By Ed Greif
The York Institute Dragons scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to give them a 33-14 victory over the CCHS Jets Friday before a standing-room-only homecoming crowd in Jamestown Friday night.
The hosts took an early 7-0 first-quarter lead, but the Jets tied the game at 7-7, before the Dragons would stretch the lead to 20-14 at the break. York added their two go-ahead scores after a scoreless third quarter.
"We played with heart tonight. They didn't quit. Four turnovers was huge in the game. We played with intensity and character," said CCHS Coach Ted McCaslin, whose team fell to 0-5 on the season.
Cumberland County's first possession started at their 20. Quarterback Jordan Buckner carried twice for eight yards and passed twice to Colton Dykes for 19 yards, but Dykes fumbled on the pass reception at the Jet 47. Dragon Trey Moody recovered the ball.
York then drove 53 yards in five plays to take a 6-0 lead on Lance Crockett's 20-yard run. Austin Bertram booted the PAT for a 7-0 advantage with nine minutes left in the first quarter.
Dorian Holt then raced 84 yards for a touchdown, but a personal foul penalty on the Jets reduced the return to 30 yards, giving the ball to the Jets at their 31.
The Jets shook off the mistake and drove 69 yards in 12 plays to score on a two-yard run by Holt with 5:11 left in the first quarter. Gene Cravens booted the PAT to tie the game at 7-7. Buckner carried four times for seven yards and completed four of six passes for 48 yards — two each to Zakk King and Ty Tabor.
York took over at their 39 after a nine-yard kickoff return by Caleb Probst. Seven plays later, Mason Cravens snuck into the end zone from the one for a 13-7 lead with 1:43 left in the first quarter. All the offense was on the ground — seven carries 61 yards, including a 52-yard scamper by Vince Lotempio. Bertram converted the PAT for a 14-7 lead.
CCHS ran three plays as time expired in the first quarter.
The Dragons took over at the Jet 32 after a short punt. Six plays later, Crockett scored from three yards out to give the Dragons a 20-7 lead; however, the Bertrm's PAT was blocked by Dykes.
After a number of possession changes, the Dragons took over at their four-yard line after a 44-yard punt by Holt. Two playes later, Dykes picked off Cravens at the Dragon 37-yard line.
After a pass interference penalty for a first down, Buckner passed 12 yards to Dykes to the Dragon 10, where King scored on a 10-yard run. Craven's PAT sliced the lead to 20-14 with 3:32 left in the half.
York picked up 37 yards on seven carries to run out the clock in the first half.
Leading the Jet defense in the first half were Kobe Cox, Seth Randall, Dylan Oakes, Caleb Charles, Chace Marshall, Dykes, David Kutchey, Zac Smith, Nathan Blaylock, A.J. Dick, Trey McCloud, Justin McElroy, Daniel Ricards, Ty Tabor and James Vallecillo.
After holding the Dragons to three plays and out on their opening possession, the Jets took over at their 42 after a 25-yard Dragon punt. Dykes passed 44 yards to King for a big first down to the YAI seven-yard line. Buckner carried twice for six yards, and then handed the ball to Holt, who fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it was recovered by a York player for a touchback.
The teams exchanged the next four possessions, but the Dragons would score on their third possession of the second half on a one-yard run by Crockett with 10:05 left in the contest to cap the nine-play 56-yard drive. The PAT was no good; however, the Dragons led 26-14.
A short kickoff was received by Jet freshman Chandler Houston, who fumbled at the Jet 43. Eight plays later, David Reagan passed 27 yards to Lotempio for a TD for a 32-14 lead with 5:34 left in the game. The PAT made it 33-14.
CCHS took over at their 30 after the kick. Buckner completed four of nine passes for 43 yards, but the Jets were stopped on downs at the York 14.
The Dragons, sparked by Ty Bingham's 55-yard run, moved the ball inside Jet territory, but ended the game in the victory formation to take the homecoming victory.
Buckner completed 18 of 31 passes for 207 yards with one interception and rushed for two yards on 14 carries. Dykes caught six passes for 82 yards, while King had four catches for 82 yards with one TD.
Holt had 108 all-purpose yards (59 rushing, 11 receiving and 38 yards on kickoff returns).
Marshall was the leading tackler with 11 solos, one assist, one sack for minus six yards and two tackles for losses for seven yards. He was folllowed by Randal (8, Cox (7), McCloud (six), Tyler Cantrell (6), Smith (6), Oakes (6), Nolan McClain (5), Richard (4), Dick (3), Brewer (2), David Scavo (2), Charles (1), King (one), Holt (1), Blaylock (1), Vallecillo (1) and Jones (1).
Dykes and Randall each picked off a pass.
CCHS travels to White County Friday at 7 p.m. for a district contest.