June 2017 Preview

Check out what we’re looking forward to in the last month of the 2017 AFA season here at Rhino Charge! The June 2017 cover features a tribute to some of the great Hanover Rhinos all stars of the past.

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Photo Credit: Chris Bunty (Bostian, Smith, Burns, Blue, Nicastro, Seymout, Neiderer, McCleary).
Danielle Settle Garretson (A. Isennock, Lauver, J. Isennock, Renoll).

 

Baby Joy

Three members of the Hanover Rhinos’ family welcomed babies to the world in April. We sat down with them to discuss the new additions to their own families for the Rhino Charge feature interview for May.
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Roland Johnson
Baby’s name: Kasie
Gender: female
Birthdate: 4/18
Child #: first

GM: What has this first month as a father been like?

RJ: It’s been wonderful. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

GM: Has it been everything you imagined it would be when you found out you were having a baby?

RJ: Naw, it’s totally different. I thought it was gonna be easy.

GM: What are some of the most difficult things about being a parent?

RJ: Nothing’s difficult. When you love someone so much more then yourself, nothing is gonna be a problem.

GM: What was going through your mind when you held your daughter for the first time?

RJ: Like, how can I love you so much and I just met you.
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Cody Klinefelter
Baby’s name: Isabelle
Gender: female
Birthdate: 4/30
Child #: second

GM: You are the veteran parent of the group, with this being your second child. How different was this second time around?

CK: This time, I was ready to expect the unexpected, but, to add on to the importance of being there with my wife and helping her with the baby, this time I had another baby to worry about at the same time, so sleep wasn’t an option. My responsibility was greater and the importance of me to be home to cook dinner for (my wife’s) teenagers, clean the house, and put Elijah to bed, at the same time go back and forth to the hospital to be with my wife and new daughter, it was something new to me, but I felt the confidence of a father become stronger and my patience grow stronger with everything that was going on since my wife was in the hospital healing from a c-section.

GM: Who is more relieved that the baby is finally here, you, or your wife, Beth?

CK: Beth. She has been waiting to have a daughter her whole life. After Elijah came, she thought she was cursed to having all boys, considering Elijah was boy #4.

GM: How about you? What makes having both a boy and a girl so interesting for you?

CK: Having a boy and a girl is interesting because I get the best of both worlds. I get to raise my son up to be a good young man, and I get to raise a daughter to be a good young lady. The best part is, everything is going to be a learning experience for me just as much as it will for them. I didn’t really grow up with kids around that were younger. I’m the baby of my family. Well, my twin is two minutes older than me, so of course technically, I’m still younger. So raising my son and daughter will be interesting for the fact, two different people with different agendas, in a sense of, Elijah will want to fish and Isabelle will want to have tea parties and what not, I’ll still be teaching her MMA, how to handle a gun, and how to drive a clutch and race, so she can depend on herself and be prepared for her brother to challenge her and give him a run for his money type of thing.

GM: What’s your advice to first time parents out there?

CK: Get all the the sleep you can before the baby is born. Relax, listen to your instincts, and take advice. Mostly, be patient with your newborn, crying is their language. Remember to always make them first to everything. They are your responsibility, anything you do is for them.
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Travis Garretson
Baby’s name: Adaline
Gender: female
Birthdate: 4/24
Child #: first

 GM: Describe the feeling of being a father for the first time.
TG: It’s definitely scary for the first time. After the baby is born, all the nurses seem like they’re in a panic, so I was panicking, but it’s normal for the nurses. They just want to make sure everything is alright. I told everyone I wouldn’t cry, but I cried like a baby, because I was so scared and happy at the same time.
GM: Did you cry more than your wife?
TG: I guess you could say that, considering she didn’t cry.
GM: What’s the best parenting advice you’ve received?
TG: That is a real tough question. Everyone gives you advice. I’ve only been a father for a month now, so I’m still learning what works and doesn’t work. I guess the key and best advice is to have patience.
Remember fans, you can catch the Hanover Rhinos’ feature interview of the month once a month only on Rhino Charge, the official blog of the Hanover Rhinos.

5/20 Fantasy Picks to Click

Here’s how our analysts did picking the players they thought would excel in the game prior to kickoff. Mouse over each player’s picture to see their stats.
Cody Klinefelter held a 2-1 edge over his counterpart, Marquiss Jackson, coming into the week.

at Maryland Cannons

MARQUISS JACKSON               18 Points  WINNER

 

CODY KLINEFELTER               4 Points

Wordy Wednesdays

A Word With: David Harden

 

hardendThis past fall, David Harden was featured on the Rhino Bites mini-interview segment as a new up-and-coming member of the Rhinos.
Now, he gets the full feature treatment on this week’s segment of Wordy Wednesdays after racking up 39 tackles, placing him second on the team with two weeks to go in the regular season.
That’s not all Harden has become known for. His signature hits and undying love for the game of football have made him a fan-favorite in Snacktown this season.

