YORK -- Seeking to even their record in Region 3-AAAA play, the York Comprehensive High School Cougars make the short trek to Fort Mill Friday night.
Kickoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. for the annual cross-county rivalry.
YCHS head football coach John Barrett warned that Fort Mill is capable of a breakthrough game.
"They do not play like an 0 and 7 team," Barrett said of the Yellow Jackets. "They have played good football."
Barrett expressed the importance of Friday night readiness against region competition.
"We can still compete for a playoff berth," he noted. "We need to get after it Friday night. We need a win."
Fort Mill fell to Clover 49-21 in the region opener for both teams last week.
The Yellow Jackets trailed 28-14 at the half on the strength of quarterback Danny Till's two touchdown tosses, a 14-yarder to teammate Max Simons and 22-yard TD toss to Dylan Thomas.
The other Fort Mill score came on a 3-yard TD run by Asa Kryst.
Prior to the Clover game, the Yellow Jackets through a scare into a one-loss Boiling Springs team before bowing 16-13.
With four region games remaining, the Cougars' offensive line appears to be equal to the challenge.
"I've been pleased with our offensive line play," noted Barrett, "especially in the Rock Hill game."
His point is well taken, considering tailback Quastin Walker's 200 yard rushing total against the Bearcats.
Offensive line coach Joey Moore said experience has been a key along the offensive front.
"We started the season with four seniors and a junior," Moore said. "They've been in the system several years and haven't disappointed us. Even in the games we were outscored, we moved the ball."
Said Moore of the region slate of games extending to the first week in November, "The key against Fort Mill and all of our games is to control the ball, keep the offense off the field and the clock running.
"We'd like to have four to five yards a clip. We have a great running game when we control the line of scrimmage. Our game plan hasn't changed."
The Cougars opened region play with a 52-14 loss to perennial prep power Gaffney.
"Our defense gave up the huge play but our kids played hard," Barrett said.
With Adrion Crawford still recovering from a hip pointer, junior Matt Haynie and ninth-grader Corey Dover rotated at quarterback.
Haynie returned to practice Monday of last week after recovering from a concussion.
Dover, who starts at safety and returns punts, replaced Crawford when the senior signal-caller suffered the hip pointer against the Bearcats.
"Matt and Corey both moved the offense," observed Barrett. "They made some mistakes but I was pleased the way they played against a very good football team."
Dover's 59-yard run off the option read set up the Cougars' first-quarter touchdown that knotted the score at 7-all.
But Gaffney pulled away convincingly with a 28-point second-quarter explosion.
York tailback Quastin Walker, who rushed for 69 yards, had a pair of 6-yard scoring runs.