason County. Federal Hocking took the 40-6 victory over the Wildcats.
The Lancers (2-1) took the opening kickoff from back to their own 47 yard line where they began the the games opening drive. At the 8: 33 mark Federal Hocking’s Andrew Smith broke an 14 yard run for a touchdown capping off an eight play drive.
After forcing Hannan (1-2) to go three-and-out on its first drive of the game FHHS took back over at the Hannan 46 yard line. The Lancer’s Delbert Crum took the hand off on the first play of the drive 46 yards for the score, and following the Terrance Mayle kick, put Federal Hocking up 13-0.
The Wildcats earned their first first down of the game on their second drive when Elijah Sowards broke a 17 yard run, but Hannan was forced to punt just four plays later.
FHHS again started it’s drive in Hannan territory and on the opening play, a pass from Kyle Jackson to Smith, scored a touchdown. Hannan blocked the extra point attempt and trailed 19-0.
The Wildcats were forced into a three-and-out on their net drive and the Lancers took over at the HHS 45 yard line. it took just three plays and 1:10 for Federal Hocking to score again, with a 40 yard carry by Ivan Santiago. Mayle knocked the extra point through and gave the Lancers the 26-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Hannan was pinned deep in its own teritory at the begining of the second period when Federal Hocking stripped the ball and recovered the fumble on the seven yard line. Mayle ran the ball up the middle and into the endzone on the very next play, and following his point after touchdown kick, gave the Lancers the 33-0 lead.
After another three-and-out Hannan was forced to punt and an excellent return set the Lancers up on the HHS 19 yard line. on the first play of the drive Peyton Seel took the handoff into the endzone for six. Mayle’s extra point gave FHHS a 40-0 lead.
Back-to-back runs by Sowards and Zac Camp gave the Wildcats a first down but thats all the could muster and they were forced to punt. Federal Hocking’s next drive was plagued by penalties and the Lancers failed to find pay dirt for the first time in the game. Hannan regained possession its own 20 yard line but the clock ran out and it was halftime.
Hannan received the ball to open the half and earned a first down on a nine yard carry an 11 yard carry by Brad Fannin. Jarad Lunsford took the first down carry 10 yards and gave Hannan another first down. Federal Hocking’s defense buckled down and forced Hannan to turn the ball over on downs.
Hannan’s defense stood strong and forced a turnover on downs of their own on the ensuing FHHS drive. The Wildcats were forced to punt on their next drive and the Lancers were in striking distance again to start the fourth quarter. The FHHS field goal attempt was blocked and Hannan took over on its own 20 yard line.
On the first play of The Wildcats drive running back Matt Wallace ran 76 yards to the Lancers four yard line. Charles Mayes took the ball into the endzone for Hannan on the quarterback keeper giving the Wildcats six points.
Federal Hocking missed a field goal on it’s next drive giving Hannan the ball on 20 yard line again. Mayes ran for two first downs on the Wildcats drive but FHHS forced a turnover on downs. Penalties haulted the Lancers and the clock ran out before they could score. Federal Hocking took the 40-6 victory on the road.
Hannan was led on the ground by Wallace, who had 83 yards on five carries. Mayes had 37 yards on nine carries with one touchdown, Sowards had eight yards on eight carries and Fannin finished with six yards on four carries for the Wildcats. Hannan finished with 118 rushing yards on the night. Mayes threw one pass, but it fell incomplete. The Wildcats fumbled five times but only lost one. HHS committed just two penalties in the game for a total of 30 yards and The Wildcats gained seven first downs on the night.
The Lancers running game was led by Crum with 61 yards on four carries and a touchdown, Seel with 57 yards on six carries and a touchdown, and Mayle with 55 yards on eight carries and a touchdown. Alfonso Cobb ran three times for 41 yards, Ivan Santiago ran once for 40 yards and a score, Devon Maxey ran six times for 36 yards, Smith ran four times for 30 yards and a touchdown, Devon Robinson ran eight times for 20 yards, and Jackson ran once for two yards to round out the Lancers running attack. Federal Hocking had 342 rushing yards as a team.
Jackson completed one pass for the Lancers, a 45 yard touchdown to Smith. Federal Hocking fumbled once but recovered it, committed eight penalties totalling 65 yards, and had 13 first downs on the night.
The Wildcats play host to Sherman next Friday night at 7:30.