Take away the second quarter, and the visiting Rappahannock County High School football team all but played Hancock, Md., evenly.
Hancock scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to defeat the Panthers, 34-0, Saturday night.
“[The] positives are that we beat ourselves. If we eliminate their big plays as well as our mistakes, the score could’ve easily been reversed,” Rappahannock County head coach Terrence Johnson said.
Rappahannock is 0-2 this season. It faces St. John’s of Front Royal in its home opener Friday (Sept. 10) at 7 p.m.
After a scoreless first quarter, Hancock got on the scoreboard with an 85-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Wiles to halfback Tanner Dobrzanski. Tyler Cheng added the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
Safety Eli Souders picked off an errant Rappahannock County pass and returned it 65 yards for the second Hancock touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Later, Wiles connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Souders. Cheng’s point-after made it 21-0. Then, just as the half was coming to a close, Wiles rambled 36 yards for the score and a 27-0 lead.
Dombrzanski’s 63-yard scamper and Cheng’s extra point in the third quarter closed out the scoring.
Hancock completed the night with 255 yards total offense.
“All of their points came off of our mistakes,” Johnson added. “It may seem that they pounded the ball down our throats, but if you saw the game you would know, that wasn’t the case.”
The Panthers had 119 yards of total offense. Freshman fullback Billy Hogan led Rappahannock County with 28 carries for 82 yards. Sophomore halfback Matt Lombardi had 29 yards on nine carries. Junior Tim Ridgeway had 23 yards on six carries.
Ridgeway also caught freshman quarterback Dylan Hitt’s only pass for 13 yards.
“We drove the ball well against them. We actually had more first downs than they did,” Johnson said. “But penalties and mistakes kept us out of the end zone.”