Friday nights first round playoff matchup between York and defending Class AAAA Division II state champion Greenwood was considered a tough opener for both teams. It turned out to only be tough for the home-standing Eagles as the Cougars waltzed their way through the driving rain for a 42-3 victory. The win sets up a rematch with Northwestern next week in Rock Hill in the second round.
Senior running back Ryan Moore rushed 20 times for 135 yards and junior Daurice Simpson scored on a 70-yard pass and a 54-yard punt return to pace the Cougars. Simpson tormented Greenwood all night on punt returns as they continually kicked straight to him.
Daurice played all over the place, York coach Bobby Carroll said. He played offense, played defense, ran punts back, he really did a good job.
The pass play was right before the half and broke the defending champs back as it put York up 21-3 heading into the break. The Cougars took possession with 43.2 seconds left after senior defensive lineman Chance Kelly sacked the Eagles chances on a halfback pass attempt from their 20. After the punt and instead of taking a knee to run out the clock, quarterback Dashaw Andrews pitched to Markel Castle who lofted a perfect spiral to Simpson, who never broke stride on his way to the 70-yard score.
The York offense had struggled the last three weeks but broke out in a big way to start the playoffs. After the Cougars recovered a fumble by Greenwood quarterback C.J. Jackson at the Eagles 34, Moore would open the scoring eight plays later as he bounced outside to the left and cut back for an eight-yard touchdown run with 10:40 left in the second quarter. With 2:21 left in the half, Moore and York would answer Greenwoods only three points of the night with his 29-yard TD run to make it 14-3.
The Cougars defense forced the Eagles run-heavy attack into nine punts on the night, six three-and-outs. Greenwood punted on seven of their last eight possessions, with the one possession running out the first half clock.
Playing Clover last week really helped prepare us for this team, Carroll said. Coach Prince and those guys did a good job.
Moore tacked on a six-yard score in the fourth and backup quarterback Jerome Pettiway hit junior Kyron Schrouder with a 34-yard pass to end the scoring with 4:36 left.
Carroll had nothing but praise for next weeks familiar opponent.
When have they ever been bad? Coach Wallace (Jimmy) started building that program in 87 and I was there with him and watched it all happen, Carroll said. Thats a fun place to coach and theyve got great athletes and great football players.
York 42, Greenwood 3
York - Ryan Moore 8 run (Buddy Anderson kick)
York - Moore 29 run (Anderson kick)
GW - Jon Hollingsworth 38 field goal
York - Daurice Simpson 70 pass from Markel Castle (Anderson kick)
York - Simpson 54 punt return (Anderson kick)
York - Moore 6 run (Anderson kick)
York - Kyron Schrouder 34 pass from Jerome Pettiway (Anderson kick)
RUSHING: York: Ryan Moore 20-135, Deshaw Andrews 8-20, Thomas Wilkerson 6-26, Markel Castle 1-3. Greenwood: Octavious Morgan 26-87, C.J. Jackson 12-23, Malik Carter 2-13, Tra Sanders 1-2.
PASSING: York: Andrews 14-18-131, Jerome Pettiway 2-4-36-1, Castle 1-1-70-1. Greenwood: Jackson 1-2-3.
RECEIVING: York: Josh McCoy 6-53, Castle 3-31, Moore 1-8, Simpson 2-78, Trinity Sharron 1-7, Kyron Schrouder 4-60. Greenwood: Morgan 1-3.
RECORDS: York 10-2; Greenwood 8-4.