It’s that time of the year again. The
weather is getting colder, the leaves
are getting darker, and the nights are
getting a lot more interesting. Hanover
Football began the season with
their home-opener against local rival,
The game started to heat up in the
third quarter, when senior wide receiver
Zach Winston caught a deep
sideline pass deep into the red zone.
This play set up a rushing touchdown
for quarterback Clayton
Cheatham, which would be one of
two touchdowns for him on the night.
After the Hawks scored, it was all
Hanover. The defense swarmed the
ball, and got to the Patriots quarterback
a couple times. In the 4th quarter,
senior Marshall Flippin also hit a
field goal to seal the victory for the
The final score of the game was
16-0 Hanover, and this is the third
year in a row that Hanover has
shut-out Patrick Henry in their season
opener. This is also their ninth
straight win over Patrick Henry in
the regular season.
A key component of the Hawks’
success at home is the loudness of the
Hawks’ Nest. The student section in
their home opener was loud, it was
filled, and the students had a fun time
watching the game.
One week later, Hanover travelled
to Henrico County to take on Tucker
The offense put up 45 points in
their blowout win against Tucker in
a dominating victory. Their defense
also did very well, limiting the Tigers
to only 13 points in an away game.
This outing put the Hawks on a two
game win streak, going into their next
game against Hopewell, which was
Hanover’s second game at home.
Speaking of Hopewell, that night
was a special one, for reasons besides
a whiteout and another home football
This special game was when state
championship athletes were recognized
for their achievement. State
Championship rings were distributed
10 minutes before kickoff at 6:50 to
individuals. State Champion wrestling
and baseball teams were presented
with their awards at halftime.
After the 28-14 victory at
Hopewell, the Hawks travel to Henrico
to play Highland Springs, and that
will conclude the month of September.
The first game of October will
be against Atlee, at Hanover High
School, which will be a pink-out.