York put this game away with two quick second half scores. The third-ranked Cougars went on to score on five of the six possessions after intermission to take a 53-21 win over Chester’s Cyclones.
York improved to 4-0 with the win but Cougars’ coach Bobby Carroll sees plenty of room for improvement.
“We play hard but we have to quit giving up big plays,” Carroll explained. “We are learning how to win. Now the players just have to let us coach them.”
The Cougars rolled up 540 yards in total offense but the win was anything but a given in the first half.
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York drove the ball to the Cyclones’ 3 yard line on the first possession. Running back Thomas Wilkerson seemed to be headed for a touchdown run when he was stripped of the football. Chester recovered the fumble in the end zone.
Two plays later, Chester quarterback Tommy Sanders found Earl Hinton open on the sideline. Hinton raced to the goal line untouched for the 86-yard touchdown. Chester led 7-0 after John Erby’s extra point kick.
Carroll warned his team of Sanders’ talents all week.
“(Sanders) is an exceptional quarterback,” Carroll said. “I could tell back in York that we were way too loose. I think our players thought Chester was going to be a pushover. We fumbled the ball. We fell down on coverage and we were behind right away. It was a lack of focus. I take all the blame for not having us ready.”
York tied it up at 7 later in the first quarter on Kyron Schrouder’s 50-yard run. The Cougars’ Buddy Anderson kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 10-7 in the second quarter but Chester retaliated.
Sanders ran 35 yards on a fourth-down play and the Cyclones converted on a two-point conversion to lead 15-10.
York regained the lead just before the half on Deshaw Andrews’ 16-yard TD pass to Schrouder.
Carroll and his staff challenged the Cougars in the locker room and York responded.
A 9-play, 65-yard drive produced the first score of the second half. Brandon Garvin scored his third touchdown of the season. The junior ran for 123 yards on 16 carries to lead all rushers.
Wally Wilmore recovered a fumble to set up York’s next touchdown that was capped by Schrouder’s third score of the night. Shrouder enjoyed a huge night – amassing 200 total yards. He caught 10 passes for 118 yards and added 72 yards on four rushes.
Andrews threw for 180 yards in three-plus quarters. Wilmore finished up at the quarterback spot and completed 5-of-7 for 59 yards.
Sanders threw for 276 yards and rushed for 40.
York will host Boiling Springs next week. Chester (1-3) plays at Lower Richland.