Hanover Area (1-1) at Lakeland (1-1)
7 p.m. today
The Coaches: Hanover Area’s Ron Hummer (35-44, 8th year); Lakeland’s Jeff Wasilchak (139-58, 17th year)
Last Meeting: Lakeland 34-15 in 2012
All-Time Series: Lakeland leads 4-2
Quick Fact: Hanover Area RB Brian Belcher rushed for a career-high 142 yards when the teams played last year.
Scouting Hanover Area: The third quarter proved to be the Hawkeyes’ downfall last Friday as they surrendered 20 points in a 54-40 loss to Lackawanna Trail. The offense was a welcomed sight for Hanover Area, which struggled to score in 2012. It had three rushing and two passing touchdowns. The defense, after a strong performance at Mid Valley, reverted to its 2012 form, though.
Scouting Lakeland: Lakeland put on a nice second-half rally vs. Valley View last Friday, but couldn’t hold the lead and fell 26-21. RB Chris Roche hasn’t been able to get moving yet, averaging less than 3 yards per carry. Keep an eye on Jeff Burton, the linebacker not the NASCAR driver. He has 35 tackles through two games.
What To Expect: Hanover Area, winless in 2012, is still a young team so uneven performances like last Friday are expected. If the Hawkeyes from Week 1 show up, this could be an entertaining game.