The Hanover High football team traveled to Lee-Davis High School on Friday night and left with their first win of the season. In a back and forth scoring affair, it was the Hanover defense that secured the win. QB, Tyler Elrod and RB, Eric Rankin combined for over 200 yards rushing. Eric had three rushing touchdowns. Tyler rushed for one score and threw two TD’s, one to Hunter Robbins for the first touchdown for the Hawks. Tyler’s other TD pass went to DJ Simms for an 85 yard score. Hanover was down 13-3 at the beginning of the second quarter. Hanover would score 21 points unanswered but LD would come back. The two teams combined for 47 points in the 2nd to end the half 30-27, with Lee-Davis scoring a touchdown in the final seconds of the half.
In the second half of the game, defense picked up as the teams traded turnovers. Lee-Davis took advantage of a Hawk turnover to take the lead. At one point, Lee-Davis looked to take a commanding lead but fumbled the ball in the red zone, with Hanover’s Kaleb-Thomas Jones recovering the ball. Hanover would not give up and struck back with a rushing combination of Rankin and Elrod. Hanover would retake the lead on a Rankin TD with 9 minutes in the game. Lee-Davis would storm back and retake the lead 40-36 in less than 2 minutes. The Hawks took over on their own 38 yard line. On second down, Tyler ran for 38 yards to put the Hawks in LD territory. Eric and Tyler would take turns moving the ball with a great effort from the offensive line. Finally, Eric scored up the middle to put the Hawks up. With four minutes left in the game, Lee-Davis would not give up. The C-Feds would reach midfield but the Hawks held tough. Kaleb Jones added another great tackle and Hanover would hold Lee-Davis to 4th and 1/2 a yard with 90 seconds in the game. Lee-Davis’s QB opted to run but was tackled by Stephen Castle to secure the win.
The Hawks will travel to #1 Highland Springs next Friday. Hanover will welcome Patrick Henry on Oct. 12. Congratulations to the players and coaches for a great win! Go Hawks!
Thanks to Will Rosser for the photo!