If there was such a thing as high school fantasy football, York running back Ryan Moore would be your No. 1 pick. As Friday nights game against Rock Hill wore on, the senior only seemed to get stronger, rushing for 187 yards and two touchdowns and powering the undefeated Cougars (5-0, 1-0) to a 50-26 win, their fifth straight this season.
Thats the great thing about Ryan, York coach Bobby Carroll said, hes such a competitor. He just made some great runs for us to get that clock going.
York piled up a 36-13 halftime lead and never seriously glanced at the rearview mirror in a dominating Region 3-opening win.
We gave up some big plays, but the good thing is we can make big plays, Carroll said. Im just proud of our team to get a win and go to 5-0.
Rock Hills chance came in the fourth quarter. Justin Stokes, who racked up 219 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, scored from five yards out to cut the Cougar lead to 36-20, but when the Bearcats (1-4, 0-1) forced York to punt on the ensuing possession, they not only roughed the kicker, they fumbled the punt return. With new life, Carrolls team ruthlessly took advantage, Moore scampering 26 yards down to the 3-yard line and quarterback Deshaw Andrews plowing in from a yard for his second rushing TD to put the game out of reach.
That was the turning point of the game, said Rock Hill coach Joe Montgomery. We didnt do well in the kicking game tonight and that hurts us.
The play sparked the Cougars after a sluggish third quarter in which the Bearcats shut them out.
The first half we were executing and we came out and we werent executing, Moore said. Coach said we werent playing our kind of football, so when we came back out at 36-20, scored again, we started rolling.
Moore did much of the heavy lifting for the Cougars. He smashed and dashed to 144 yards in the second half alone, and soaked up a standing ovation after a 91-yard run that ended at the Rock Hill 3 when a Bearcat defensive back tripped him out of bounds. Afterward, Moore grinned, his arms spread wide and his shoulders shrugged: I ran out of gas. Thats all I can say.
Montgomery had a little more to say.
Ryan Moore is such a good back, so physical, does such a good job.
The costly fumbled punt was one of four (two recovered) on the night for the visitors. In the first half, Rock Hill trailed 15-7 and forced York to kick it away near midfield, which would have given the Bearcats the ball and a chance to tie before the intermission. But the punt return was muffed and Yorks Patch Edwards fell on the loose ball at the Rock Hill 12. The Bearcats bowed their backs, but on fourth and 2 at the 4-yard line, Andrews dumped off to Josh McCoy and he followed a legion of blockers into the end zone to make it 22-7.
The win was the Cougars second straight over the visiting Bearcats, another milestone for a program thats reaching them on a weekly basis now. The last time York beat Rock Hill in back-to-back seasons, 1974 and 75, Cougar head coach Bobby Carroll was a middle-schooler.
I was 10 or 11 years old, Carroll said with a grin. This football team never ceases to amaze you. Weve got a lot of improving to do, but thats great to win a game like that and still have room for improvement.
York 50, Rock Hill 26
YCHS Ryan Moore 12 run (Patch Edwards run)
RHHS Justin Stokes 5 run (Easton Templeton kick)
YCHS Josh McCoy 11 run (Buddy Anderson kick)
YCHS McCoy 4 pass from Deshaw Andrews (Anderson kick)
RHHS JauQuan Feaster 2 pass from Brandon Banks (Stokes run failed)
YCHS Moore 1 run (Anderson kick)
YCHS Andrews 1 run (Anderson kick)
RHHS Stokes 5 run (Templeton kick)
YCHS Andrews 1 run (Anderson kick)
YCHS Antonio Davidson 3 run (Anderson kick)
RHHS John McCullough 3 pass from Banks (kick failed)
RUSHING RHHS: Justin Stokes 27-180, Brandon Banks 10-18, JauQuan Feaster 4-1, Jamil Simpson 1-8. YCHS: Ryan Moore 19-187, Deshaw Andrews 9-55, Josh McCoy 1-11, Kyron Schrouder 1-(-12), Antonio Davidson 2-7, Trinity Shannon 1-3.
PASSING RHHS: Banks 26-47-0-2. YCHS: Andrews 12-22-0-1.
RECEIVING RHHS: Chris Salerno 1-4, Jermaine White 3-17, DaChon Witherspoon 7-49, Antonio Hardy 2-16, John McCullough 2-13, Feaster 6-43, Stokes 5-39. YCHS: Daurice Simpson 4-68, Markel Castle 2-43, McCoy 4-56, Schrouder 2-23.
RECORDS RHHS 1-4, 0-1; YCHS 5-0, 1-0
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T