Game of the Week: Atlee Hands Hanover First Regular Season Loss Since '09

Mechanicsville, VA (WWBT)- Hanover entered Friday night's game having not lost a regular season game since October 9, 2009, but the Hawks met their match as they traveled to Atlee and ran into a tough Raiders squad.

Atlee overcame four early turnovers and saw its defense come up big throughout the night en route to a 24-14 win over Hanover.  The win improves the Raiders to 5-0 and their win snapped Hanover's 19 game regular season winning streak.  It also marked Atlee's first win over the Hawks since 2005, two seasons before current head coach Roscoe Johnson arrived at the school.

The first quarter saw Atlee with trouble keeping control of the ball.  The two teams combined for four turnovers in the opening frame, three by the Raiders on fumbles, but the Hawks could not capitalize on the miscues as the first quarter ended scoreless.  Hanover would pick off a Ruben Rucker pass at the beginning of the second on the goal line, but the Raiders would sharpen from there.  Rucker hit Will McCombs for a long pass that put Atlee in the red-zone and set up a Jared Hall touchdown run.  Sam Rogers would answer with a two yard TD rush to tie the game at seven with 55 seconds to play in the first half, but Atlee would take advantage of the little time left.  Rucker found McCombs again for a big gain that put the Raiders on the Hawks' two yard line, and the QB punched it in to give Atlee the 14-7 halftime lead.

Hanover would draw even once again in the third quarter, as L.J. Jones broke off a 96 yard touchdown run on the Hawks' first play from scrimmage in the quarter, knotting things back up at 14, but once again, Atlee had an answer.  The Raiders put together a drive that ended with Hall's second touchdown rush of the night, a four yard rushing score to put Atlee back on top, 21-14.  That would conclude the scoring until the fourth quarter.  Hanover attempted to put together a drive to tie the game, but the Raiders forced Jones to fumble and recovered.  That would set up a 34 yard Joseph Pulisic field goal to extend the Atlee lead to 24-14, and the defense would do the rest to preserve that score.

Rucker completed 15 of his 26 pass attempts for 185 yards.  Hall led the Raiders in rushing, carrying the ball 24 times for 138 yards and the two scores.  McCombs pulled in four passes for 92 yards.  As for the Hawks, Jones gained 160 yards on 16 carries, while Rogers carried the ball 28 times for 113 yards at quarterback.

Atlee improves to 5-0, 2-0 in the Capital District, and will travel to Varina next Friday night.  Hanover falls to 4-1, 1-1 in district play, and returns home to host Henrico next week.

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