The unbeaten York Comprehensive High School football team, ranked No. 3 in 4A in the South Carolina Prep Media Poll, will host Boiling Springs on Friday.
The Cougars will play the top-10-rated Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. in YCHS stadium.
The two teams enter Friday’s game with differing results from last week’s play. The Cougars came roaring back in the second half last week to defeat the Cyclones 53-21 in Chester; meanwhile, Boiling Springs, ranked No. 5 in last week’s state 4A poll, fell to No. 1-ranked Dutch Fork, 60-24.
The Bulldogs’ worst nightmare occurred when heralded quarterback Daniel Thompson suffered a broken forearm on his non-throwing arm after getting hit out of bounds in the third quarter.
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Thompson, brother of University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson, completed 17-of-29 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game.
He is expected to return to action in four weeks, which would bolster Boiling Springs’ chances in the region and subsequent playoff appearance.
Boiling Springs head coach Rick Tate said backup quarterback Drew Johnson has what it takes to lead the team’s potent offense.
YCHS head coach Bobby Carroll said there is no shortage of talent on the Boiling Springs roster.
“I’m sure coach Tate has confidence in their backup,” said Carroll. “A team like Boiling Springs will reload and be ready to play. Their backup is a quality quarterback.”
“Boiling Springs is a great football team with Division 1 players. They are bigger, stronger and faster than last year. I hope we are,” he said.
During last year’s classic at Boiling Springs, Buddy “Morten” Anderson booted the winning field goal as the clock expired. “We beat them in the last three seconds,” said Carroll.
After last week’s Chester game, Carroll said the Cougars lacked intensity in the first half.
“We started slow and sloppy,” he said. “There was a lack of focus and I’ll take the blame. We weren’t ready.”
Carroll said the coaches and players talked about it at the half. “Our kids responded in the second half,” he said. “We came out and blew Chester away.”
The Cyclones got on the board first when quarterback Tommy Sanders found Earl Hinton open for an 86-yard touchdown pass.
York’s Kyron Schrouder answered with a 50-yard touchdown run and Anderson booted a 35-yard field goal.
After Chester regained the lead at 15-10, Andrews’ 16-yard touchdown pass to Schrouder and and two-point conversion pass to Schrouder gave the Cougars a slim 18-15 lead at the half.
But the second half was all York, with Brandon Garvin, Schrouder, Antonio Davidson, Thomas Wilkerson and Wally Wilmore all scoring on run plays.
Schrouder finished with 14 receptions for 179 yards and three TDs.
The senior wide receiver said catching the ball is all about having the right mindset. “When the ball is in the air, it’s my football, not the defender’s,” he said. “You have to be a ball hawk.”
Schrouder said his formula for success Friday night against Boiling Springs was to “limit turnovers and score as many points as we can.”