York and Sumter may not have gotten off to the fastest start of Week 0, but they provided an incredible finish.
Cougar quarterback Deshaw Andrews accounted for all six of his team’s scores, leading his team to a 42-34 comeback win over Sumter Friday night.
A somewhat uneventful first quarter gave way to a second stanza that saw 31 combined points hit the board. A Deshaw Andrews three-yard keeper gave York a 7-0 lead early in the quarter. Sumter answered on a 30-yard strike from James Barnes to Xzavian Burson. Andrews found Kyron Schrouder on the first play of the ensuing drive, putting York back in the lead. A 58-yarder from Barnes to a wide-open Kyjon Tyler evened the Gamecocks and Cougars at 14. A 32-yard Vincent Jenkins field goal for Sumter capped the scoring in the quarter.
The teams combined for five turnovers (all on lost fumbles) in the third quarter. York coach Bobby Carroll said of the turnovers, “That was typical first game. Extremely sloppy, lot of turnovers, lot of missed tackles, three blown coverages that ended up in touchdowns.” Sumter ruled the quarter on offense, outscoring the Cougars 17-7 in the period. A Barnes keeper and another long pass to Tyler gave Sumter a 34-21 lead as the period expired.
That’s when Andrews took over.
Andrews hit Wally Wilmore for a six-yard score to cut the margin to 34-28 Sumter early in the fourth, then scored the final two touchdowns on keepers to provide the winning tally.
“He really needs to do that (keeping the ball) more often,” said Carroll of his quarterback, “and he’s got the option to do that.”
Sumter forced York to turn the ball over on downs with less than a minute remaining, but three long Barnes passes fell incomplete.
York (1-0) will travel to Irmo next Friday night.