The Hanover football team successfully defended its eight-man state championship on Saturday.

The Wildcats capped a perfect 13-0 season with a 54-48 win over Hodgeman County in Saturday's championship game in Newton, Kan.

Hanover led 16-0 after the first quarter, 32-8 at half time and 48-22 after three quarters.

They were able to hold off a ferocious fourth quarter comeback attempt by Hodgeman County. Hanover was outscored in the final quarter 26-6, but it wasn't quite enough to overtake the Wildcats, making the final score 54-48.

Daiken Stallbaumer was 13 for 16 passing for 232 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball 22 times for 74 yards and two touchdowns.

Carter Bruna was the leading rusher for Hanover. He carried it 15 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. Bruna also had four receptions for 61 yards.

Kevin Diederich caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Brennan Zabokrtsky had four receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Stallbaumer also did it defensively for Hanover. He had a fumble recover and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Diederich was the leading tackler for Hanover with 14 total tackles. Pete Peters and Carlos Emanuel had a sack each.

Hanover also won the eight-man state championship last year when they beat Dighton, Kan. in the finals.

Marysville came up just short in their quest to claim a Class 3A Kansas State Championship on Saturday.

The Bulldogs lost to Sabetha 7-6 Saturday in Hutchinson, Kan.

Marysville took a 6-0 lead in the second quarter, but Sabetha scored seven points in the third quarter. That lead would hold the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs outgained Sabetha 340-122 in the game, but couldn't put the points on the board. Marysville was able to drive into Sabetha territory on almost every drive, but couldn't find the end zone. An interception at the goal line in the fourth quarter sealed the win for Sabetha.

Marysville's lone touchdown was a 16-yard pass from Jack Blumer to Gabe Pieschl.

Blumer had 17 runs for 81 yards in the game and was 28 for 39 passing for 225 yards. Jacob Backus had 14 receptions for 112 yards and Pieschl had five receptions for 64 yards.

Marysville finishes the season with a 12-2 record. Their only other loss was a 22-16 setback against Concordia, Kan. on Sept. 22.