The Archbishop Hannan defense held the Pope John Paul Jaguars to 101 yards and forced three turnovers in registering a 28-3 victory in a nondistrict game at Lester Latino Field.
“It’s unbelievable how good our defensive coaches did in this game plan” said Hannan coach Scott Wattigny. “Penalties hurt our offense in the first half. We did much better in the second half.”
The Hawks (3-0) outscored the Jaguars 21-0 in the second half.
“We got tired in the second half,” Jaguars coach Brett Bonnaffons said. “I’m proud of my kids, they kept trying. We just need to do a better job of coaching them.”
The Hawks held a 30:50-17:10 edge in time of possession.
Dawson Millen set up the first score for the Hawks when he returned a punt 19 yards to the Jaguars 33 -ard line. Six plays later Brendan David scored on a 10-yard touchdown run. Seth Caillouet added the extra point as Hannan took a 7-0 lead with 3:12 remaining in the first quarter.
Pope John Paul (1-2) cut the deficit to 7-3 on a 30-yard field goal by Kade Dixon. The score was setup when Connor Schenck recovered a fumble at the Hawks 13-yard line.
Neither team got much going in the first half. The Hawks had 73 yards rushing and 5 yards passing for 78 total yards. The Jaguars managed just 67 total yards.
Cameron O’Brien led the Hannan defense with two interceptions in the first half.
“This win was a team effort,” O’Brien said. “Offense and defense stepped up.”
Hannan stopped Pope John Paul on its opening possession of the third quarter. Hannan then drove 67 yards in 11 plays. Christopher Rabensteiner scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-3.
The Hawks then kicked off out of bounds, and the Jaguars took over at their 35-yard line. Pope was stopped with the ball touching the 45. The officials measured and determined the play was short of a first down. The Jaguars lost 2 yards on the next play and then faked a punt and came up short, turning the ball back over to Hannan.
The Hawks scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put the game away.
“We struggled in the first half,” Caillouet said. “We have a chance to be a good team if our defense plays like this.”
Caillouet had 78 yards rushing on 11 carries and the last touchdown of the game. He also converted all four extra points attempts.
Rabensteiner had 62 yards rushing on 16 carries and two touchdowns. David finished with 84 yards rushing on 20 carries.
The Jaguars had 50 yards rushing and 51 yards passing on 43 plays.
Hannan finished with 233 yards rushing and 266 total with 188 of those yards coming in the second half. The Hawks were penalized 12 times for 94 yards.