NEW METAMORAS, Ohio — Its safe to say the drive wasn’t worth it.
The Hannan football team traveled 200 miles round trip for its non-conference game with Frontier on Friday night, and the host Cougars claimed a 55-6 victory.
Frontier (2-2) scored the first 34 points of the game within 10 minutes, on three touchdown passes from Damon Metheney to Nick Camino, a run by Zane Lamp and a run by Metheney. Metheney made 2-of-4 extra point attempts in that span, while Lamp ran in a two-point conversion.
Hannan’s lone score of the game came with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, when sophomore quarterback Logan Nibert connected with Isaiah Burgess for a 62-yard scoring pass. The point after kick failed and the Wildcats (0-3) trailed 34-6 at the end of the first.
Nearly 12 minutes had passed since the Cougars had scored when Derrick Heddleson found the endzone on a one-yard run. Metheney’s two-point conversion run was successful and FHS pushed its lead to 42-6 with 2:31 remaining in the first half.
Metheney intercepted a pass on the ensuing Hannan drive and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. The point after kick failed, but Frontier went into halftime ahead 48-6.
The lone score of the second half came at the 3:39 mark of the third quarter, when Frontier’s Toby Minder scored from the Hannan 11-yard line. Metheney’s kick was successful and the Cougars cruised to the 55-6 victory.
The Cougars — who had a slight 8-to-7 advantage in first downs — outgained HHS 352-to-156 in total offense, including a 281-to-43 advantage on the ground. Frontier was penalized nine times for a total of 75 yards, while Hannan was sent back six times for 35 yards.
Nibert went 5-of-14 on pass attempts for 102 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions for the Wildcats. Burgess caught two passes for 90 yards and a score in the setback, while Stephan Berry led all Wildcat rushers with 20 yards on two attempts.
Metheney — who ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on six attempts — threw five times for Frontier, and he completed four passes for 71 yards and three scores. Camino caught three passes for 69 yards and three scores, while Heddleson led all Cougar rushers with 69 yards on 10 carries with a score. Lamp posted 60 yards and a score on eight carries, while grabbing one pass for two yards. Minder carried the ball four times for the Blue and Gold, scoring once and accounting for 56 yards.
Hannan, which has next week off, will try to end it’s 13 game losing skid on October 2, when the Wildcats look to upset Miller in Hemlock. The Falcons, who play at Trimble next week in a pivotal Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division game, are currently 4-0.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.