Friday night’s game between York and Gaffney was played on the Cougars’ field, but make no mistake, it was played in Indians’ territory as the Cougars defeated their guests 38-13. In the first half alone, York got the ball on the Gaffney side of the field on six out of eight possessions. The Cougars were able to score on four of those six and effectively put the game away at the half with a 24-0 lead.
The way the game was won on the stop side of the ball was also more to defensive-minded head coach Bobby Carroll’s liking.
“We got our nose bloodied last week and it would’ve been easy for 15-year-old kids to come out here and lay down but they didn’t,” Carroll said. “Coach Prince had the defense ready to play. A little discouraged by all the offensive penalties but a great job by our defense. Luc does that in practice all the time. We run a ton of screens at him and he picks them off. I think he’s leading this team in interceptions. Real proud of Luc. He’s not a big rah-rah guy, he leads by example.”
Sixth-ranked York (7-1, 2-1) was coming off their first loss of the season last week to Northwestern after spending two weeks ranked number one in the state. The Indians had won two straight to start the Region 3-4A slate after starting the season 0-5.
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Things got started on the wrong foot for the visitors on their first offensive play from scrimmage as the quarterback-tailback exchange was fumbled and senior linebacker Luc Greene recovered. The hosts capitalized on the very next play as quarterback Deshaw Andrews hit sophomore receiver Shandon Cobb with a 16-yard touchdown pass at the 10:20 mark.
Two possessions later for the Indians, Greene stepped in front of a third down screen pass for an interception that set York up at the Gaffney 32-yard line. Six plays later, Kyron Schrouder ran in from 5 yards out to put the Cougars up 14-0 with 3:22 left in the first quarter.
Two possessions and two Indian three-and-outs later, the home team set up shop at the Gaffney 42. York drove nine plays before Andrews hooked up with Schrouder for a 22-yard score and a 21-0 lead. The Indians got their initial first down on their next possession with 8:14 remaining in the first half, and that first down came by penalty. Gaffney had 41 total yards in the first half of play.
The Indians did not earn their initial first down from scrimmage until their second possession of the third quarter. Senior placekicker Buddy Anderson ended the first half with a 29-yard field goal as the clock hit triple zeroes for the 24-point halftime advantage. In the third, it was more of the same as the Cougars continued to live on the Indian side of the 50 yard line.
After the second of two consecutive muffed punts started a York drive at the Gaffney 32, it only took two plays for Andrews and Schrouder to hook up again for a 27-yard touchdown and a 31-0 lead.
Schrouder had two touchdowns through the air on the night and 127 yards receiving on eight catches. He also had five carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Andrews finished 25-for-39 for 287 yards passing and four touchdowns in total. The fourth came on a 2-yard keeper with 9:41 remaining in the game. Fittingly, the Indians’ last gasp ended with Greene pulling in his second interception of the night with 24 seconds left. Of course, it was in Gaffney territory.
“This will boost us back up and give us more confidence,” Greene said