Thomas More Hammers Hanover on Mitch Kramer Day
With Thomas More commemorating the week to their fallen teammate Mitch Kramer who died in an ATV accident a few weeks before the beginning of the season, to say the Saints played some inspired football would be a gross understatement.
“It means a lot to them,” head coach Regis Scafe said about dedicating the week to Kramer. “They’re the guys who wanted to bring his jersey out to every game and we had his brother meet us in the Saints walk in. It means a lot to them, especially the guys who were real close to Mitch so it was a great day that way."
Thomas More showed their firepower last week against St. John Fisher with a 48-0 win, but that seemed tame compared to the absolute dismantling of Hanover College in Crestview Hills on Saturday afternoon 84-7.
“It’s tough. It’s one of those where you just want to get the game over, but it gave everybody on the team to play pretty much and that’s what we try to get out of it,” Scafe said after the game. “I kind of feel bad, but what can you do?”
The game was never close. The Saints scored touchdowns on their first three possessions which was only the beginning of the point explosion they displayed in the first half. After six offensive touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns, Thomas More went into the locker room at halftime up with an astonishing score of 56-0. The 56 first half points set a new school record for points in a half.
The offense put up 368 yards in the first half with a nice balance of attack as they accumulated 192 in the air and 176 on the ground. Running back CT Tarrant had a full game by the half with 130 yards on 14 carries. Adding to the impressive offensive performance was the fact that the regular starting quarterback Jensen Gebhardt was banged up enough from last week to keep him from playing against Hanover, but backup quarterback Brenan Kuntz had zero problems shredding the Hanover defense, throwing for three touchdowns in the first half.
“At the end of the last game, (Jensen) ran the ball and hurt his knee a little bit, but the doctor told me that he should be better. We just held him out today,” Scafe said of his starting quarterback.
Last week’s President Athletic Conference Player of the Week, wide receiver Tyler Vogelpohl who had 207 receiving yards against St. John Fisher, had another touchdown grab on the Saints second possession of the game when he caught a five-yard pass across the middle and ran it in for a score to make it 14-0.
After halftime, it was basically more of the same. There appeared to be a mild bright spot for Hanover when Kuntz dropped a snap and lost a ton of yards on the play as the players scrambled to gather the loose ball. The Saints faced a 3rd and 45 after the setback, but, what would be a good example of the day for Thomas More, they converted the first down on a long pass down the sideline to Daylin Garland. When Myron Fears took a handoff and ran it in from short yardage, it became the tenth Saints touchdown on the day, matching a school record for most touchdowns in a game.
On their next possession, it looked like freshman running back Luke Zajac (Dixie Heights) scored on an outside run, but fumbled the ball just before he was able to cross the goal line to break the record.
If there was an area for head coach Regis Scafe would like to see his team still improve upon, it would be turnovers which Thomas More gave four up to Hanover. Scafe won last week in his Thomas More debut, and his team has yet to give up any points during his tenure with the Saints after two games.
Later in the fourth quarter, with their third quarterback Cameron Lane in the game, the Saints once again drove the field and handed the ball to Gabe Rice from the one yard line who ran it what became the new school record for team touchdowns in the game and put the score a crazy lopsided 77-0.
For Hanover, there was really nothing to report that would make their fans feel okay about their team. Perhaps the most noteworthy player on their side was punter Josh Green who was asked to punt nine times—certainly not a statistic any coach would appreciate.
In the closing minutes of the game, tailback Myron Fears scored his second touchdown of the game to crack the 80 point mark.
Hanover finally scored a late touchdown in the waning minutes of the game to ruin back-to-back shutouts for Coach Scafe.
The Saints will host Thiel next week in the last game of their three-game home stand to begin the season.
Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor