Hanover (0-2) at Greencastle-Antrim (0-2)
Friday, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: G-A lost to Camp Hill, 28-25. Hanover fell to Eastern York, 47-17.
LAST YEAR: Greencastle defeated Hanover 43-7 in Hanover.
GREENCASTLE: For the young Blue Devils, it's really about the fundamentals, like tackling. Last week, G-A struggled to get Camp Hill ball carriers on the ground, ultimately resulting in a close loss.
Despite a sluggish start, the Blue Devils were tied at halftime before a nice rally in the closing stages made things interesting. Still, Greencastle did not make enough routine plays to win the game.
Hopefully that changes for the Blue Devils in their home opener.
Starting with a pair of road games, G-A finally plays host Friday night, getting to compete in front of the home fans at Kaley Field.
To put it simply — this is a game the Blue Devils need to win.
Last season, Greencastle drilled Hanover 43-7 in a contest delayed by a significant thunderstorm. The Blue Devils will be looking for more of the same this year, but will need to improve on assignments if that is to be the case.
Through two weeks, David Niebauer has emerged as G-A's premiere offensive threat, acting as a workhorse out of the backfield. The sophomore scored twice against Camp Hill and already has 42 carries. He has also proved efficient in the passing game, especially on the receiving end of screen plays.
Quarterback Zach Cole has a variety of weapons to work with, including Niebauer, Adam Root, Levi Bingaman and Isaiah Toney-Mayhugh.
Defensively, Tyler Thuahnai was a stud for the Blue Devils a week ago, routinely flashing around the ball. The senior linebacker racked up 20 total tackles, exemplifying his ridiculous production.
Sam Reid was also a frequent factor up front anchoring G-A's line.
Kicker Nathan Kirkwood showed off his leg, nailing a 41-yard field goal that had plenty of distance, offering the Blue Devils another nice option.
"We had a great week of practice and have focused on the basics, blocking and tackling," G-A head coach Devin McCauley said. "For us to be successful, we need to do a better job at both of those. Our guys are hungry and we are looking forward to our home opener."
HANOVER: The Nighthawks have been on the wrong end of two lopsided losses to start the season, falling to Susquehannock 42-7 before losing to Eastern York by 30 points last Friday.
They do have a collection of athletes capable of finding the end zone if the Blue Devils aren't careful.
"Hanover throws the ball well and brings several athletes that they do a nice job getting in space," McCauley said.
Hanover finished 3-7 last season.
GAMETIME FORECAST: Partly cloudy, upper 60s
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NEXT WEEK: G-A hosts West Perry to open the Mid-Penn Colonial Division schedule.
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