Phantoms 41, Rhinos 0Recap Boxscore
GLENVILLE, Pa.- The Hanover Rhinos weren’t ready to exorcise their demons on Saturday.
Down four defensive starters and three members of the starting offensive line, Hanover fell to the Maryland Phantoms 41-0.
The Rhinos (2-2) are now 1-6 all-time against their rivals from Baltimore.
Snacktown began the game on the wrong foot. After the Phantoms won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half, the Rhinos’ Amir Pearson fumbled away the opening kickoff. Starting at the Hanover 34, Maryland (4-0) gouged the muted Darkside Defense. Shanorm Young ran right for 16 and up the middle for 10 before rumbling around the left end of the line for a 6-yard touchdown on the sixth play of the drive, putting the Phantoms up 7-0 3:22 into the game. Young played just the first 5 series for the Phantoms, but did quite a bit of damage, as he rushed 14 times for 123 yards.The first Hanover drive of the game ended in a Jordan Gardner punt. Dustyn Lauver buried the return man with a huge hit after a -1 yard return.
The Phantoms got the ensuing drive off and running with a 16-yard burst by Young, but Drequan Morris sent a message on the next play, as he belted Young and sent his helmet flying off after a short gain.
The Maryland drive petered out almost immediately, with Cuan Edwards’ fourth-down pass falling incomplete.
The Phantoms got the ball back quickly, and drove to the Hanover 18 as the first quarter ended.
On the first play of the second quarter, Morris and Lauver combined to stop Young for a two-yard loss.
On the following play, Darkside put its stamp on the game.
Morris pressured Edwards as he rolled left after the snap. Edwards fired a short pass to Larry Ray, but the ball bounced off Ray’s hands, and into the arms of Rhinos’ linebacker Bernard Jackson. Jackson secured the ball and took off down the home sideline, where Ray cut him down after a 28-yard return to the Hanover 36.
The momentum rested squarely with the Rhinos, but they didn’t keep it long.
The offense went 3-and-out, and then, Young broke off two 25-yard runs. The second was a powerful burst up the middle that concluded with two missed tackles in the secondary, and Young took the ball across the goal line.
Trey Seymour made sure the score stayed 13-0 as he raised his arm and tipped the extra point kick wide left.
Hanover picked up its only first down of the game on the following series when Chase Scharf hooked up with Hannibal Flores for 15 yards on a quick slant pass.
The Rhinos slipped into Phantoms territory for the first time in the game, but they were forced to punt 3 plays later. The snap to Gardner sailed high and to the left, forcing him to retreat and fall on the ball for a 21-yard loss and turnover on downs at the Hanover 36.
A slew of other running backs came off the bench to tote the rock on the next possession. However, Darkside bottled up Michael Alston and Kelvin Collins, holding them to 4 yards on 4 carries.
It took a 30-yard pass by Edwards to Glenn Townes on 3rd-and-9 to grease the Maryland wheels.
Forced to 4th-and-goal from the Hanover 2, Young re-entered the game and took the handoff. He raced around the left end of the line, picked up a block from a receiver on Lloyd Welford, and crossed the goal line for the hat trick, leaving Hanover bodies strewn across the field in a vain attempt to stop him.
The Phantoms led 20-0 with 2:53 to go in the first half after Chris Novak’s extra point attempt was successful, despite being tipped by Jack Isennock.
Things went from bad to worse for the Rhinos less than two minutes later.
Jordan Gardner’s 58-yard punt that flipped field position was nullified by penalty because one of the Hanover lineman released downfield before the ball was kicked.
The result was a disaster, as the snap bounced to Gardner on the re-kick. Gerard Nelson crashed through the line and blocked the punt. The ball rolled to the Hanover 7, where Nelson failed to pick it up on a scoop-and-score attempt.
Two plays later, Michael Alston ran through the arms of Mark Davis before running into the brick wall that is Seymour. However, Alston was already across the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown.
The Phantoms ran a fake on the extra point, as holder Dane Campbell pulled the snap and rolled to the right before throwing the ball out of the end zone. Welford picked up an interception for the third straight game on the opening possession of the second half. Edwards’ toss deep to the right overshot its intended target, and Welford was waiting as the ball came down. Welford’s 15-yard return was ended by a crunching open-field hit by receiver Robert Thomas. Welford recorded a career-high 12 tackles in the contest.
Chase Scharf was sacked by Tay Driggs on the first play of the following Hanover drive, leading to a 3-and-out.
Defensive tackle Sean Washington came up with two tackles of Phantoms’ fullback Kelvin Collins on the next series, and the Rhinos turned over Maryland on downs.
Gardner nailed a season-long 52-yard punt near the end of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, Jack Isennock and Welford deflected away passes by Edwards as Darkside turned over the Phantoms on downs again.
However, on the next series, Scharf was sacked and stripped from behind by Dante Hines, and Driggs out-scrapped the Rhinos for the loose ball at the Hanover 28.
Two plays later, Edwards threw his first touchdown pass of the game, with help from a superlative effort by Edward Pullen. Pullen caught a short pass along the right sideline for a first down. Hemmed in along the boundary, Pullen broke a tackle and cut toward the middle before slipping two attempted tacklers at staggered intervals, one on each shoulder.
Jake Orner and the Rhinos’ second-team offense took the field with about 9 minutes to go.
They gave up a 6-yard interception return for a touchdown to Campbell in the final minute.
Hanover set team records for the fewest passing, rushing, and total scrimmage yards in a single game. The offense totalled negative-42 yards of offense.