Many expected a barnburner in York on Friday night, and that’s exactly what they got.
A back-and-forth offensive affair eventually went the way of the Cougars, as York secured a 43-34, non-region victory over Boiling Springs at the Cougar Den on Friday. That doesn’t mean York coach Bobby Carroll was completely satisfied with the effort, however.
“I’m a defensive guy, and that might be the worst defensive game we play this year,” said Carroll. “Blame it on me. I didn’t get them prepared.”
A three-run touchdown run by York’s Wally Wilmore on a jet sweep put the Cougars on the board first, though the two-point attempt was no good. Boiling Springs quickly answered, and the teams traded scores through much of the second quarter. After a five-yard Thomas Wilkerson score gave York the lead, Deshaw Andrews hooked up with Kyron Schrouder to give the Cougars a 26-14 halftime advantage.
Boiling Springs played without star quarterback Daniel Thompson, who broke his non-throwing arm last week. Junior Drew Johnson admirably filled in for Thompson, completing 25-of-38 passes for 378 yards and three scores, two to receiver Jason Hill and one to running back Brendon Robinson.
A bad snap on a Boiling Springs punt attempt gave York the ball on the Boiling Springs 17 early in the fourth quarter. The Cougars cashed in that break with another Wilmore touchdown on a jet sweep to push the margin to 43-20. Johnson found the end zone twice late in the fourth, once on a one-yard run and another on a 22-yard throw to Hill. The final Boiling Springs onside kick attempt was recovered by York, allowing the Cougars to run out the clock.
Carroll did find a lot about which to be cautiously optimistic heading into next week, though.
“I’m proud of our offense. They played extremely hard, played extremely well, scored every time they got the ball, almost, and we’ll go back – we’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Carroll. “We’ve gotta go to District 3 two weeks in a row (against Rock Hill next week and Northwestern October 3rd). Hopefully our guys will respond this week at practice and get ready for what our goals are.
York (5-0) begins region play at Rock Hill next Friday. Boiling Springs (2-2) will take on Byrnes.