Hanson Tosses Five TDs in Rout

CARRBORO, N.C. --- After leading Charlotte Latin on seven scoring drives, Braden Hanson was pulled at halftime, while the Hawks' second stringers finished off a 77-0 rout of Carrboro.

"It was a good win," Hanson said. "Obviously the score was a little lopsided, but we were able to execute and make very little mistakes and everyone got in to [the game] at the end."

Outside of a couple of plays, Hanson was nearly flawless. The 6-foot-6, 190-pound quarterback completed 9-of-10 passes for 232 yards and five touchdowns. Hanson's lone incompletion hit the receiver right in the numbers, but was dropped.

"The execution was there," Hanson said. "We were getting Brenton [Bersin] down the seam, because they were playing a cover-3 and the middle of the field was open and on the sides… We took what they gave us."

However, Hanson did have a role in Latin's two turnovers. On an option toss, Hanson couldn't connect with his tailback and Carrboro fell on the fumbled pitch. Four offensive drives later, in a football-folly manner, Hanson fumbled again while passing.

"[The last fumble] was a snap pass," Hanson said. "I'm trying to get it out there as fast as I can. The ball and my hands were just a little bit dry and cold, and it just slipped out of my hands. Before I knew it, the [defender] picked it up and was headed the other way."

None of Latin's first half offensive drives were longer than four plays. Also, the Hawks converted first downs or touchdowns on 14-of-22 plays.

Among the spectators for the blowout was John Shoop, who will be Hanson's position coach once he arrives at North Carolina.

According to Hanson, Shoop keeps in contact with him weekly.

"[We talk about] just how everything is going," Hanson said. "This week he was talking about how they might come up and watch a little bit of my game. Coach mentioned when I'm going to take my official visit – maybe after the season."

Hanson will be in attendance Saturday for UNC's bout with South Carolina. He also attended UNC's season opener against JMU and last week's victory over Miami.

"[The Miami game] was really good," Hanson said. "There was a lot of excitement there. The guys came out and played really hard and played great in the first half. They were able to pull it out and turn it into a big win.

"Every game I've been to they have won. Hopefully, the same thing happens tomorrow. They're playing a tough team, but they have enough talent to win."

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