Enquirer Herald

Cougars visit Bearcats Friday

YORK -- Seeking to rebound from a 40-7 loss to powerful South Pointe, the York Comprehensive High School Cougars make the short trek to Rock Hill Friday night.

Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. at Rock Hill's District Three Stadium.

The Bearcats of coach Joe Montgomery, 4 and 1 for the season, pounded Fort Mill 50-0 last week.

"Rock Hill is a good team," YCHS head football coach John Barrett said of Friday's opponent. "It's another strong challenge for us before we begin region play next week."

The Bearcats were dominant at the point of attack, amassing 225 yards on the ground in the win over Fort Mill.

Rock Hill scored seven touchdowns, including a 20-point first quarter.

Jerante Hood and Jamal Tyler each scored two touchdowns.

Hood, who scored on runs of 12 and four yards, finished with 97 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Tyler, who had a 62-yard scoring run and found the endzone from six yards out, gained 93 yards on just four carries.

Running back Jatavious Stewart was next for the Bearcats with 49 yards on nine carries.

Xavier McFadden scored on a 60-yard punt return.

The Bearcats built a 34-0 halftime lead.

Senior defensive lineman Matt Sanders reminds the younger Cougar players that there's still a lot to play for.

"We need to come together as a team offensively and defensively, starting Friday against Rock Hill," Sanders said. "It's up to the seniors to provide the leadership."

Senior offensive lineman Jamie Smith recognizes the challenges ahead.

"Rock Hill is our final tune-up before region play," he said. "The offensive line needs to step up. We need to come together as a unit."

Corey Dover, a ninth-grade starter in the defensive secondary who also returns punts, agrees that the remainder of the schedule is an opportunity to make things happen.

"We need to step up at Rock Hill and continue to work hard," commented Dover.

The Cougars came out firing on all cylinders against visiting South Pointe last week.

The defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, much to the delight of rain-soaked fans braving the conditions.

The Cougars drove 47 yards on four plays, culminating with quarterback Adrion Crawford's 12-yard touchdown run off the lead option.

The running of scatback Quastin Walker, who finished with 82 yards on 18 carries, keyed the opening drive.

South Pointe all-everything quarterback Stephon Gilmore bolted 49 yards down the right sideline on the next possession and the visitors were right back in it.

The Cougars led 7-6 after the first quarter but the Stallions scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter and coasted the rest of the way.

"South Point is a great team," Barrett said. "Our kids gave good effort and did what we asked them to do.

"We played well in the first quarter but it wasn't enough."

Added Barrett, "We need a win. We need to get our confidence back."