Rhinos vs. York Silver Bullets
As The York County Blood Feud resumes on the field this weekend, one thing is for certain- these two warring football families agree on nothing. Neither team admits to stealing players from each other over the years, rationalizing it with statements like, “He played for us first”, or, “He’s from here anyway.”
Neither team will admit to encroaching on the other’s home territory either, with both sides pointing fingers at the other, blaming their local opposition for breaking up would-be ‘super-teams’ that could challenge the likes of Harrisburg, the Phantoms, and the Chargers for the AFA’s top spot.
Surely they agree on something as simple and concrete as the final score of last year’s final meeting.
The official mark, as observed by the Rhinos, is 67-0, while York claims they won 69-0.
This season’s only meeting, this Saturday at Hanover’s Manheim Adventure Park, guarantees to be a hotly-contested game, not only for bragging rights, but for the Northern Conference standings and the 4 playoff spots that are up for grabs.
Get your tickets, get your popcorn ready, and prop yourself up in a lawn chair, because Saturday afternoon will be the hottest action in town, and you’ll want to be front and center as everything takes place.
WHEN & WHERE: Saturday, 1:00 PM, at Manheim Adventure Park, 4565 Camp Woods Rd, Glenville, PA 17329.
WEATHER FORECAST AT KICKOFF: 60 degrees and partly cloudy. Precipitation: 2%. Humidity: 50%. Wind: 7 MPH Southeast.
POPULATION: York: 43, 935. Hanover: 15,365.
SERIES HISTORY: York leads 3-1. The Silver Bullets are on a three-game win-streak in the series. Hanover has been outscored 108-25 all-time.
LAST MEETING: Everybody in Hanover wants to forget the 67-0 loss to York last season. That’s been hard, as the final score of last year’s game has been a rallying-cry for both teams. York quarterback Bob Moore accounted for 459 total yards and 8 touchdowns. York ran 28 offensive plays and scored on 10 of them.
RHINOS’ OUTLOOK: Hanover comes into the game 2-2 and currently occupies the 4th and final playoff spot in the Northern Conference.
Take the results from Hanover’s last game, ball them up, and throw them in the garbage. Against the Maryland Phantoms two weeks ago, Hanover was missing 4 defensive starters and 3 starting offensive lineman. The Rhinos tied a record for most points allowed in a home game (41), equalling the mark set on 5/16/15 vs. the Virginia Chargers.
There were positives, however. Lloyd Welford nabbed an interception for the third straight game to start the season, further adding to his Rhinos’ career interception record. It’s the second time Welford has had interceptions in three straight games in his career.
With 54 kick return yards against the Phantoms, DeAnte Weldon moved past current Silver Bullet Jay Collins for the most kick return yardage in Rhinos’ history. Weldon also closed to within 95 yards of Zac Carrick for second on the Rhinos’ career all-purpose yards list.
Also making a move on the all-purpose yards list were Amir Pearson and Bernard Jackson. Pearson moved up to 16th, passing Shawn Brady and Jordan Banks, while Jackson passed current Silver Bullets quarterback Bob Moore for 11th.
This will be the first time quarterback Chase Scharf and receiver Hannibal Flores face off against York since playing for them last season.
SCOUTING THE BULLETS: The York roster features 19 players who used to play for the Hanover Rhinos. They range from star players at the forefront of the game plan, to depth players who make the bench strong.
Leading the charge in the Silver Bullets’ last game, two weeks ago at home vs. the Maryland Cannons, was quarterback Bob Moore. Moore accounted for 218 total yards and 5 TDs, including 4 rushing scores, as York won 56-16. Another former Rhino, receiver Jay Collins, ran 3 times for 31 yards, but did not record a catch. The Silver Bullets completed just 6 passes, but they went for an average of 28.2 yards.
The man to watch on the defensive side of the ball is former Penn State Nittany Lion Chaz Powell. After being offered a scholarship by Joe Paterno in 2007, Powell went on to build a diverse portfolio on and off the field at Penn State. He came to school as an offensive playmaker, and caught two touchdowns as a freshman. In his sophomore season, he ran 28 times for 366 yards, a 13.1 ypc, and 3 scores. As a junior, he moved to the defensive side midway through the season and started 5 games at corner. He started for the entire 2011 season at corner, racking up 41 total tackles and 2 interceptions. Powell became the first Penn State player to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in 35 years during the 2010 season, and he took another kick back for a touchdown as a senior the next year. All of this earned him a look in the NFL, as he spent time with Oakland, Green Bay, and the New York Giants.
Powell returned to Penn State after his NFL career to complete his criminal justice degree.
Now age 29, Powell, who had a 6-foot, 203-pound frame during his NFL days, has joined the Silver Bullets as a linebacker/defensive back hybrid.