ALEXANDRIA -- Bon Homme capitalized on its opportunities on Friday.
The Cavaliers pounced on a pair of early Hanson turnovers to stake an early lead and picked up a 36-0 win in The Daily Republic Game of the week.
The Beavers had things clicking right away on offense and had the Class 9AA No. 1 ranked-team on its heels early on. But one fumble flipped things around for both teams.
“We came out and competed right away,” Hanson coach Jim Haskamp said. “We came out to play to win and we were moving the ball on them. We made some nice stops early on defensively and had that nice drive going.”
Hanson (2-2) drove deep into Bon Homme’s territory on its second drive of the game. Hanson quarterback Reggie Slaba kept the chains moving with his arm and legs on the drive, which went down to Bon Homme’s eight-yard line. But a costly fumble dashed any chance of scoring. Three plays after recovering the fumble, Josh Crownover threw a short pass to Noah Heesch and he went 89 yards for the touchdown.
Crownover said the Cavaliers (5-0) could feel the momentum shift after that sequence.
“Once we scored that first touchdown, we were like “OK this is Bon Homme football,’ ” Crownover said. “We know what this is like and it went on from there.”
It snowballed from there for Hanson. After forcing a punt, Riley Rothschadl threw a 57-yard pass to Jac Conrad and Bon Homme led 15-0. The Beavers threw another interception and Crownover connected with Conrad for a 15-yard touchdown and a 22-0 advantage.
“Things just kind of snowballed,” Haskamp said. “We’ve got to be able to respond to something like that and not hang our heads and just keep getting after it.”
Crownover added another rushing touchdown in the third quarter, while he connected with Cole Bares on a 53-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
“Once we figured out our offense a little bit, defense came with it,” Crownover said. “We stopped them on D and get our defense off the field and we got some points on the board.”
Hanson finished with 109 total yards. Slaba had 26 rushing yards and 52 passing yards in the game. Crownover said bottling up the elusive quarterback was key for the Cavaliers.
“We knew it was shifty,” Crownover said. “But we didn’t know he was that shifty. He’s a pretty talented kid. Obviously that improves our defense a little bit to get to see different guys that are like that.”
Brody Chivington had eight tackles for Hanson, while Riley Ferry had six stops and one sack. Kade Waldera and Casey Haynes both had interceptions on defense.
Crownover threw for 221 yards on 9-for-18 passing and he also rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries. Bares recorded eight tackles on defense. Rothschadl and Connor Peters each had an interception.
Bon Homme will play Kimball/White Lake at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 in White Lake. The Beavers play at Baltic on Sept. 27.