Rhino Bites

Rhino Bites is back with a look at two new players. One is a former veteran member of the rival Carroll County Cannons who joined the Hanover Rhinos after his old team folded this fall, and the other is a York native who looks to grab the role as the Rhinos’ key gap-plugger up front.


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Age: 29                          Hometown: Mt. Airy, Md        Class: South Carroll ’06              Positions: S/Athlete

#1. What made you decide to join the Hanover Rhinos after your previous team, the Maryland Cannons folded?

TM: When the Maryland Cannons folded, (a few teammates and I) decided we wanted to go somewhere organized. We knew the Rhinos have been around some time, have a writer, film, coaches, and hadn’t forfeited a game due to lack of players.

#2. The Rhinos have never forfeited a game in their six-year history. How important was that factor in the decision?

TM: Very, attendance has been an issue with the Cannons since the championship year in 2012. That was largely the most important aspect in my decision.

#3. Describe that 2012 Carroll County Cannons AFA Championship team and what it was like to be a part of it.

TM: The team was just so talented. I’m pretty sure that defense could have shut down some low end D-1 college offenses. And the offense didn’t make many mistakes. Most complete team I’d ever been around.

#4. What do the 2018 Hanover Rhinos have to do to be like that team and compete for a championship?

TM: Keep working like we were before the holiday break. Having 30-35 guys at practice on a routine basis goes a long way. You can’t get better as a unit without that. It helps to know what the other 10 guys around you are going to do in different situations.

#5. What are your impressions of the Hanover Rhinos’ family after your first few practices with the team?

TM: I’m still getting to know some of the guys. It’s different coming from a team as the most-tenured player and suddenly being new. So I’ve been a bit more withdrawn than usual. It feels like a good group, though.



Age: 30                                Hometown: Airville, Pa              Class: Red Lion ’05                  Position: Nose tackle

#1. Tell our readers about your football history.

CM: I played on the D-line and O-line. I never played in senior high school. I played in youth and middle school.

#2. Which do you like better, offense or defense?

CM: Defense.

#3. Why do you prefer defense?

CM: You get to tackle/hit people.

#4. You are a big fan of Donald Penn, offensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders, and can be seen wearing his jersey at practice. Tell our readers what you like about his game.

CM: In the 10 seasons he’s been in the NFL, he has yet to miss a game, until this (Monday) night, when he got hurt during Sunday night football against the Dallas Cowboys. You can also say he is one of the best left tackles out there.

#5. How does watching Donald Penn help you on the field?

CM: Well, with me being on defense, to beat the best, you have to study your opponent very close. But you have to beat the best. He’s one of the best pass and run blockers out on that field.

#6. What’s your biggest strength as a defensive lineman?

CM: My determination not to give up.

Remember, fans, you can catch brand-new interview segments with brand-new members of the Hanover Rhinos every week leading up to the regular season, here on Rhino Charge, the official blog of the Hanover Rhinos football team.



Rhino Bites

Rhino Bites charges on with another look into the football life of another new member of the Hanover Rhinos.



Age: 19                                       Hometown: Baltimore, Md           Class: Hereford ’16                               Positions: Safety

#1. Tell our readers about your football playing experience.

ND: I’ve been playing since age 5-6. Rec at Hereford, 2 years of high school football at Kennard-Dale, and senior year at Hereford high school. I’ve played quarterback and safety my whole life, with punter and kick-off thrown in the mix as well. My dad has coached me since I started playing, and I had a former Baltimore Bulls semi-pro player and Hereford quarterback teach me the rest of my skills at the end of my rec career, for quarterback as well.

#2. What are the major differences between playing high school football in Pennsylvania and playing high school football in Maryland?

ND: Well, I’m not gonna bash PA sports, because a lot of them are very good, but coming from Maryland into Pennsylvania, the sports mindset wasn’t what I was expecting. I remember being told because I came from (Maryland), I probably wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, and sure enough, I didn’t see the field a lot. The players were big, very big, which most high schools are, so it didn’t come by surprise, but the want to play just didn’t seem like it was there in Pennsylvania sports, at least for my school. Going back into Hereford, it was definitely what I was expecting, the players had the want to win. We weren’t the doormats of the state like we were in my past school, we won games, our practices were conducted fairly. Everyone was given a chance to show what they had no matter what, so overall there was some big differences, which is why I was slightly nervous about playing another sport in Pennsylvania, but from the first practice with this family of Rhinos, I realized it’s not at all like I thought it was and I’m happy to be able to call myself a Rhino.

#3. What’s your favorite memory on a football field?

ND: I would have to say my last year in rec football going 7-2 is the best memory. We beat everyone we had to play against except lost to North Harford our first game against them by 1 point, then beat them by 1 and then lost again, but it just showed who the best teams were in our division, and that will be a year I’ll never forget. Every time I step on the football field, I think about that year and I just hope I can make new memories with my new family.

#4. What is the Rhino family all about?

ND: To me, being new, from what I’ve seen is working hard, working as a team, when someone’s falling behind, you turn around and you drive them to finish. We’re all each other’s motivators. When someone does something wrong, they hear it from everyone not because they’re bad, but because everyone knows what we’re capable of. We just have to have the drive to achieve success and we can’t do that without everyone single one of us pushing each other, we’re one big family. We’re all in this for the same reason.

#5. How can you best describe the goals for the 2018 Hanover Rhinos team?

ND: I think we are pushing for one, getting everyone to be one family and playing for each other, not ourselves, and more importantly, getting that championship.


Remember, fans, you can catch brand-new interview segments with brand-new members of the Hanover Rhinos every week, here on Rhino Charge, the official blog of the Hanover Rhinos football team.



Rhino Bites

We give you one more edition of Rhino Bites to get you ready for the big game today. Just hours before the Rhinos take the field against the Pennsylvania Pharaohs in Santa Bowl VI, we sit down with former Pharaoh and current Rhino Shawn Simmons, Jr. to discuss Saturday’s matchup.



Age: 23                                        Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa                        Class: Harrisburg ’12                              Positions: RB/FB

#1. What’s it going to be like facing your old team on Saturday?

SS: I’m actually looking forward to it, we have a great line that opens some holes up for our backs. I think we will have a field day on offense. Plus, I have bit of a chip on my shoulder due to missing the entire season with a hamstring injury. In this offense, I kinda get to show what I can do with the ball and my hands, I’m excited about that.

#2. When’s the last time you took the field for a game?

SS: Last time I took the field for a game was last spring.

#3. Can you describe in detail how it’s going to feel to be back out there come Saturday?

SS: It’s going to be an amazing feeling after I got hurt again and missed the season. I thought about giving up playing football. It’s just hard to fight that itch of playing a game that you played since you were a kid, so I came back out. I just wanna come out and have fun with my teammates, pads popping, bodies flying, that’s what football is all about.

#4. Have you ever taken part in a special holiday bowl game before?

SS: No, this is my first one, so I’m gonna rock some Christmas socks. (chuckles).

#5. What’s the ugliest Christmas sweater you’ve ever worn?

SS: (Laughing). Bro, I never wore a Christmas sweater that I know of.


Fans, don’t forget to show your support for the Hanover Rhinos today by making your way to Manheim Adventure Park, (4565 Camp Woods Rd, Glenville, PA 17329) to cheer on your local warriors. Admission is $5 or one new unwrapped toy. Kickoff is at 1 PM. Gates open at 11.