Hanover stays hot with third straight 8-Man Division II state title

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(KS Prep Zone) - On Saturday, Hanover High School defeated Osborne in a matchup of two of the most successful 8-man programs in Kansas in the past decade.

Photo courtesy: Dacey Hagedorn

The game did not disappoint.

The Wildcats led 32-12 at the half, turning three Cardinal turnovers into points. Then Osborne made a comeback to push the score to 52-50 with under five minutes left to play.

A 45-yard touchdown reception from Daiken Stallbaumer to Thomas Atkins set the tone for the Wildcats win at 58-50. Hanover then stopped Osborne, which had zero timeouts left, and was able to run out the clock.

The win marked the Wildcats third-straight state title and pushed their winning streak to 38 games--the longest active streak in the state of Kansas.

It was Hanover's fifth consecutive trip to the state championship game and fifth state title since 2008.

The game also set a record for the highest combined output in an 8-man title game with 108 points. The previous record was from Hanover's victory last year against Hodgeman County, 54-48, which broke the longstanding scoring record from 1978.

Hanover's senior class finishes its career with a 50-1 mark.

(Video courtesy: Dacey Hagedorn)