There was no letdown Friday following No.2-ranked Northwestern's impressive come-from-behind win over South Pointe before a nationally televised audience last week.
The Trojans again pulled away thanks to senior quarterback Justin Worley and his favorite target, fellow senior Robert Joseph.
The duo connected for a pair of touchdowns as Northwestern sailed past York, 41-0, at District Three Stadium.
"We had some opportunities we didn't cash in, but our defense kept playing well," said Northwestern coach Jimmy "Moose" Wallace. "The defense got the shutout. We scored 41 points. And we're 2-0 and we'll take it."
The young Cougars continue to adjust under head coach Mike Propst, who is in his first year at York after leading R.J. Reynolds of Winston-Salem, N.C. a year ago. York started five sophomores on defense and moved Spencer Carroll, son of South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll, to quarterback. He replaced Corey Dover, who looks to settle into a key role on the Cougars' defense.
In his first career start, Carroll, a sophomore, played well against the Trojans stout defensive line, though his statistics may not reflect it.
York (0-2) held Northwestern in check for much of the first half, keeping the Trojans scoreless until Worley connected with Joseph on a 10-yard pass with 10:36 left in the second quarter. York's defensive line pressured Worley early and often. Jamil Harris, a 5-foot-4, 197-pound lineman, had two sacks in the second quarter.
The Trojans first strike, a pass-and-catch between Worley and Joseph, took seven plays.
On the ensuing possession, Carroll fumbled on third down as he was sacked. Northwestern regained possession on the 31 and only needed 30 seconds for Worley to find Stewart Hunt on an over-the-shoulder pass in the left corner of the end zone for the score and a 14-0 lead.
York continued to press, but found few opportunities to move the ball. A blocked punt and a pair of sacks late in the second quarter prematurely ended promising Cougars drives.
For the second consecutive week, the Northwestern (2-0) exploded in the third quarter. Last week Worley threw five touchdown passes in the third quarter to propel the Trojans to a 42-20 victory. Friday it was the Trojans' defense and special teams which set up quick scores in the third quarter.
The Trojans opened the third quarter with a 10-play, 70-yard, scoring drive that was littered by penalties. Worley's would-be 51-yard touchdown pass to Stewart Hunt was negated after a holding penalty on the fourth play of the drive. Two plays later, Northwestern was flagged for another holding penalty. LaThomas Long eventually broke through on a 10-yard run up the middle to punctuate the drive.
"We received the kickoff and made a play and out offense took it down there and put it in," said Wallace. "So I think that got us over the hurdle and gave us confidence. And a little confidence is great for football team. I think we all put it together in the second half."
About the third-quarter explosion, Worley said his team can't "seem to get off the bus and start playing right away."
"I guess we have a couple warm-up quarters and then start dialing in," he said.
After a quick three-and-out series by York, Northwestern went to work again. Nick Cousar returned the punt 48 yards to setup a short field for Worley and company. Worley's 3-yard pass to Joseph with 5:22 left in the third quarter put the Trojans ahead 28-0. The completion was Worley's 100th career touchdown pass in just over two seasons.
Northwestern's defense again forced a three-and-out series for York. This time, York punter Matt Bostic had his kick blocked by a host of Trojans that blew up the middle of the line. The ball bounced around and Northwestern's Gerald Dixon recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown.
While the Trojans posted the expected offensive numbers, it was the carelessness that infuriated Wallace throughout the night. Northwestern was flagged eight times for 100 yards, and the coach summed up his feelings succinctly.
"Penalties concern me. I can't stand it," he said.
Northwestern is back in action Thursday after another shortened week when it hosts Ridge View at District Three Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
NORTHWESTERN 41, YORK 0
NW - Robert Joseph 10 pass from Justin Worley (James Smith kick)
NW - Stewart Hunt 17 pass from Worley (Smith kick)
NW - LaThomas Long 12 run (Smith kick)
NW - Joseph 3 pass from Worley (Smith kick)
NW - Gerald Dixon recovered fumbled in end zone (kick failed)
NW - Long pass 10 from Worley (Sully Foy kick)
RUSHING -- Northwestern: LaThomas Long 6-34, Justin Worley 6-13, Robert Joseph 1-22, AJ McCoy 4-14, Marcus Marshall 2-3, Diamond Miller 2-14. York: Omario Biggers 5-17, Spencer Carroll 15-29, Cor'tavious Heath 3-1, Lamin Yanseneh 8-9.
PASSING -- Northwestern: Worley 26-37-2-264, Matt Turney 3-5-0-11. York: Carroll 7-24-1-58.
RECEIVING -- Northwestern: Stewart Hunt 3-30, Joseph 10-74, Brandon Lewis 2-15, BJ Boyd 6-96, Delvieon McLeod 2-22, L. Long 4-31, Jeff Long 2-7. York: Tony Thomasson 1-13, Garet Smith 2-9, Biggers 1-16, Reggie McClain 2-13, Azievelle Smith 1-7.
Records: Northwestern 2-0, York 0-2