Blowout win moves York Cougars to 4-0

Herald correspondentSeptember 20, 2013 

After the last two weeks, Friday night was like a glorified scrimmage for the York Cougars. And after giving up 45 and 32 points in those last two games – both victories – defensive-minded coach Bobby Carroll had to enjoy this one a little more.

Deshaw Andrews threw six touchdown passes and the Cougars followed up those two huge wins over Boiling Springs and Gaffney by defeating the Keenan Raiders 57-12 at York High School. The wins moves York to 4-0 in what Carroll calls the “preseason.” The Cougars begin Region 3-AAAA play next Friday by hosting county rival Rock Hill.

It was hard to tell the last two weeks that Carroll was happy after the shootout wins. It wasn’t much easier to get a smile out of him after the victory over an over-matched opponent Friday night.

“We really didn’t play good and it’s my fault,” Carroll said. “The team was extremely flat when we came out there. We blew some stuff, we had the guy sacked several times and we let him go. We didn’t play very motivated and I’ll take the blame. But we’re proud of our kids, we’re 4-0.”

The Raiders held the ball for 6:44 to open the game and threatened to score inside the York 15, but the Cougars’ defense forced an incompletion for a turnover on downs to take possession. The Cougars were unable to move the ball on their first possession but the defense forced a three-and-out the next time Keenan had the ball. The punter fumbled the snap and York took over at the Raiders’ 23. Andrews hit Kyron Schrouder for a 23-yard touchdown on the next play and the Cougars led 8-0 after Ryan Moore ran in the two-point conversion.

Tawaun Neely picked off Keenan quarterback Deion Trezevant on the next possession. Four plays later, Andrews hit Markel Castle on a short pass and Castle took it the distance from 49 yards. Moore’s two-pointer put the hosts up 16-0 with 9:47 left in the second quarter. After another punt, Andrews hit Schrouder again from 8 yards for a 23-0 lead. Schrouder and Castle each had two touchdown receptions. The Raiders answered when Peter Easaw took a pitch 73 yards to cut the lead. Moore broke Keenan’s back on the next play from scrimmage with a determined highlight-reel 79-yard touchdown run on a short dump-pass from Andrews. Moore looked bottled up but would not be denied as he zigged and zagged and fought through a crowd before busting out and out-running the entire defense on his sprint to paydirt. He also had a 40 yard touchdown run in the fourth.

“Ryan Moore’s in a class of his own,” Carroll said. “And Deshaw’s just going to get better and better each week. He’s never started in a varsity game until this year.”

Andrews was 11-for-18 for 273 yards.

Mitchell Trotter had an interception and 25-yard runback for a score in the third quarter for York. The odd stat of the night had Keenan with 11 first downs to York’s 10 in a game it lost by 45 points.

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