Dragons Crush Cumberland Co. 41-0 In Season Opener

York’s Ben Cooper, Cole Cooper, and Josiah Heddings halts a Cumberland Co. runner’s advance.

For the second year in a row, the York Dragons completely dominated the game in rolling to a 41-0 win over Cumberland County in the opening game of the 2018 football season Friday, August 17 at the Jets’ field in Crossville.

The Dragons, going into the game with some questions, since they did not get any real-game experience in the pre-season, looked good overall on both sides of the ball, rolling up over 400 yards of offense, while the Dragon defense held the Jets to only 52 net yards in the contest.

The game started off slow, with neither team being able to sustain a scoring drive or get on the scoreboard  in the first period, but the Dragons scored on the first play of the second period to open the floodgates for 20 points before halftime.

York’s Cole Cooper gains some yards on the play after recieving the ball.

The first score came just 3 plays after Ben Cooper recovered a fumble to give the Dragons possession at the Jet 15 when Cole Cooper took it in from 12 yards out and Johann West booted his first of six extra points on the night to put the Dragons up 7-0 11:50 left in the second period.

On their next possession, the Jets saw their longest play of the night, a 36-yard   run by Stevie Day, but this possession stalled at the Dragon 38 when Landrick Leffew and Cade Brannon stopped Trevor Parsons for a 2-yard loss to take over on downs.

The Dragons then put together an 8-play drive, staying on the ground, with Josiah Heddings picking up 29 yards on two plays, Cole Cooper a dozen yards on two plays, Thomas Miller getting 8 yards, and Landrick Leffew capping the drive with a 10-yard run to put the Dragons up 14-0 with 5:26 left in the first half.

After holding the Jets to only 6 yards on their next possession, York put together another scoring drive before the half, going 85 yards in six plays to go up 20-0 before the half.

The two big plays in this drive was a 33-yard pass completion from Leffew to

Landrick Leffew gets outside for a good gain.

Lathan Drake, followed by a 46-yard scoring scamper by Leffew for the score.

The Dragons continued where they left off as they opened the third period with a 17-play, 80-yard scoring drive, which took 7:15 off the clock and extended their lead to 27-0.

The Dragons completely dominated the second half, outpacing the Jets 211 yards to 13 in the second half, adding two more scores: a 20-yard run by Thomas Miller with 1:12 left in the third quarter and a 16 yard run by Cade Brannon with 5:53 left in the fourth period to post the 41-0 victory.

The Dragons were led offensively by Cole Cooper with 98 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, with Josiah Heddings adding 93 yards  and a touchdown on 11 carries.  Landrick Leffew added 70 yards and two touchdowns  on 9 carries and Thomas Miller also had 70 yards and a touchdown.

Landrick Leffew also led the York defense with 8 tackles and 2 assists, while Cole Cooper had 6 tackles.

Landrick Leffew also completed two of 5 passes to Lathan Drake for 44 yards.

Elijah Tollett led the Cumberland Co. offense with 14 tackles and 9 assists.

This week, the Dragons will take on a very good Class A team when they travel to Coalfield.  Gametime is 7:00 central time:

Gates open at 5:00 Central time.  Tickets are $7.00 each.

Fans should park in the front lot and the lot directly behind the visiting side of the field.  The main entrance gate is next to the school on the home side.

Seating is limited on the passenger side.  Two sections of about 8 rows with 20 seats per row.  It is recommended that fans arrive early.


From Jamestown via Wartburg through Rugby or Deerlodge and Lansing, take TN Hwy. 62 east.  After passing straight through the red light at Wartburg, go about 11 miles.  Turn right onto Rock Bridge Road and follow it all the way to a 4-way stop intersection in front of the school.  Go through the intersection and travel Coal Hill Road to Jerry Jones Rd.  This road goes directly behind the football field.

Via Harriman from Interstate 40:

Take exit 347 and go right at the bottom.  Travel 8 miles on Hwy. 27 north, turning right onto Coal Hill Road.  Note* This is a construction zone and there are no signs right now.  Once on Coal Hill Road, follow it until you reach the school and turn right onto Jerry Jones Road.

When asked to comment about his team’s performance, Dragon Head coach Derwin Wright said that  he was  pleased with his team’s  overall effort and enthusiasm, but there were still some areas that needed a little more work, which would be addressed this week as they prepare for a very good Class A team at Coalfield.

When asked about Coalfield, Coach Wright commented: “They’re always an outstanding Class A team that is well coached and very solid in fundamentals. We’ll  just have to be ready to play.

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