4/23: Rhinos vs Anne Arundel County Colts
The Hanover Rhinos battle against the unknown and the known in week 7, as brand-new league member Anne Arundel County visits Snacktown. The familiar factor is the Rhinos’ 1-4 start, identical to the mark through 5 games last year, when Hanover rallied for a playoff berth. Every game is important for the Black and Red from here on out.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday at 1:00 PM, pre-game wedding at 10:30 AM, Manheim Adventure Park, 4565 Camp Woods Rd, Glenville, PA 17329
WEATHER FORECAST: 66 degrees, partly cloudy and breezy. Chance of rain: 20%.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first meeting between the teams.
SAY I DO: Preceding the game, Hanover Rhinos defensive back Cody Klinefelter will be married to fiancee Bethabara Ford in an official ceremony on the 50 yard-line. Zachary Klinefelter will be officiating the ceremony.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: Team captain Jeremy Renoll continues his quest for the AFA’s tackle title. He is 3rd in the league with 60, and has one more game left than the leader, Mid-Atlantic’s Robert Nash, who has 74 stops through 6 games. Nash is averaging 12.3 tackles per game, and Renoll is just a tick behind, with 12.0.
Renoll set a Hanover Rhinos’ single game record with 15 tackles against Harrisburg in week 6.
Last week, Hanover failed to record a sack for the 2nd time in the last 3 games. However, the defensive unit held Harrisburg’s Mike DeTemple to 4-of-18 passing, and Jack Isennock nabbed his team-leading 2nd interception of the campaign.
The 36-0 score against Harrisburg was misleading, as the Sharks started three of their scoring drives on the plus-side of midfield.
The offense made strides, picking up 130 yards, its most since week 1. Quarterback Jordan Gardner’s 89 passing yards were his most since week 1 as well. Alex Isennock continues to torch defensive secondaries. His 3 catches for 49 yards against the Sharks give him a team-high 12 for 191.
SCOUTING THE COLTS: The Colts have had a strange season. Their 1-4 record could certainly be excused by the fact that they play in the South Division, the toughest division in the AFA based on average power ranking (63.4). By contrast, the Rhinos’ division has an apr of 80.6.
Despite playing the Virginia Chargers, Germantown, and the Maryland Phantoms tough, the Colts are the only team to lose to Franklin County, and they did so at home, by a score of 10-0.
The Colts run a spread offense that has been short-circuited on several occasions, including being shutout by Germantown in week 1, and the week 5 loss to Franklin County. Quarterback Keith Smothers’ favorite target is tight end Darin Jones.
A massive front seven highlights the Colts’ defense. Middle linebacker Ronald Smith is the heartbeat of a defense that prefers to choke off the short passing game.