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York’s seventh-ranked Cougars’ claws are as strong as their rousing roar.
The Cougars showed again Friday, Oct. 11 why they’re unbeaten and ranked among the state’s elite in Class AAAA football.
York, 7-0, 3-0, broke from an 8-7 first-period lead, igniting for 17 second-period points on the way to a 46-7 win over Lancaster at Memorial Stadium.
A key sequence came in the second period with York up, 15-8.
Lancaster had a first and goal at the York six, but the Cougars thwarted the threat and eventually took over on downs at their 13.
A snap later, York’s all-purpose workhorse Ryan Moore rambled 80 yards to the LHS 7. Four plays later, York quarterback Dashaw Andrews whipped a nine-yard touchdown pass to Kyron Shrouder for a 22-7 lead after Buddy Anderson drilled the extra point.
“Seems each game we have a situation like that where we are in position to score and we’re stopped and then give up a big play to turn the game around,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “We had a grand opportunity to score from the six, but were pushed back and stopped.
“Then, we gave up a big play to put them in position to pad their lead,” he said. “It was a turnaround we couldn’t rebound from.”
York, working the clock and its offense in sequence, came back to add a 32-yard Anderson field goal on the final snap of the half for a 25-7 lead at the break.
“We were a little sluggish getting started,” York coach Bobby Carroll said. “We had some penalties to hurt us, but overall I was proud of these guys. Coach McMurray’s teams play hard and I knew we would have to match that effort.”
The Cougars, after building their 18-point halftime lead, never looked back and cruised to the 39-point win.
Moore, who had a monster game with 276 total yards including 262 yards rushing, stretched the York lead to 32-7 with a four-yard scoring run with 8:36 to play in the third period. The Cougars marched 60 yards in nine plays to build their lead.
The Cougars pushed their advantage to 39-7 as Andrews, who threw for 294 yards on 24-28 passing, hit Schrouder on a 62-yard bomb to finish a 78-yard drive. Anderson, who drilled five extra points, converted the kick for the 32-point edge.
York added its final points midway the final period when Andrews blasted in from three yards out to end a 90-yard scoring drive in 11 plays.
“We played hard, but it wasn’t enough,” McMurray said. “That’s a heck of a team, a well-balanced unit. We gave up too many big plays and we also didn’t convert on some key short-yard situations when we could have kept our offensive surge alive and denied them the football.”
York opened the scoring with 8:12 in the first period when Andrews hit Daurice Simpson on a 33-yard scoring pass. On the conversion, Patch Edwards scored for an 8-0 YHS lead.
Lancaster answered as the Bruins covered 80 yards in eight plays, with Keendarius Truesdale hitting Jay Hood on a five-yard scoring pass.
Trevor Latham’s kick shaved the York lead to 8-7 with 6:09 to play in the first period. Truesdale’s 52-yard sprint to the YHS 22 sparked the scoring march.
A Tawaun Neely interception set up the Cougars’ second score and they went 70 yards in 11 plays, with Moore scoring the first of two TDs for a 15-7 lead.
LHS, which moved the ball well for most of the night, was able to drive for a first-and-goal at the York six, but was pushed back to the 13 where the Cougars held.
York then moved out of the hole on Moore’s 80-yard run to set up its third score for a 22-7 lead and the Cougars rolled from there to the region victory.
“It’s been a tough three-game stretch, but our players are still working and battling,” McMurray said. “We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get back to work. The key is finding a way to win.
“If we keep working and plugging away, I feel we can get there,” he said.
Lancaster, 2-5, 0-3, travels to Clover to face the winless Blue Eagles, 0-7, 0-3.
Clover dropped a 49-6 road loss to No. 1 Northwestern of Rock Hill on Friday night.