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