York rides second quarter eruption to move to next round
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.”
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.
York plays either Greer or Pickens next week. The Bruins finish the season at 4-6.