Rhino Bites

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a new Rhino Bites segment, so we figured it was about time to do another one. Today’s segment features million-dollar hair, a look-a-like to an NBA star that just got traded, and small-town football atmosphere.



Age:21                      Hometown: Taneytown, Md.                                      Class: Francis Scott Key ’14 Position: Linebacker

#1. What made you want to come out and play for the Hanover Rhinos this season?

JA: Mainly because I haven’t played on a tackle football team since 2009 and I really miss it. Since I’m not in a college with a football team, semi-pro is the only way to go.

 #2. In what school are you currently enrolled?

JA: Carroll Community College.
#3. What do you love most about football?
JA: Probably playing under the lights. I love after every game going and talking underneath the lights.
#4. What did you love most about the atmosphere of high school football?
JA: It was a small town, we didn’t have a lot of players. Everyone was close, there were no cuts. Everyone was part of the team.
#5. What excites you the most about being back out there?
JA: Going to the championship. I feel this team has potential and a lot of talent. I’ve never been when I was younger.
#6. Is there a player you model your game after or look up to?
JA: Ray Lewis. He’s a great leader and a great linebacker. He’s probably one of the best to ever play the game.

Age: 29                                            Hometown: York, Pa.            Class: William Penn ’07                 Position: Defensive end

#1. How did you hear about the Hanover Rhinos?

FG: I was looking for a team to join, asked a couple people what teams are close by me, and they said York and Hanover, so i picked Hanover and contacted them.
#2. What was most attractive about Hanover?

FG: The respect everyone has for one another and the unity is what makes Hanover attractive in my eyes.
#3. Tell our readers a little about yourself. What are some of your hobbies?
FG: I was born and raised in York, Pa. I started playing football when I was in middle school. I also play a little recreational flag football. My hobbies are spending time with my kids and family, and working out.
#4. Do you have any nicknames, and is there a story behind them?
FG: Yes, Blake Griffin. People say we look alike and plus, I’m always the big man when I play basketball. I also go by the name reds. I got that nickname because of my hair.
#5. Tell our readers about your hair. When did you start wearing it the way you do, and what was your inspiration?
FG: My hair is naturally red. I always tell people I got that million-dollar hair because you can’t find too many people with natural red and curly hair like mine. I started wearing my hair like I do about two years ago because my inspiration is if I would ever cut my hair off, I’m going to donate my hair to Locks of Love for kids that have cancer.

Thanks, fans, for tuning into another edition of Rhino Bites. Keep your eyes peeled for more Rhino Bites segments as we head down the home stretch of the off-season and approach the 2018 regular season opener.

Rhinos’ 2018 Schedule Released

HANOVER, Pa.- The Hanover Rhinos have been charging toward the 2018 season since tryouts were held in September.
Now, that charge finally has some direction.

As the calendar flipped to the new year, the Atlantic Football Association released the 2018 regular season schedules for all 14 of its member teams.
The Rhinos’ slate is blessed with a mix of incredible local rivalries and new opponents.
Hanover is coming off a 3-7 season which saw them eliminated from the playoffs at home in the final game of the season. It will get a chance to put 2017 in the rearview mirror right away with a trip to Chambersburg, Pa, to play the Franklin County Tigers on 3/17/18.

On 6/3/17, the Tigers not only delivered the stake to the Rhinos’ hearts with a 43-18 win in Hanover, they changed the culture of the head-to-head series between the two teams by earning their first ever win against the Rhinos in 6 meetings.

Hanover will have a chance to restore order with a home-and-home series with the Tigers. The return matchup will be in Hanover on 5/12/18 at 1 PM.

“Most looking forward to Franklin County to open the season,” Rhinos head coach Noah Sneeringer said. “They kept us out of the playoffs, and to get a chance for redemption first game of the season is huge.”

“I’m excited to get revenge on the Tigers from last season’s finale that I’m still hobbling around from,” said Rhinos quarterback Jake Orner.
Orner threw for a career-high 165 yards against the Tigers last year before leaving with an injury in the third quarter.
“It’ll be nice to start the year on a good note knowing we won a game we didn’t last year,” Orner added.

The Rhinos don’t have long to dwell on the performance of that game, however, as they turn around and host their long-time rivals, the York Silver Bullets a week later. As with every Rhinos’ home game in 2018, kickoff is slated for 1 PM.
Start time has yet to be determined for any of the Rhinos’ away games.

After a league-wide bye week for Easter weekend, the Rhinos dip into the pool of new opponents for 2018.
Hanover will travel to the Lancaster Outlaws on 4/7 for the first of two meetings. The Outlaws’ visit to Manheim Adventure Park takes place on 6/2/18, the final weekend of the regular season.
“York Silver Bullets always have been a fun game,” team leader Dustyn Lauver said, “But the Outlaws are definitely up there just because I am going to know a lot of people there from playing with the Central Penn Piranha.”
Speaking of York, the Rhinos will complete their home-and-home series with the Silver Bullets with a trip to York on 5/19/18.
“I’ve never liked (York),” said Rhino newcomer Bryan Hammond. “It would be nice to get a win or two on them this season.”

Another Rhino newcomer, running back Raydel Ragland has an extra interest in the games against York as well. “I really excited to play the York Silver Bullets. Everyone keeps saying they are good and previous players went there. I’m just ready to see what’s all the hype about.”

There has been no announcement from the league on whether or not they plan to split the Northern Conference into two divisions. The schedule would seem to support the Rhinos being in a division with York, Lancaster, and Franklin County, due to all those teams playing each other twice.

Hanover sees the other four teams in the Northern Conference once each- 4/14 at the Washington Bulldawgs, 4/21 vs. the Central Maryland Bills, 4/28 at the Maryland Phantoms, and 5/5 vs. the Metro Phoenix.
The Phantoms are the defending Northern Conference Champions, and that game has a high likelihood of being played under the lights once again, like it was in 2017.
Metro Phoenix return to the league after folding midway through the 2016 season.



Rhino Bites

Our next edition of Rhino Bites features a well-traveled player who spent 2017 with three teams- the Harrisburg Pharaohs, Susquehanna Valley Knights, and Central Penn Piranha. He is a multi-faceted playmaker who appears set to help the Rhinos in all three phases of the game this season.



Age: 23                                      Hometown: Harrisburg, Pa           Class: Cumberland Valley ’12         Positions: KR/PR/WR/FS

#1. What do you love the most about the game of football?

JG: I love the thrill, I love. I mean I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old, so I love the mental aspect of the game, too.

#2. When you say ‘mental aspect of the game’, what exactly do you mean?

JG: I mean how, like, football is like a life size version of chess- you have to use your mind to beat the other team.

#3. Which do you prefer, making a great athletic play, or beating an opponent with a great play call/minor adjustment that gets you the position you need?

JG: I prefer to win, and if a great play come with, then that’s just a plus.

#4. Tell our readers about your football history.

JG: I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old. I played football for the Linglestown Colts. I played my freshman-senior year at CD East and Cumberland Valley High School, and played semi-pro for the Central Penn Piranha.

#5. When you left your previous team, what led you toward the Rhinos?

JG: Well I’ve been in talks with Noah (Sneeringer) as my Piranhas (fall) season was going on, and I’m good friends with (two-way tackle and team leader) Dustin Lauver. They were telling a lot about the organization- how they help out the community a lot. I do a lot of things for the kids, so I wanted to be a part of that. Also, I wanted to be part of the building process.


Well, folks, another edition of Rhino Bites is in the books. Stay tuned for our next new player segment, featuring Carroll County native Josiah Angell.