7 p.m. today
The Coaches: GAR's Paul Wiedlich Jr. (26-6, 3rd year); Hanover Area's Ron Hummer (34-39, 7th year)
Last Meeting: GAR 53-20 in 2011
All-Time Series: GAR leads 50-28-5
Quick Fact: GAR has won the last eight meetings in a series that goes back to 1926.
Scouting GAR: The Grenadiers' 35-26 victory over Lake-Lehman vaulted them into a second-place tie in the District 2 Class 2A standings and only 10 points behind Lehman. It came via air … sort of.
QB Corey Moore threw 47 times, completing 23 for 293 yards. But it was more of a short-passing game where GAR got the ball to guys who can get yards after the catch. WRs Lucas Benton (9 rec., 108 yds.) and Jamaar Taylor (6-92) had big games.
The defense was solid against the run, especially in the second half.
Scouting Hanover Area: A tough season got a little tougher in a 34-7 loss to Meyers last Friday. The Hawkeyes had their top-two rushers – Brian Belcher and Dillon Ropietski – injured in the first half. Ya'Sir Jones came in and gained 61 yards, but it took him 21 rushes. A positive note was Hanover Area had just one turnover after having three in each of its previous three games.
The Hawkeyes gave up points via pass, run and special teams and are surrendering 40.7 points per game.
What To Expect: GAR is hitting its stride while Hanover Area is hitting the trainer's room. It doesn't make for a pleasant picture tonight.
-- John Erzar