York 67, Hanover 0

 Party Like it’s 2015

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Hanover’s Dominic Cotterino (83) runs the ball as a wall of York Silver Bullets defenders look on in the background during the first quarter on Saturday. Photo Credit- Ursula H. Yost.

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa.- The scoreboard at Eastern York High School was not plugged in, and if it had been, it may have shorted out due to the numbers being put up.

Ex-Hanover Rhino Bob Moore threw for 382 yards and 5 touchdowns, while running for 77 yards and three more scores, and Ex-Rhino Jay Collins chipped in 117 yards and 2 touchdown receptions, as the York Silver Bullets enjoyed a 67-0 win over the Rhinos.

The members of the 2015 Rhinos weren’t the only ones having a big day, as Quinn Way led the Silver Bullets with 5 receptions for 203 yards and 3 scores.

The Silver Bullets (5-2) set club records for most points and largest margin of victory in a single game, while the Rhinos set the club records for most points allowed and largest defeat.

It is the most-lopsided game in the AFA since May 10, 2014, when Harrisburg beat Franklin County 75-7. The drubbing was nowhere near  the all-time league record, which was set on May 5, 2012, when the Virginia Chargers beat Franklin County 80-0.

The Rhinos (1-6) have now been officially elimiated from playoff contention.

DeAnte Weldon was a bright-spot for Hanover, returning 4 kickoffs for a total of 99 yards, a Rhinos’ single game high for 2o16.

For the first time this season, Hanover started a quarterback other than Jordan Gardner. Leading receiver Alex Isennock moved to quarterback, and Gardner moved to tight end.

“We came out and started running the ball, to get me comfortable under center, because I’ve never taken a snap before” said Isennock. “We started moving the chains, and then, I got comfortable.”

Isennock, who never played quarterback at Hereford High School, offered this perspective on his new position: “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot more running than I thought it’d be.”

Hanover took the ball first, and marched 22 yards to midfield in two plays, a reverse by Dominic Cotterino, and a bruising run by Bernard Jackson. Jackson ran 14 times for 39 yards, and he surpassed Weldon for the team lead with 89 yards rushing on the season. Jackson only joined the team 4 games ago.

The opening drive ended on the third play, when Jackson fumbled away the handoff, and Steve Moon recovered for York at midfield.

On the first Bullets play, Moore rifled the ball to Way, who was wide-open at the 15. The former William Penn High School trackstar cut back across the middle, sending safety Jack Isennock sliding to a stop on the turf at the 5 as Way walked into the end zone.

Hanover’s offense began to march again, as Jackson broke a 9-yard run, and Isennock completed his first pass attempt, for 9 yards, to erase a holding penalty on Hanover. On 4th-and-1 from the Rhinos’ 37, Isennock plunged up the middle for the first down.

A personal foul for contacting the head of the quarterback by Dan Fahringer, and a later pass-interference call on Aaron Hacker moved the ball to the York 36, but two Hanover false starts moved the ball back, and killed the drive.

As the first quarter ended, the Rhinos had run 13 plays to York’s 1.

On the second play of the 2nd quarter, Moore launched launched the ball 39 yards down the visitors’ sideline to Collins, who had beaten cornerback Charles Smith. Collins caught the ball at the Hanover 36, and took it in for the 75-yard touchdown.

John Ewald III’s extra-point made it 13-0.

Nate Williams’ roughing penalty for falling into punter Gardner’s plant leg kept the next Rhinos drive alive, but on the next play, Isennock fumbled the snap, and Nuke Saunders recovered for the Bullets at the Hanover 37.

On the third play of the drive, Moore raced around left end, and, following a crushing block by Hannibal Flores, the quarterback reached the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 19-0.

After a squib-kick gave the Rhinos their best starting field position of the first half, Isennock’s second completion, also to Gardner, moved the ball over midfield.

Then, Hanover turned to a new weapon.

Defensive lineman-turned fullback Joseph Wysocki bludgeoned the middle of the York defense for 11 yards.

However, three plays later, he was stuffed on fourth down by George Baker.

Wysocki exacted his revenge by tackling a scrambling Bob Moore in the open field to force a York three-and-out on the next series.

York took the ball with under 50 seconds left in the first half, and scored two plays later, when Moore found Way in the back right corner of the end zone. Way absorbed a big hit by Amir Pearson as he secured the 23-yard touchdown catch to make it 26-0.

The lead was upped to 33 when Moore hit Way in the left flat for a 58-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. Way broke two tackles, spinning out of the second attempt at the Hanover 48, before turning on the jets.

Isennock gained 6 and then 7 yards on a pair of quarterback keepers, as Hanover moved the ball 35 yards to the York 30, but the drive ended when his first-down pass over the middle tipped off the hands of Weldon, and was intercepted by Ciseroe Freeland on a lurching effort.

Moore pushed the lead to 40 when he bolted left to escape Wysocki,
picked up downfield blocks from Nate Williams and Way, and high-stepped into the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown run.
The score capped a 6-play drive for York, their longest possession of the game.

Cotterino’s longest reception of the season, a 9-yarder, spurred the Rhinos to a first down on the next possession, but the drive petered-out, and Hanover was forced to punt. Gardner’s personal protector, Pearson, accidentally backed up into Gardner’s punting lane, and the punter had to eat the ball and a 6-yard loss.

Moore covered the whole width of the field on the next play. He scrambled to the left sideline to avoid Jeremy Knaub, then came the whole way across to the right sideline to escape Greg Ginter, before lofting a 42-yard scoring strike to Collins to make it 46-0, on the last play of the third.

Hanover’s punt team stood and watched while Gardner’s next punt came to rest at the York 19. Raymond Henry took advantage, picking up the still ball and racing 53 yards, with Wysocki tackling Henry at the Rhinos’ 28.

Moore eventually burst through Cotterino’s arms for a 7-yard score to make it 53-0.

Pearson sent a would-be Silver Bullets’ tackler clattering to the turf on a 25-yard kick return, but Hanover went three-and-out, and Gardner couldn’t pick up the bouncing snap on the punt.

Another former Rhino, DJ Brumfield, finagled his way through a crowd and landed on his face in the end zone for another one-play York scoring drive.

Weldon cut and burst to a 41-yard kick return, a season long for the Rhinos.

Alex Isennock completed a 16-yard pass to his brother, Jack, on the ensuing drive. It was Jack’s first catch of the season.

With two minutes left in the game, York threw four straight deep balls, completing 1 of them.

On the last play of the game, Moore scrambled for 24 yards. Then, as he was being brought down by Jeremy Renoll, Moore pitched to offensive lineman James Fess, who ran a 30-yard touchdown.

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