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Former Wildcat to end college career

HANOVER – The 2017 football season will come to an end this weekend for the Hanover Panthers. It will also bring an end to the sterling career for former Franklin County Wildcat, Layne Harnishfeger. Hanover will host Franklin College on Saturday, November 11, for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

The contest between Hanover and Franklin will be a rivalry game, as both squads compete for the Victory Bell. Franklin is currently the No. 1 team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Panthers are 4-5 this season and 4-3 in the HCAC, with wins over Anderson, Bluffton, Earlham and Defiance.

Harnishfeger is currently enjoying the best season of his career at Hanover. The senior is second on the team with 58 total tackles for the year. He has six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Harnishfeger earned an HCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor earlier in the year and is 13th in the league in tackles.

For his career, Harnishfeger 115 total tackles, 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. He has forced three fumbles and recovered two.

Harnishfeger's parents, Eric and Tammy, are tailgating at Hanover prior to the game. They are encouraging any friends and fans to come and cheer on the former Wildcat in his final game. The Harnishfeger's tailgating spot is No. 126. Attendees should look for a 10-by-20 white tent near a light pole in the tailgating area near the parking lot.

There will be a player parade that goes through the tailgating area at 11:30 a.m. Players, including Harnishfeger, will be able to take photos, sign autographs and shake hands with fans.