YORK — After last week’s 50-26 conquest of the Rock Hill Bearcats, the York Comprehensive High School football team shifts its focus to a Friday homecoming game against cross-county rival Fort Mill.
The Cougars, ranked as high as No. 7 in the state in 4A football depending on the poll, will play their fourth consecutive home game when the Yellow Jackets enter the YCHS stadium for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
“Fort Mill presents a totally different challenge from what we’ve seen so far this season,” head coach Bobby Carroll said of Friday’s Region 3-AAAA opponent. “We will go from defending the Air Raid to a three-back option team.”
Carroll said preparing for the match against Fort Mill will be difficult. “We can’t simulate what they do in practice, with so much emphasis on the option series using the ground game.”
In Fort Mill’s 52-14 loss to South Pointe High School last week, the Yellow Jackets had 34 rushing plays and only seven pass attempts. Against Rock Hill, the Cougars scored early and often building a 36-13 halftime lead and never looking back.
Senior Ryan Moore, one of the premier running backs in the Palmetto State, got things stated with a 12-yard TD run. And Patch Edwards found the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Moore gouged the Bearcat defense for 187 yards rushing, including a 91-yard scamper.
After a 4-yard TD toss from quarterback DeShaw Andrews to wide receiver Josh MyCoy, Moore and Andrews added 1-yard touchdown plunge.
The visiting Bearcats sliced the lead to 36-20 in the fourth quarter.
Following a fumbled punt return, Moore broke loose for a 26-yard gain, setting the stage for Andrews’ 1-yard sneak for the TD.
Antonio Davidson’s 3-yard TD run closed out the scoring for the Cougars.
“We still have things to work on and we had a sluggish third quarter, but we are proud of the kids and happy to be 5-0,” Carroll said. “Ryan had another outstanding game.
“It’s the first time York has beaten Rock Hill back-to-back since the mid-1970s.”
Carroll said he is looking for more production in the trenches. He has said since the season began that the Cougars need to shore up the defense.
Andrews, whose emergence as a top dual-threat quarterback hasn’t gone unnoticed by opposing coaches, spoke in positive tones of the team’s fifth win. “It’s another good win for us,” said Andrews. “We got the running game going.”
Andrews said that the Cougars can move the ball through the air and on the ground. “We need to have great practices Monday through Thursday, which has a lot to do with how we play on Friday night,” said Andrews.
Robert Makar, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 225-pound senior offensive lineman, shared his thoughts about what it takes for the team to win.
“We work hard at practice every week,” Makar said “We’ll have to continue the hard work for the rest of the season to keep winning. We win together and I hope we don’t have to lose together.”