4/30: Rhinos at York County Silver Bullets
Plenty is on the line, as the Rhinos travel up PA-116 to take on the York County Silver Bullets in Wrightsville. The Rhinos will be looking to avenge a 25-6 loss to York earlier in the season.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday at 2:00 PM, Eastern York High School, 720 Cool Creek Rd, Wrightsville, PA 17368
WEATHER FORECAST: 60 degrees and cloudy. Humidity: 51%, precipitation: 10%. Wind: 7 MPH.
SERIES HISTORY: Hanover leads 3-2 (York leads 2-1 on the field. Hanover accepted two York forfeits in 2014). York has outscored Hanover 41-25.
PLAYOFF SCENARIO: Simple scenario this week. Hanover stays alive in the playoff race with a win, and is eliminated with a loss. York sits in the fourth, and final, Northern Conference playoff spot with a 4-2 record. Germantown and Carroll County trail the Silver Bullets by 1 game, with Anne Arundel County 2 games behind. The Rhinos trail York by 3 games with 4 contests remaining in the season.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: The Rhinos will be looking to end some streaks of futility on Saturday. Hanover has not scored in the last 150:22 of game action, and will be looking to break its 5-game losing-streak. Hanover has not put together a scoring drive of more than 11 yards since the final minutes of the week 2 game vs. York. In each of the last five games, Hanover’s opponent has returned an interception inside the Hanover 5, including 3 pick-sixes. The Hanover defense has gone two weeks without a sack.
On the positive side, Hanover’s defense has a current shutout streak of 64:37. The unit shut down Anne Arundel’s spread-passing game, allowing just 5 completions to Keith Smothers last Saturday. The most-telling stat was the Colts’ play selection. After attempting 10 passes and 12 runs in the first half, the Colts abandoned their unsuccessful passing game, attempting just 4 passes on 19 second half snaps.
SCOUTING THE SILVER BULLETS: York comes home for the first time after a three-game road trip. It was the Bob Moore show last week at Carroll County, as the former Rhinos quarterback threw for a career-high 411 yards and all 7 York touchdowns. He showed his versatility by kicking an extra point as well, and York shot down the Cannons 51-14.
“Honestly I’m used to it with the right pieces,” Moore said “Love to win in the style of game we had last week. We went out with good team motivation after we had taken two hard loses that we cant get back.”
York has outscored its last two opponents 95-14. The hot-streak has coincided with Moore replacing Chase Scharf at quarterback.
“We interchange quarterbacks to make them aware that they must perform,” said York player/coach Shawn Brady. “The quarterback competition breeds performances like Bob has had the last two weeks. Chase had the hot hand in preseason and the first two weeks, now Bob has it.”