Hanover wins 8-man II title

NEWTON — For coaches that tried to develop a gameplan against the Hanover football team this season, it must have been a nightmare trying to figure out which of the Wildcats' running options to contain.

Whether it's Ethan Diederich on sweeps, Trevor Jueneman on runs up the middle or Jerod Diederich on the option, Hanover's running game comes at opponents in waves.

Saturday afternoon in the Eight Man Division II championship, Quivira Heights approach was to try and get in a shootout with Hanover.

That wasn't the best idea.

Behind 367 rushing yards from the two Diederichs and Jueneman, Hanover rolled over Quivira Heights 66-36 and won its second consecutive state title.

The Wildcats racked up 421 total yards and scored on nine of 12 possessions.

"All season, we never had anybody who had stats that jumped out," Hanover coach Matt Heuer said. "We don't have one guy that has to have the ball for us to be successful and we stuck with that tonight."

The carries for Hanover's talented trio were essentially even. Ethan Diederich rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, Jerod Diederich had 124 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, while Jueneman recorded 117 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

"Our linemen, ends, running backs, everyone blocked awesome today," Jerod Diederich said. "It has to be difficult to defend us but our blocking makes it easier for us."

Quivira Heights (10-3) is known for its prolific passing attack, which ranks amongst the best in all classes. Quarterback Gunner Phelan threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns and his main target, Jacob Ingham, finished with 14 catches for 185 yards and four touchdowns.

But Hanover (12-1) brought blitzes on nearly every down, which forced Phelan out of the pocket and made him throw the ball into tight coverages. Phelan was intercepted three times when any lost possession against the Wildcats was crucial.

"I told Matt (Heuer) that it felt like they had 10 guys on defense because they were always in the backfield," Quivira Heights coach John Phelan said. "Our offense couldn't get anything to the outside and we became one-dimensional and we couldn't keep them honest."

Hanover (12-1) 24 20 6 16 — 66 Quivira Heights (10-3) 16 0 8 12 — 36

H—J. Diederich 1 run (J. Diederich run)

Q—Phelan 1 run (Ingham from Phelan)

H—J. Diederich 35 run (Nicholson from J. Diederich)

H—Nicholson 23 pass from J. Diederich (Jueneman run)

Q—Ingham 10 pass from Phelan (Ingham from Phelan)

H—J. Diederich 8 run (pass failed)

H—E. Diederich 13 run (pass failed)

H—J. Diederich 33 INT return (J. Diederich run)

H—Jueneman 7 run (pass failed)

Q—Ingham 20 pass from Phelan (Ingham from Phelan)

Q—Ingham 4 pass from Phelan (pass failed)

H—Jueneman 2 run (Jueneman run)

Q—Ingham 25 pass from Phelan (pass failed)

H—Jueneman 7 run (Nicholson from J. Diederich)

Individual Statistics

Rushing—Hanover, E. Diederich 16-126, J. Diederich 16-124, Jueneman 18-117, Bruna 2-2, A. Diederich 1-1, Steinfort 1-1. Quivira Heights, Ingham 7-17, Swisher 4-9, Siemsen 1-3, Phelan 5-2, Trevino 1-0.

Passing—Hanover, J. Diederich 4-9-50-2. Quivira Heights, Phelan 24-45-251-3.

Receiving—Hanover, Nicholson 3-32, Jueneman 1-18. Quivira Heights, Ingham 14-185, Riedel 4-41, Siemsen 3-25, Trevino 1-3, Jezek 1-(-3).