Running backs Brandon Rugman and Matt Lane ran in for touchdowns and the Hanover High School defense produced a safety and preserved a shutout in a 16-0 triumph at Norwell. The Indians won their second straight Thanksgiving game under third-year coach Brian King to end their 2010 season with a 4-7 record.
The three senior captains won the annual game trophies for Hanover, which scored on its first two drives that were sandwiched around a safety by senior safety Joe Varraso. The Indians led, 16-0, at halftime and wound up allowing only 71 total yards and six first downs to Norwell (1-10).
Quarterback Mark Stearns won the Offensive Player of the Game Award for Hanover, as he was responsible for nine of the team's 14 first downs. Stearns got seven first downs on the ground, where he ran 52 yards on 12 carries, and two on 6-of-14 passing for 62 yards.
Linebacker John Armstrong won the Defensive Player of the Game Award for Hanover, picking up a sack and registering another tackle for loss among nearly a dozen tackles. Armstrong also was a crucial part of the running game (38 carries, 189 yards) at left tackle.
Fullback Brandon Rugman won the Coaches Award for Hanover after scoring his first career touchdown. His 15-yard run opened the scoring for the Indians, and Rugman finished with four carries for 21 yards. He also helped tailback Matt Lane finish with 119 yards on 22 carries.
Article: Hanover football wins Thanksgiving Day game (Hanover Mariner)
By Rick Seto
November 25, 2010
Photos: Stephen T. Ryerson