GM: I’m here with David Harden of the Hanover Rhinos. There’s always a smile on your face when you’re around the field, especially on game day. Where does your passion for the game come from?

DH: I was just raised in football. I’ve been playing football since I was 6. And as I learn more about the game, I just love it more.

GM: Losing a football game is better than not playing football at all. True or false, and why?

DH: Definitely true! It’s a blessing to play, regardless.

GM: Tell us about some of your other hobbies.

DH: I love hunting, fishing, and traveling.

GM: Sounds like a Luke Bryan song.

DH: True, except I hate country music, believe it or not.

GM: What kind of music do you like?

DH: I listen to really anything but country music. A little bit of everything.

GM: What are the last 5 songs on your music playlist?

DH: I don’t know if I could name five songs off the top of my head. I just press play on Pandora. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, by Aerosmith; Simple Man, by Shinedown; Hell & Back, by Kid Ink; Forever Young, by Jay-Z; Have You Ever Seen The Rain, by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

GM: What genre of music would best capture the spirit of the 2017 Hanover Rhinos?

DH: Country- in the beginning of the song\season, we had everything, now it’s the end of the season\song, and we’ve lost everything, including the truck and the dog.

GM: How do you, the players, get everything back with 2 weeks to go on the season?

DH: Winning out.

GM: Talk about your semi-pro football career.

DH: I’ve been a part of four different semi pro teams in Baltimore, none of those lasted the whole season. I’m used to extreme structure when it comes to football, and semi pro usually does not have that, it was definitely an adjustment from where I came from, where every minute of practice was scheduled. I just love the game too much to walk away from an opportunity to keep playing.

GM: Where did you play before semi pro?

DH: I played for a high school team called Maryland Christian, and in the three years I played, we went to three tournament national championships and won two of them. (NHFA tournaments in Florida). Now I coach for Maryland Christian.

GM: Do you have specific positions you coach, or a specific job you do with the team?

DH: I am the head coach of the JV team and offensive coordinator, and for the varsity team, I coach defensive backs and running backs.

GM: So you are involved in football year-round?

DH: Just about, I love it. When I’m not playing semi pro, I’m playing in  a touch league or flag league, or I’m coaching.

GM: You have to have a favorite player, then. Who is it?

DH: The two players I admire who play or played my position are Sean Taylor and Tyrann Mathieu. It’s hard to have a favorite football player, that’s like having a favorite day of the year. So many to pick from.

GM: So, you don’t have a favorite day of the year?

DH: No sir, that’s impossible.

GM: Birthday?

DH: Is my birthday my favorite day of the year? Definitely not, just another day.

GM: Thanksgiving?

DH: Food and football. Got to love it.

GM: NFL Draft day?

DH: No, process is too dragged out for me. But opening day oF NFL is always fun.

GM: What’s opening day like when you’re playing?

DH: I’m very pumped up, looking to get my first good hit of the year.

GM: Speaking of big hits, you’ve had many of them this year. Any that really stand out more to you than others?

DH: In the first game, against the Virginia Beach Rhinos, I was tracking down a running back to the sideline and I was loading up to try to knock him out. Just as I reached him, Adam Day came from my blind spot and pushed him forward, and Adam fell forward in the place of the running back. I ended up hitting Adam with everything I had. It was the hardest hit I’ve given out this season, and it hurt me too.

GM: What was the conversation like on the field after that?

DH: We were all laughing.
Except Adam.

GM: Some of our fans may not know, but you do mission work as well. Talk about your previous trips, and the one you have coming up.

DH: The past 4 years, I have gone down to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, which is one of the most dangerous places in the world. While I’m down there, I work side-by-side with 4 churches and 3 feeding kitchens. The feeding kitchen feed about 500 impoverished kids a day. It is an amazing experience every year. It’s very humbling when you are able to step outside of the U.S. and into a third-world country, and begin to expect how a lot of the world lives. This summer I will be going to Kenya, Africa for three weeks, for the first time. I don’t know what to expect, but I am very excited for the opportunity. I love it just as much as football.

GM: How did you get into doing these missions?

DH: I basically woke up one day and felt led to go on a missions trip, and I found a group going through a local church, and went along with them. Now I would say it’s one of the most important things in my life.