GREENVILLE — York's turnaround continued Friday night, which put an end to Wade Hampton's most successful season in 41 years.
Lee Wright rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and the Cougars rallied in the second half for a 28-21 victory in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
York, which improved to 9-3 a year after finishing at 2-8, will play on the road for the third time in the third round against Daniel on Friday.
Wade Hampton (9-3) led 21-8 at halftime. York dominated the second half, although the Generals moved the ball to the Cougars' 27 on their final drive.
"That was a great game that a lot of people missed," Wade coach Kent Haltiwanger said in reference to the small crowd on the Wade Hampton side.
York brought a big crowd, although it wasn't as vocal in the first half. Wade Hampton used three big plays to take control in the first two quarters.
"It's my fault. We were a little flat when we came out, and they weren't focused," York coach Bobby Carroll said. "That's the thing about these York kids. Despite the resilience they have, they just haven't been in these playoff games."
An interception by Shaheem Stupart, who returned it to the York 1-yard line, led to a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Megik Henderson.
Henderson also scored on an 85-yard kickoff return, and he threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Wood. Joseph Booker took the snap and pitched to Henderson, who found Wood behind the secondary.
York scored on a safety and Spencer Carroll's 14-yard pass to Josh McCoy, but Wade Hampton had a 21-8 lead at halftime.
"We could have rolled over at halftime, and we didn't," Bobby Carroll said. "We went in there and got them fired up, and they came out in the second half inspired and played great football."
York scored on three of its first four drives in the second half. Wright scored on runs of 39, 1 and 2 yards to put the Cougars on top by the 8:57 mark of the fourth quarter.
Wright carried the ball 32 times in all, including 20 times for 153 yards in the second half. He carried the ball on the final eight plays of the game as the Cougars ran out the clock.
Wade Hampton finished with its highest victory total since 1970, but Haltiwanger said the Generals came up short of their expectations.
"Our whole goal was to win the state championship. It wasn't to lose in the second round," he said. "That was our goal from the start, we had the team to do it and we didn't do it, so overall it was disappointing. If we're going to get any better, it can't be acceptable that we lose in the second round."
WADE HAMPTON 21
WH-Megik Henderson 1 run (Trent Scott run)
Y-Josh McCoy 18 pass from Spencer Carroll (kick failed)
WH-Henderson 85 kickoff return (Greyson Aucion kick)
WH-Brandon Wood 41 pass from Henderson (kick blocked)
Y- Lee Wright 30 run (Matt Bostic kick)
Y- Wright 1 run (Bostic kick)
Y- Wright 2 run (kick failed)
Rushing: York -- Wright 32-208, Carroll 7-13, Simpson 1-5, Dover 1-2, Pendergrass 3-11, Mobley 4-21; WH -- Stupart 7-8, Scott 16-20, Grove 10-36, Henderson 12-(-2).
Passing: York -- Carroll 13-26-3 155; WH -- Henderson 2-6-0 51, Thoennes 1-1-0 21, Sudberry 0-3-0 0.
Receiving: York -- McClain 3-42, Nunn 2-27, McCoy 2-22, Yanseneh 3-30, Dover 3-34; WH -- Wood 1-41, Henderson 1-21, Holland 1-12.