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Hanover holds off Bermudian Springs, stays undefeated

Hanover's days of surprising people are over.

That's the realization coach Bill Reichart came to after Friday's win, knowing that his team's surprising 4-0 start means there will be a target on the Nighthawks' backs every game for the rest of this season.

Hanover put all of YAIAA Division III on high alert Friday night by knocking off Bermudian Springs, the defending division champions and long-time division powerhouse, by a 22-14 score in both teams' division opener.

"I know we're a big surprise for everyone, but we're honestly not a surprise for me," Reichard said. "I had a very high expectation for this team coming into the season, and the work these guys put in the summer months raised the bar."

The Nighthawks (1-0 Division III) marched 95 yards on 10 plays to take the lead on their first offensive possession and never relinquished that lead for the remainder of the game.

They led 14-0 at halftime but still found themselves needing a big play to put the game away late in the fourth quarter after that lead shriveled to six points. That's when quarterback Kyle Krout, on a fourth-and-1, dropped back and slung a fastball to Hunter Martz for a 32-yard pass to put the Nighthawks 4 yards from the end zone with a little more than two minutes remaining.