Madison had a 39-game winning streak, and hadn’t lost a game since November 21, 2009. And, in 2012, Madison beat Hanover Park in the first round of playoffs. On September 28, 2013, however, the Hanover Park Hornets toppled the Madison dynasty with a 28-7 upset and put an end to their division rival’s fun. Hanover Park has always been a well-coached team that goes into every game with a drive to dominate every play. They are an in-the-moment, in-your-face, hard-hitting machine. Just ask Madison.
Last year Christian Bassolino, cousin of stud running back and 2014 graduate Anthony, filled in for Matt Hoberman when the QB was injured, which means this year the Hornets will have experience as well as athleticism in their leader. Nick Chaplin RB/LB (senior) was a force on offense last year and will return as a prolific rusher for the Hornets. Important returning players also include Mike Bruke OL/DL, a thrower for the Hanover Park track team; and Anthony Trapasso OL/LB, who has a season to make up after last year’s devastating ankle injury.
Chink in the Armor
The Hornets graduated 22 senior starters, which means most of this team hasn’t started in any game, let alone a big one.
Thoughts on 2013
Newton and Jefferson made up two of Hanover Park’s three losses. Last year’s Jefferson team was powered by the J.R. Reese motor, and the four–year starter has graduated, along with RB Kyle Neuschatz and TE Tyler Zimmerman. The 2013 Newton loss went something like this: an early Newton TD was answered by six second-quarter points for HP. So, at the half, it was 7-6, Newton, where it stayed until three minutes remained in the fourth quarter, and Newton broke free for an 83-yard TD. Two big plays, and the final score was 13-6, Newton.
Coach Moore says, “we are a one-week, one-game-at-a-time mind set, and we can not afford to look past anyone,” which speaks to that intensity we expect from his squad. But Madison will be out for blood, so this is my must-see match-up (Nov. 8, 1PM, at Madison).
“We are not looking to rebuild, but just to reload with the next group of seniors who are prepared and ready to step into their roles and continue to be successful.” We believe you, Coach. Nothing less would do at Hanover Park.
Despite a reputation as a hard nosed football school, Hanover Park has only one state championship title, in 1990, in their over 60 years.