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in which AU fell 55-8 to Hanover. McGuire ran for 100 yards on 19 carries

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ANDERSON--Anderson University freshman quarterback Travis McGuire, from Frankton High School, is proving he can play at the next level.

In fact, McGuire was the Ravens' brightest offensive beacon Saturday in an otherwise bleak homecoming at Macholtz Stadium, in which AU fell 55-8 to Hanover.

McGuire ran for 100 yards on 19 carries, one for a touchdown and a few forced by the Panthers' defensive pressure, and he also broke several others for nice gains. He was the first Raven to reach the century mark rushing this season.

"When I ran the ball, I felt like the line opened up big holes and the running backs blocked really well and so did the receivers," McGuire said. "That made it a lot easier for me."

AU went 79 yards to score, and McGuire picked up 13 and 34 yards to get the Ravens to Hanover's 30. A roughing penalty against the Panthers moved AU to the 15 and on the next play, McGuire ran through the line and in. That made it 27-8 with 3:11 left in the first half.

McGuire went 8-for-21 for 43 yards, with the longest pass going for 20. He was sacked six times, for 29 yards.

"Travis is coming along," AU coach Steve Rock said. "We've got specific roles we've got him in and he's taking those roles and doing a nice job with them. I think he got dinged up a little bit today and so that kind of slowed him down from what he was on track to do even better."

McGuire is sharing QB duties with junior Jarrod Hubble of Pendleton Heights and another freshman, Alex Laccabue. McGuire threw the winning TD last week in AU's 18-12 triumph at Defiance.

"(Playing time) is just based on each week in practice," McGuire said. "The coaches are great and they've helped me a lot develop a player and as a leader."

AU (1-4, 1-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) couldn't sustain the momentum from the Defiance win. It was all Hanover (2-2, 2-0 HCAC) in the 70th meeting between the rivals. The Panthers have taken four in a row from AU.

Hanover jumped ahead 27-2 after 21 minutes and it was 34-8 at the half. The Panthers added two scores in the third quarter.

Noah Wezensky threw for five TDs, two to Taylor Bleistein, and was 24-for-35 for 229 yards. Shawn Coane scored once each on the ground and through the air and gained 144 yards on 24 carries.

"It was a really good football team we played today," Rock said. "They're not necessarily in our shoes, but they were in our shoes three years ago and they've had a lot of time to work with their guys and get them up to speed."

The Ravens punted 11 times (the longest 43 yards) and didn't turn it over (neither did Hanover). AU needed four possessions before the offense got going and when it did, it advanced to the Panthers' 8. But a pair of sacks gave the ball back to Hanover.

AU picked up a safety on the ensuing Hanover possession, when a snap to the QB got away and the ball bounced out of the end zone. That made it 14-2, with 13:04 before halftime.

Hubble played the last 1 1/2 quarters and ended 6-of-11 for 58 yards.

"We'll get there," Rock said. "We've got guys with good attitudes and working hard, and our day is coming. It's just a matter of our guys sticking with it and believing in their coaches and doing what we're asking them to do, and getting experience.

AU's undefeated 1993 football team was inducted into the AU Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend, along with Jeff Howard (basketball), Al Jones and Jennifer Ferguson (soccer) and Tim Fox (track and field).

The Ravens have a bye before going to Earlham Oct. 13.


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