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Hancock scores a shutout in season opener

September 05, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK -- After a scoreless first quarter, Hancock exploded for 27 points in the second quarter and added seven more in the third to win the battle of the Panthers against Rappahannock County (Va.) 34-0 on Saturday night in a high school football season opener.

"It's always a great feeling to get win No. 1 in the season," Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey said. "The kids have worked extremely hard in the offseason and in the preseason with their strength and their conditioning. We were just looking for some openings and we took advantage of what they were giving us."

Hancock got on the scoreboard during the first play of the second quarter on an 85-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Garrett Wiles to senior halfback Tanner Dobrzanski. After catching a short pass from Wiles, Dobrzanski ran along the right sideline to cover most of the 85 yards.

"Garrett realized they weren't covering me," Dobrzanski said. "He made the decision to pass to me right then and there. After that, I ran as hard as I could."

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Just 3:34 later, senior safety Eli Souders scored a touchdown for Hancock on a 65-yard interception return.

With three minutes remaining in the second quarter, Rappahannock County punter Bill Hogan caught a low snap on the hike and his knee accidentally touched the ground to give Hancock the ball inside the Rappahannock 30-yard line.

A few plays later, Souders caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Wiles to boost Hancock's lead to 21-0.

With 10 seconds to go in the first half, Wiles came through with a 36-yard touchdown run to give Hancock a 27-0 halftime lead.

"The scoreboard says it all by itself," Wiles said. "We got our first shutout in six years. We all stuck together and we dug deep. We kept pounding the football. The big second quarter was great for the momentum to go into halftime. We knew that we had to get some touchdowns to get the other team out of the game."

Wiles completed four of his seven passes for 122 yards.

Hancock got its final score with 44 seconds left in the third quarter on a 63-yard touchdown run by Dobrzanski.

Junior kicker Tyler Cheng made four of his five extra-point kicks for Hancock.

"The line stepped up and really followed through with their blocking assignments," Dobrzanski added. "They really fought hard in the trenches."

"I can't say enough about how this team has worked and how this team has come together," Mahaffey added. "The leadership that our upperclassmen showed was excellent. All of our big plays came from our upperclassmen."

Hancock 34, Rappahannock County 0

Rappahannock 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Hancock 0 27 7 0 -- 34

H -- Tanner Dobrzanski 85 pass from Garrett Wiles (Tyler Cheng kick)

H -- Eli Souders 65 interception return (Cheng kick)

H -- Souders 24 pass from Wiles (Cheng kick)

H -- Wiles 36 run (kick failed)

H -- Dobrzanski 63 run (Cheng kick)

RC Han

First downs 12 6

Rushes-yards 60-106 23-133

Passing yards 13 122

Comp-Att-Int 1-5-1 4-7-0

Total offense 65-119 30-255

Punts-avg. 5-28.0 4-30.8

Penalties-yards 7-60 7-60

Fumbles-lost 4-1 1-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Rappahannock County: Hitt 10-(minus-31), Fletcher 7-3, Hogan 28-82, Lombardi 9-29, Ridgeway 6-23. Hancock: Faith 6-21, True 4-12, Wiles 6-7, McKinley 1-1, Dobrzanski 3-62, Martin 1-8, McKinley 1-23, Manning 1-(minus-1).

PASSING -- Rappahannock County: Hitt 1-5-1-13. Hancock: Wiles 4-7-0-122.

RECEIVING -- Rappahannock County: Ridgeway 1-13. Hancock: Poole 1-9, Dobrzanski 2-89, Souders 1-24.

Records: Rappahannock County 0-1; Hancock 1-0.

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