With a 35-26 win, the York Comprehensive Cougars are right back in the playoff hunt with an upset of the Nation Ford Falcons.
The win was York's third of the season and first in Region 4-AAA.
"It's a testament to these kids and the hard work they put in," said York coach Mike Propst.
Each team entered Thursday's game looking for their first region win and looking to clear up a cloudy playoff picture for the fourth and final playoff spot.
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Neither team got off to a great start with both squads trading punts on their first series.
A lot of the air went out of the Falcons' sails when senior Will Ford was injured playing safety. Ford didn't come back in the game in the first half and came out in the second half on crutches with his right ankle bandaged.
"We didn't play well," said Nation Ford coach Rusty Jester. "Our kids never recovered from Will getting injured. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot."
The Cougars came up big on defense on Nation Ford's second series.
York junior Marcus Shepard returned a Thomas Condron interception 35-yards to the 1-yard line to set up sophomore Lee Wright's touchdown to put the Cougars on the board.
Another punt by Nation Ford gave York the ball deep in its own territory. Despite the poor starting position, the Cougars made the most of the situation and went 78 yards in seven plays to score. Sophomore quarterback Spencer Carroll hit senior Cortavious Heath on a 50-yard pass and Tony Thomasson on a 15-yard pass play to set up Wright's second touchdown of the first quarter.
On offense, the Falcons struggled throughout the first half getting anything started. Nation Ford was penalized several times, pushing them back and forcing punts.
Nation Ford picked up only six first downs in the first half and Condron was uncharacteristically picked off three times, the second time by sophomore C.J. Pendergrass and third again by Shepard. The Falcons were also penalized five times for 40 yards, cutting short at least three drives.
York, however, did a lot of things right, including picking up eight first downs. Carroll hit five different receivers for 115 yards.
Nation Ford attempted a 39-yard field goal before the end of the first half, which fell short.
The Falcons came out and shrugged off its first half doldrums scoring on their first drive. Condron had a big first down pass to Nick Damm, then scrambled on a 44-yard run to get to the 3-yard line before senior JoJo Williamson ran it in to get Nation Ford on the board.
Just when the Falcons thought they were back in it, York senior Cortavious Heath returned the proceeding kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to give the Cougars a two touchdown lead.
York held Nation Ford on its next drive, but the Falcons defense came alive on the Cougars first true series of the quarter.
Senior Sean Potts-Harris returned a Carroll interception 34 yards for a touchdown to close the gap.
York came right back to shake off the touchdown and widen the gap again as Wright did the majority of the work for the Cougars picking up two first downs and rushing for 35 yards on the drive before scoring from 6 yards out.
In the fourth quarter, Nation Ford had a great opportunity twice being at the 1-yard line on the same drive, but a series of penalties and fumbles delayed the score initially, until a 1-yard plunge from Condron.
York had penalty problems of its own in the second half as the Cougars took themselves out of field position several times forcing them to punt.
One of those occasions put Nation Ford at the 35-yard line, where Condron hit Harris on the first play from scrimmage for a 65-yard touchdown to get the Falcons within two points at 28-26.
The Falcons recovered a fumble by York at the 30-yard line. After moving up and down the field, Nation Ford missed a 30-yard field goal, which would have put them ahead with under five minutes left.
That was crucial, as York went 80-yards in six plays to score again and put the game out of reach.