High School football

York Cougars prep for opener in scrimmage against Union

Herald CorrespondentAugust 17, 2013 

— In their final tuneup before their season opener at home against Chester next week, the York Cougars had a couple of goals coming into their scrimmage against Union. The matchup provided a good measuring stick against the Yellow Jackets, a team that lost the AAA championship against Hartsville a year ago.

The scrimmage included 12-minute quarters and a halftime intermission. In the end, it was York on top 36-27, and there was plenty of film for both sides to review.

York needs to decide on a starting quarterback, likely either Dashaw Andrews and Jerome Pettaway. Both bring similar qualities to the field.

“We’ll look at each quarterback and see how they played on film,” said York coach Bobby Carroll. “We did a lot of things really well tonight, but we also played really sloppy at times. At the end of the day this was a good measuring stick for us.”

York scored first for a seven-point lead against the Yellow Jackets, and the two squads played fairly evenly throughout the remainder of the first half.

The Cougars led by eight at the half after defensive lineman Lawrence Adams tackled a Union running back in the end zone and Kyron Schrouder hauled in a touchdown pass from Jerome Pettaway.

York added to its lead on its first drive of the second half when receiver Daurice Simpson brought in a 26-yard pass from Pettaway.

York followed with another touchdown after Ray Ray Ellis came up with his second interception of the night. Josh McCoy caught a 23-yard pass from Pettaway for the score.

Linebacker Dario Brown had a couple of sacks for the Cougars.

“It was not always pretty, but we accomplished our goal of scoring more points,” said Carroll. “We made some mistakes tonight, but we played with a ton of effort, and that is something you can’t coach or teach. We are looking forward to opening the season next week.”

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