3/25/17 Rhinos vs. Susquehanna Valley Knights Preview
The Hanover Rhinos saddle up for their longest ever road trip measured in travel time. Snacktown’s warriors have redemption on their minds, as they prepare for the 2 1/2 hour trip up US-11 North to Williamsport. The Susquehanna Valley Knights will be waiting, and so will a pivotal AFA East Division showdown. Both teams are 0-1, and looking up at the division-leading Maryland Phantoms (1-0).
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, 2:00 PM, at Loyalsock High School, 1801 Loyalsock Drive, Williamsport, Pa, 17701.
WEATHER FORECAST AT KICKOFF: 62 degrees and light rain. Precipitation: 77%. Humidity: 68%. Wind: 5 MPH.
LIVE BROADCAST: The George Marinos Facebook Channel.
POPULATION: Williamsport: 29,349. Hanover: 15,365.
RHINOS FAR FROM HOME: On 5/9/15, the Rhinos’ made their only ever trip more than 2 hours from home. After travelling 2 hours and 11 minutes to Stafford, Virginia, they kept their 2015 playoff hopes alive with a last-minute 19-14 win over the Fredericksburg Bears.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: Hanover’s quest for its first-ever division title begins in earnest this week.
Two weeks ago, the Darkside Defense was in full effect, as it pulled down opposing quarterback Phonta’ Williams for 6 sacks. Just 5 more of those, and Hanover will surpass its total output from last season. Brandon Nicastro and Drequan Morris are on pace to break the Rhinos’ single-season sack record, as they each tallied 1.5 sacks in the opener.
The Rhinos’ offense will need to improve their red-zone efficiency, as they scored on just 1 of 3 red zone possessions against Virginia Beach.
DeAnte Weldon is ending his retirement after one game in the broadcast booth, and he sits just 53 yards shy of breaking the Rhinos’ career rushing record, which is held by Zac Carrick.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS: Four times last year, the Rhinos faced a team that had a bye while Hanover played a game the previous week. This time, the shoe is on the other foot. Susquehanna Valley travelled to the DC area and fell 62-0 to the DMV Jaguars a week ago.
Hanover lost coming out of its only bye last year.
In their first year in the AFA, the Knights need to be taken seriously, as this week’s matchup will be their first home game, and they will be at full strength to face the Rhinos. Susquehanna Valley’s roster contains 36 players.