YORK — The defensive struggles for Nation Ford continued this week as York plowed through for a 66-24 win, scoring 49 unanswered points.
Led by senior Ryan Moore, who rushed for 241 yards and two touchdown, Yorks second-half performance overshadowed a 410-yard passing performance by Nation Ford quarterback Dalton Helms and a 220-yard receiving performance on 11 catches by the Falcons Brandon Cureton.
York quarterback Dashaw Andrews had a pretty good game as well, throwing for six touchdowns and going 19 for 27 for 292 yards.
York exploded in the second half for 35 points to cruise to the win.
Our team played well in the second half, said York head coach Bobby Carroll. Im proud of our kids and proud of the defense in the second half.
Both teams stopped the other on their initial drives to open the second half. However, York regrouped on its second trip down the field, and Moore scored to extend the Cougars lead on a seven-play drive starting inside the Falcons field.
The Cougars defense seemed more aggressive in the second half, pressuring Helms more often and getting to him just as often.
Moore continued to dominated in the second half. He scampered up the middle for a 44-yard touchdown to make it 45-24.
Right before the end of the third quarter, Andrews connected with Kyron Schrouder for another touchdown, their third of the game, on a 42-yard score to officially close the book on the game, despite another quarter left to play.
York scored on the second play of the second quarter to tie the game, as Andrews hit Daurice Simpson for a 14-yard score going 48 yards on the drive for the touchdown.
Helms and Nation Ford came back, picking up huge chunks of yards through the air to move the ball as he connected with Riley Hilton for 32-yards and Cureton for 22-yards on the drive.
Helms and Hilton connected for a 4-yard score to put the Falcons back on top 17-10 on the 10 play, 80-yard drive.
York answered right back as Andrews led the Cougars on a seven-play drive connecting with Schrouder for an 11-yard touchdown. The drive was aided by a 27-yard grab from Markel Castle.
Nation Ford was able to figure out Yorks secondary often, as Helms and the Falcons came right back and scored when the senior quarterback hit Cureton for a 86-yard score to make it 24-17.
As much as York struggled in the secondary, Nation Ford had its struggles as well in stopping the Cougars as each team had answers for the other. Andrews and Schrouder tied the game again with 1:40 left in the first half as they connected for another 11-yard score.
Andrews and York scored again right before the half to take the lead as he connected with Josh McCoy for a short 5-yard score to take the lead.
Nation Ford came out of the gate firing as Helms completed his first five passes, four of which went to Cureton. Helms then connected for the first score of the game with none other than Cureton on a 26-yard pass lofted to the right side of the end zone. Helms went 6-7 on the drive for 91 yards.
York had a good drive going except for a fumble that stalled things, giving the ball back to Nation Ford.
On the next drive, Nation Ford tried to get something started on the ground, but the York defense was daunting. Seeing that that wasnt working, Helms went back to the air and moved the ball better, hitting receivers over the middle.
Things didnt work out as well the second time around for the Falcons, as they had to settle for a 26-yard field goal from kicker Caleb Bruckner.
York finally got things moving midway through the first quarter, and Moore did the majority of work to move the ball down the field. Andrews had a big first down run to get inside the 10-yard line, but had to settle for a Buddy Anderson 23-yard field goal.
York 66, Nation Ford 24
NF Dalton Helms to Brandon Cureton 26-yard pass (Caleb Bruckner kick)
NF Bruckner 25-yard field goal
Y Buddy Anderson 23-yard field goal
Y Dashaw Andrews to Daurice Simpson 14-yard pass (Anderson kick)
NF Helms to Riley Hilton four-yard pass (Bruckner kick)Y Andrews to Kyron Schrouder 11-yard pass (Anderson kick)
NF Helms to Cureton 86-yard pass (Bruckner kick)
Y Andrews to Schrouder 11-yard pass (Anderson kick)
Y Andrews to Josh McCoy five-yard pass (Anderson kick)
Y Ryan Moore six-yard run (Anderson kick)
Y Moore 44-yard run (Anderson kick)
Y Andrews to Schrouder 42-yard pass (Anderson kick)
Y Andrews to Simpson 88-yard pass (Anderson kick)
Y Markel Castle five-yard run (Anderson kick)
RUSHING Nation Ford: Marques Coleman 8-21, Dalton Helms, 11-(-1), Andrew Bruce 1-0. York: Ryan Moore 26-241, Dashaw Andrews 4-22, Thomas Wilkerson 5-33, Kyron Schrouder 1-5, Markel Castle 1-5, Jerome Pettiway 3-13.
PASSING Nation Ford: Dalton Helms 26-43-1 410, Cole Martin 4-9-1 30. York: Dashaw Andrew 19-27-0 311, Jerome Pettiway 1-3-0 28.
RECEIVING Nation Ford: Riley Hilton 8-100, Brandon Cureton 11-220, Marques Coleman 4-43, Hank Tuipulotu 3-25, Josh Shade, 1-19,Colt Taylor 2-34, Spencer Pecarro 1-(-1). York: Kyron Schrouder 4-75, Daurice Simpson 5-128, Ryan Moore 1-8, Markel Castle 7-76, Josh McCoy 4-52.
RECORDS Nation Ford 5-3, 2-2 Region III-AAAA; York 8-0, 4-0.