HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: York preview

08/17/2014 7:32 AM

08/17/2014 7:46 AM

How they stack up

Outlook: The Cougars have won 10 games in three consecutive seasons, something only South Pointe has also done among Herald coverage area schools. No other class in York history has accomplished that feat.

That said, York has faltered in the postseason in each of those three campaigns, getting closest in 2011 when it lost in the 3A Upper State championship to the Stallions. Can this group take advantage of a weaker Region 3-4A to claim a region championship? And then can Carroll’s bunch turn that into postseason gold?

Replacing Ryan Moore at running back will be tough, but Carroll will do so by committee with Myers Park (Charlotte) transfer Tyquan McCray and seniors Antonio Davidson and Thomas Wilkerson all getting a shot. Kyron Schrouder, who led the team in receiving TDs returns, while stud Daurice Simpson will line up on both sides of the ball, and hopefully tighten up the Cougars’ secondary.

Departed: RB Ryan Moore, OL Shuler Littleton, WR Markell Castle, WR Josh McCoy, OL Quinton Killian, DL Lawrence Adams, QB/P Jerome Pettiway, OL Thomas Broom

Key players: QB Deshaw Andrews, S/WR Daurice Simpson, WR Kyron Schrouder, K Buddy Anderson, DL Ethan Whitesides, OL Ryan Enniss, RB Antonio Davidson, RB Thomas Wilkerson, OL Travis White, DB Patch Edwards

(York coach Bobby) Carroll said: “We got here and kind of changed the mentality, I think, and the kids have bought into what we’re doing and our ninth graders now, were in the fifth or sixth grade when we started winning again at York. We’re just trying to build a football program, not so much a team.”

Did you know? York’s senior quarterback, Andrews, should be the only 12th grade signal caller in all of Region 3-4A. Andrews threw for over 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, while tossing just five interceptions. Andrews, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, also rumbled for over 330 yards and six more scores on the ground.

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