The Hanover Hawks dominated from the start, upending the top-seeded Atlee Raiders in the Central Region Division 5 Regional Championship Friday night, 31-12.
Hanover broke the game open late in the first quarter. After a 23-yard pass from Andrew Knizner to Sam Rogers made it 10-0, the Raiders' Kenner Berry had a pass tipped on third down into the hands of David Cryster, who raced 32 yards for the pick six, making it 17-0.
The Raiders scored on a safety and on the subsequent second quarter drive moved the ball to the Hanover 1. The drive stalled, with Berry fumbling a third down snap, forcing Atlee to settle for a field goal, and the halftime score was 17-5.
Hanover scored in the third to extend the lead on a drive which included a fake punt 39-yard run from Sam Rogers. L.J. Jones, who rushed 30 times for 166 yards, finished the drive from four yards out, and the game was no longer in doubt.
Atlee's lone touchdown came with four minutes left in the game, a 35-yard pass by Berry to Will McCombs.
Atlee finishes their best season in 13 years at 9-3.
Hanover now moves to the State Division 5 Semifinals next Saturday when they travel to Lorton to face South County, winners of ten straight after an 0-3 start. They defeated previously unbeaten Yorktown Friday afternoon 37-13 to win the Northern Region Championship.
The Hanover/South County game will be heard LIVE next Saturday, December 3rd, at 1:30, with pregame at 1pm on WHAN Radio, 102.9 FM, 1430 AM, and here on HanoverCountySports.org.
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