Cougars shift focus to Nation Ford

genegraham@comporium.netOctober 15, 2013 

— Riding the momentum of a seven-game winning streak, the top 10-ranked York Comprehensive High School football team is gearing up for Friday’s home game.

Nation Ford will provide the opposition, with kickoff time set for 7:30 p.m.

Though Nation Ford lost 63-3 to a South Pointe team with something to prove last Friday, the Falcons have had success in the past. Nation Ford enters Friday’s clash with the Cougars sporting a 5-2 record overall and 2-1 in Region 3-AAAA.

With Nation Ford still in the playoff mix, YCHS head coach Bobby Carroll knows the Cougars will face a team that is hungry for a region win.

“Nation Ford has two real good wide receivers, an outstanding quarterback and a solid tight end,” Carroll said. “They’ve developed a good program since the school was built and have had success in the past.”

Friday, York beat Lancaster 46-7. “Lancaster moved the ball early and scored,” Carroll said. “Our kids responded and the defense played better.”

Carroll lauded running back Ryan Moore’s bullish 263-yard rushing effort as well as the offensive line play.

“When you score 46 points on a Bennie McMurray team, you know you’ve had great effort,” said Carroll. “It’s great to be 7-0.”

With the Cougar offense clicking on all cylinders, Moore was all smiles after the game.

“Our offensive line opened up big holes and I had room to run,” he said. Junior quarterback Deshaw Andrews continued his pace, accounting for 330 total yards and 263 yards through the air.

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“It really helps my confidence the way our receivers run their routes,” said the Cougars’ signal-caller. “The passing game is a big part of our success and we got the run game going with Ryan.”

Junior wide receiver Kyron Schrouder was more than the Lancaster defense could handle, hauling in five aerials for 110 yards. He had touchdown receptions covering 62 and 9 yards.

“I like to run with the ball after the catch” he said. “The coaches teach us to turn our shoulder and avoid the tackle. I feel confident being able to run in coverage after the catch.”

The Cougar defense stood tall, with Tawaun Neely impacting the game with two interceptions.

“It felt great intercepting two passes, said Neely, a 6-foot, 2-inch, 170-pound defensive back. “I react to the ball in those situations. It’s something a defensive back learns to do.”

The Cougars got on the board with 8:12 left in the first quarter, with Daurice Simpson hauling in a 33-yard touchdown toss from Andrews and Path Edwards penetrating the end zone for the two-point conversion.

Lancaster answered with a TD toss from quarterback Keendarius Trusdale to Jay Hood with 6:09 left in the opening quarter.

The visiting Cougars were dominant on both sides of the ball the rest of the game.

Other scoringincluded Moore’s 5- and 2-yard runs, a 5-yard TD run by Thomas Wilkerson and “Spider-Man” Buddy Anderson’s 32-yard field goal.

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