4/9: Rhinos at Carroll County Cannons
Coming into this pivotal early season game between a pair of 1-2 North Division teams, the Rhinos have totaled 88 yards of offense the last two weeks. Perhaps the sweet elixir for Hanover’s woes will be facing a Carroll County defense that has given up 806 yards and 82 points during the last two games.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday at 1:00 PM, Carroll County Sports Complex, 2225 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD.
WEATHER FORECAST: 39 degrees and snowy.
SERIES HISTORY: The Rhinos lead 3-2. Hanover has outscored Carroll County 107-86.
LAST MEETING: Shawn Brady caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Bob Moore in overtime to lift the Rhinos over Carroll County, 20-14 on 4/18/15. Moore hoisted 40 passes into the air as the Rhinos fought back from an early deficit, with Jay Collins and Chase Scharf hauling in scoring throws.
DJ Brumfield’s 21-yard run set up the winning score.
NEW FACE: The Rhinos have announced that LB/FB David Long will be joining the team and wearing uniform number 56. Long played fall-ball in 2015 for the Maryland Redhawks of the NEAFL. Several of his Redhawks teammates may also be joining the Rhinos, but they will have to officially be added before the final AFA roster lock, which takes place next week.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: After facing two consecutive opponents coming off of bye weeks, the shoe will be on the other foot this week, as Hanover comes off its bye to face a team that played last week. The week off came at just the right time for the the Rhinos, who have had two weeks to straighten out an offensive attack that yielded o yards against Germantown. The 0 net yards is the lowest recorded single-game total in Rhinos history.
Jeremy Renoll and Richard Settle continued their assault on opposing ball-carriers, racking up 10 and 9 tackles, respectively, against the Gladiators. Renoll ranks third in the league in tackles, and Settle is fourth. The pass-rush failed to record a sack last game. Amir Pearson returned a missed field goal 34 yards, and Jordan Banks raced 29 yards on a kickoff in the last game.
SCOUTING THE CANNONS: In a game played at Harrisburg’s new field, Carroll County was gouged for 463 yards on the ground by the defending AFA Champions, the Harrisburg Sharks. Quarterback Brandon Derr, as well as running backs Xavier Garfield and Clayton McNair, each ran for over 100 yards on the day. The Sharks broke three 50-plus yard runs, including two of over 75 yards. Safety Larry Dorsey and former Rhino Dave McCleary are players to watch on this struggling unit. Andrew Geddie threw for 195 yards against the Sharks, most of them coming while trailing 35-0 in the fourth quarter.