On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, a panel consisting of the AFA North Division owners selected 5 members of the Hanover Rhinos to represent the AFA Northern Conference in the 4th Annual AFA Spring All-Star game.
Linebackers Jeremy Renoll and Richard Settle, offensive/defensive tackle Dustyn Lauver, safety Jack Isennock, and offensive utility man Alex Isennock were chosen to represent Snacktown’s warriors, while Travis Garretson and Michael Small were chosen as alternates, which will be used as replacements if one of the original five can’t make it to the game.
The site for the game has yet to be determined. It was originally scheduled to be played in Lynchburg, VA, and will still be on June 18th, at a site TBA, in the hours preceeding the Atlantic Bowl, which is the AFA Championship.
Renoll led the league, and set a Rhinos record with 101 tackles in his final semi-pro season. He is a 2006 graduate of South Western High School in Hanover, Pa. Renoll served as the team’s defensive captain this season. He has now been nominated to the AFA All-Star game twice as a Rhino. He was voted into the inaugural all-star game as a defensive end in 2012. Renoll scored the final points of the season for Hanover on a two-point conversion with 9.8 seconds left in the 4th quarter of the last game at Harrisburg.
“(This game will be) a little bit different, because it will be the last time I ever step on a football field ready to do battle,” Renoll said.
Settle, a 2014 graduate of Northern York High School, joined the Rhinos for his first semi-pro season in 2016. He averaged a team-high 10.8 tackles per game in the 8 contests he played, and set a team record with 4 fumble recoveries in a single game on 5/7 at home vs. Carroll County. Settle ended the Rhinos’ 301:59 scoreless streak on 5/14 vs. Franklin County, when he lept over a defender and burst 55 yards for a rushing touchdown on the first play of the second half. Settle also tied for the team lead in sacks, with 2.0.
Settle and Renoll also share the club’s single-game tackles record, which is 15. Renoll set his mark on 4/16 vs. Harrisburg, and Settle equaled it on 5/14 vs. Franklin County.
Lauver played both offensive and defensive line for the Rhinos in ’16. He used his hulking frame to push defenders around and protect his quarterback, but on defense, he showcased his agility, as he hurried opposing quarterbacks a team-high 9 times. He also led the team with two forced fumbles.
Lauver is a 2015 graduate of Bermudian Springs High School, where he played in the 2014 PIAA Class AA semifinals against Wyomissing. Like Settle, Lauver was also an AFA rookie this season.
“Honestly, it’s a blessing. Words can’t describe how excited and thrilled I am to be called an all star!,” Lauver said.
Alex Isennock and his brother Jack round out a group of four Rhinos’ rookies to be voted to the spring classic. Alex played the first six games of the season at wide receiver, and led Hanover with 191 receiving yards. He caught a season-high 5 balls for 102 yards 3/12 at Franklin County. Alex switched to quarterback for the last four games of the season, marking the first time in his life he’d taken snaps in a football game. He completed 5 passes in a row on 5/7 vs. Carroll County, and threw his first touchdown pass the next week against Franklin County, a 27-yard strike to tight end Adrian Acevedo.
“It’s a great honor to be considered one of the best in the league by the owners and coaches. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to compete amongst the best,” Alex said.
Jack Isennock became the first player in Hanover Rhinos history to score two defensive touchdowns in the same year. He picked off a Matt Wade pass and took it 34 yards for a touchdown in week 10 vs. Franklin County, and scooped up a fumble, and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown for the Rhinos’ only score of week 11 at Harrisburg. Jack also hauled in 4 catches for a team season-high 106 yards against the Sharks.
In the first game against the Sharks on 4/16, Jack recorded a career-high 10 tackles (9 solo).
The Isennock brothers went to Hereford High School in Parkton, Maryland. Jack was the youngest player on the 2016 Hanover Rhinos’ roster.
“I’m really appreciative that the owners of the teams throughout the league see me as a player that can compete with the best,” Jack said.
Garretson played primarily on the offensive line this season, but showcased his motor when he did play on defense. Garretson recorded a sack of Carroll County quarterback Josh Yacovissi on 4/23.
Small, a 2010 graduate of Gettysburg High School, and an alumni of the great football program at that school, was 3rd in the AFA in yards-per-reception among players with at least five catches. He caught 5 balls for 157 yards (31.4 ypc), and 2 touchdowns. He hauled in the winning 28-yard grab on 4th-and-4 in the 4th quarter on 3/12 at Franklin County.