The Kearsarge football team headed into Friday night’s matchup against Hanover eager to put to bed memories of last week’s heartbreaking loss in overtime. Though the Marauders had different ideas with a big crowd on hand for homecoming weekend.
And while Hanover showed flashes or brilliance early with a couple strong passing plays from quarterback Connor Stafford to Alex Mosenthal on the team’s first possession of the night, it was all Kearsarge from there as the visiting team rushed its way to a one-sided 44-0 victory.
And the Cougars didn’t take long to establish their dominance, scoring on just their second play from scrimmage when Justin Norris broke free from the Hanover defense on his way to a 62-yard touchdown run and an 8-0 lead. Kearsarge added its second score of the game later in the opening quarter when running back Riley Antle found the end zone from 6 yards out, before an impressive 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Willio Rehor to Norris – with help from a nifty spin move – had the Cougars celebrating a 22-0 halftime lead.
Rehor added his second touchdown pass of the game early in the third when he found Cameron Webster in the end zone to up the lead to 30-0. Webster rounded out the game’s scoring in the fourth with his second and final touchdown of the evening to cap off an impressive evening. Mike Pezone spoke with Norris after the game, who talked about the importance of bouncing back from last week’s loss.
Mike also spoke with Kearsarge coach Zach Matthews, who echoed Norris’s thoughts on the significance of the win.
Both teams will be back in action Friday with Kearsarge trying to improve to 3-1 when it travels to face Merrimack Valley, and Hanover also on the road at Laconia.