SALEM — New Pinkerton QB Jack Hanaway shrugged shyly when asked about his first big day behind center.
“I think I’m playing all right,” said Hanaway. “I want to get better, but my confidence is OK.”
Off to his left, co-captain and star linebacker Matt Madden could be heard scoffing at the response.
“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Madden joked. “His confidence should be 110 percent. He’s doing great!”
After splitting snaps through the opener and into Game 2 Hanaway, who seemed to grasp the starting spot a week ago, further solidified his spot yesterday with a pair of slick rushing touchdowns to help lead Pinkerton to a 27-2 victory over Salem.
“I think Jack is really feeling at home at QB,” said Madden. “I didn’t think he would be doing this good this early, but he is shocking everyone and we are excited.”
Earning the start after an impressive performance a week ago — in which he dove over a defender to score a touchdown — the junior QB quickly paid dividends against Salem.
With the Astros holding a 7-0 lead early in the second, Hanaway faked a handoff, broke left and scampered 49 yards for a touchdown.
One possession later, he did it a second time, again running play-action to the fullback that fooled everyone and keeping it himself untouched into the end zone for an 18-yard score.
“He is settling in very well and it has been really surprising,” said running back Manny Latimore. “I didn’t think he would get so comfortable in the offense so fast. But just seeing him last week, we knew he would be a great starter. Those two touchdowns were great today.”
The speedy Hanaway finished with 69 yards rushing on seven carries and the two TDs. He needed to attempt just five passes, completing three for 41 yards. One completion set up a Latimore touchdown and one incompletion was dropped.