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.