YORK — York coach Bobby Carroll didn’t have a problem letting quarterback Dashaw Andrews make one more perfect decision.
Andrews obliged with a 30-yard pass to Josh McCoy with 2:33 remaining, which helped the Cougars run out the clock in a 35-32 win against the No. 8 Gaffney Indians on Friday. Andrews finished 22-of-30 passing for 238 yards and three total touchdowns, and York earned the second win against Gaffney in school history.
“For us to come back in the second half for the second straight week against a Big 16 school is huge,” Carroll said. “We’re the smallest 4A program in the state. It speaks volumes.”
York (3-0) couldn’t have scripted a better first quarter. Andrews converted two key fourth-down conversions on drives that led to a pair of touchdowns – Andrews scored on a 2-yard sneak and Ryan Moore added a 21-yard TD run.
The Cougars’ defense added two sacks and an interception return for a score by Dario Brown, and York led 21-6 after one quarter.
“We had some guys who misbehaved and couldn’t play and some guys who had some aches,” Gaffney coach Dan Jones said. “It cost us, but we have to develop some toughness.”
Gaffney (2-2) answered with three TD drives in the second period. Standout tailback Hyleck Foster, who finished with 301 total yards, scored on an 8-yard run and a 54-yard screen pass. Eddie Studyvance added a 17-yard TD pass to Scott McCluney with 1:03 left in the half to give the Indians a 25-21 lead.
The Cougars and Indians combined to go 5 of 5 on fourth-down conversions in the first half.
Andrews rattled off eight straight completions to open the third quarter, the last an 11-yard strike to Kyron Schrouder for retake the lead at 28-25.
York also straightened out its defense. Chance Kelly recovered a fumble, and the Cougars forced a punt. Gaffney then tried to fake a punt from its own 24-yard line, but Foster was stopped well short of the first down.
Andrews converted the next possession into a 1-yard TD run for a 35-25 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. He finished 12-of-12 passing in the third quarter.
“The coaches called great plays,” Andrews said. “We just went out and tried to execute as perfect as we could.”
Foster answered with another TD on a screen pass, this time for 67 yards. The Indians marched 17 plays for the potential go-ahead score, but the Cougars turned them away. That set up Andrews’ last connection with McCoy for the win.
“I’m not only proud of our offense but also our defense,” Carroll said. “We have 10 new guys on that side of the ball, and they stepped up when they needed to.”
York 35, Gaffney 32
G-Eddie Studyvance 7 run (Kick failed)
Y-Dashaw Andrews 2 run (Buddy Anderson kick)
Y-Dario Brown 26 interception return (Anderson kick)
Y-Ryan Moore 21 run (Anderson kick)
G-Hyleck Foster 8 run (Conversion failed)
G-Studyvance 54 pass to Foster (Juan Navarro kick)
G-Studyvance 17 pass to Scott McCluney (Conversion failed)
Y-Andrews 11 pass to Kyron Schrouder (Anderson kick)
Y-Andrews 1 run (Anderson kick)
G-Studyvance 67 pass to Foster (Navarro kick)
RUSHING Gaffney; Foster 27-180, Studyvance 16-81, Shaq Davidson 1-14. York: Moore 19-80, Andrews 9-42, Markel Castle 1-2.
PASSING Gaffney: Studyvance 17-33-0, 241 yards. York: Andrews 22-30-0, 268 yards, Castle 1-1-0, 30 yards.
RECEIVING Gaffney: Davidson 6-58, Foster 3-121, McCluney 2-20, Josh Wood 1-13, Greg Ellis 3-8, JoJo McGill 2-21. York: Simpson 3-70, Castle 7-83, Josh McCoy 7-58, Moore 1-2, Schrouder 5-55.
RECORDS Gaffney 2-2; York 3-0.