York rides sec­ond quar­ter erup­tion to move to next round

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Sports - BY STEVEN BOW­ERS Spe­cial to The Her­ald

The York Cougars scored three times in the last 1:41 of the first half, in­clud­ing two touch­downs in the fi­nal 4.9 sec­onds and cruised from there to a 49-24 home vic­tory over the Orange­burg-Wilkin­son Bru­ins Thurs­day night in the first round of the 4A play­offs.

“Just proud of these boys,” York coach Bobby Car­roll said. “They were 0-3 at one time, man. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, foot­ball is still a chem­istry game, and you’ve got to have a bond among the play­ers. But they got it back.”

It was the first time York had played in 10 days since the South Pointe game on a Mon­day night and the two coaches de­cided to move it up a night.

“We didn’t move this game be­cause of rain,” Car­roll wanted to point out. “We’d been prac­tic­ing since South Pointe and wanted to go ahead and play and Coach Crosby (O-W) agreed.”

TURN­ING POINT

York led 14-3 when the Bru­ins came up with a fourth-down end zone in­ter­cep­tion with 3:19 left in the first half. But Max Neck­lin re­turned the fa­vor on the next play with his own in­ter­cep­tion for the Cougars. He re­turned the pick 39 yards to the six and York ended up with a Beck John­ston cross­bar-scrap­ing 22-yard field goal.

The Cougar de­fense would force a punt, and Tan­ner McKin­ney hit Jor­den Evans with a per­fect 15-yard pass in the cor­ner of the end zone to make it 23-3 with 4.9 sec­onds left. The Bru­ins would let the en­su­ing kick­off hit the turf and York re­cov­ered with 0.7 ticks re­main­ing. McKin­ney then hit a wide open Ethan Mitchell streak­ing down the mid­dle of the field for the stun­ning 24yard score with no time on the clock. The Cougars led 29-3 at the half.

ON DECK

York plays ei­ther Greer or Pick­ens next week. The Bru­ins fin­ish the sea­son at 4-6.

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