The York Cougars pushed all the "Wright" buttons Friday night for a 33-20 home victory over Chester to open Region 4-AAA action.
Wright, a junior tailback, gave a workhorse performance with 38 carries for 218 yards and three touchdowns. His final score, a 31-yard run, halted a Cyclones comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.
"Coach told me that you make your money in the fourth quarter," Wright said when asked about being tired with so many carries. "I just wanted to do my best to carry the team. Our offensive line did a great job."
Cougars coach Bobby Carroll also lauded Wright and the offensive line, which was missing two starters because of injury.
"Lee Wright is an awesome football player; and this offensive line laid it on the line without two starters."
The Cougars (4-2, 1-0 Region 4-AAA) relied on their power ground game in the fourth quarter after Chester rallied from a 26-7 third-quarter deficit to pull within six, 26-20. Freshman quarterback Tommy Sanders guided the Cyclones' offense on a nine-play, 68-yard drive, which ended with a 3-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone.
On the next possession, the Cyclones continued with momentum as Sanders connected with junior Jemarcus Moore on a 39-yard touchdown pass with 10:29 remaining in the contest.
After forcing a Cougars punt, Chester (4-2, 0-1) made a threat to take the lead, driving to the Cougars' 34. However, Sanders' pass was intercepted by Ty Currence at the 29 with 6:16 left. York methodically burned the clock with Wright carrying seven times on that drive before breaking loose on a 31-yard game-clinching score with 4:28 remaining.
"We feel that every game is a learning experience," Chester coach Anthony Sterling said about his young squad. "This game, we learned that our team has plenty of fight in them. We gave it all we had, but we just had a few missed assignments here and there which led to their big plays."
Junior Derrell Rambert gained 99 yards to spark the Cyclones offense.
Y -- Spencer Carroll 37-yard pass to Josh McCoy (Matt Bostic kick)
Y -- Lee Wright 3-yard run (run failed)
Y -- Mark Mobley 41-yard run (Bostic kick)
C -- Tommy Sanders 34-yard pass to Jemarcus Moore (Joey Ford kick)
Y -- Wright 2-yard run (pass failed)
C -- Sanders 3-yard run (run failed)
C -- Sanders 39-yard pass to Moore (Ford kick)
Y -- Wright 31-yard run (Bostic kick)
RUSHING -- Chester: Tommy Sanders 9-0, K.J. Dixon 12-36, Derrell Rambert 18-99, Quan Caldwell 1-(-4), Jemarcus Moore 1-1. York: Lee Wright 38-218, Corey Dover 2-5, C.J. Pendergrass 5-9, Spencer Carroll 4-10, Mark Mobley 3-45, Lamin Yanseneh 1-9.
PASSING -- Chester: Tommy Sanders 14-29-3-189, Quan Caldwell 0-1-0-0. York: Spencer Carroll 10-22-1-133.
RECEIVING -- Chester: Melvin Jackson 2-36, Quan Caldwell 2-2, Jemarcus Moore 4-82, K.J. Dixon 2-18, Latrone Tolliver 2-26, Derrell Rambert 3-36. York: Lee Wright 2-23, Josh McCoy 1-37, Reggie McClain 3-59, Lamin Yanseneh 1-0, Hunter Smith 1-0, Corey Dover 1-6, Greg Zelenak 1-8.
RECORDS -- Chester 4-2, 0-1 in Region 4-AAA, York 4-2, 1-0.