Dragons Crush Lions 34-2 For First District Win of Season


The York Football Dragons traveled to Woodbury last Friday night and picked up their first District 8-AA win as well as kept their playoff hopes alive as they crushed the Cannon County Lions 34-2.
York freshman quarterback Mason Cravens completed 7 of 11 passes for 232 yards, including  two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Dragons rolled up all their points in the first half, including 20 first period points.
On a cold night, it didn’t take the Dragons offense long to warm up. Cravens found Vince Lotempio open deep for a 69-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. Lance Crockett ran in the two-point conversion to give the Dragons an early 8-0 lead.
After Lotempio intercepted a Lions pass on their first play at the Cannon 14-yard line, a Brian Crabtree two-yard run gave the Dragons a 14-0 lead only 1:35 into the game.
Cravens tacked on a one-yard score late in the first quarter, and then hit his brother Dylan Cravens for an 82-yard touchdown strike early in the second quarter to extend the Dragon lead to 26-0.
The final score of the night for York came with 1:06 left in the second period when Cravens again sneaked it in from a yard out, with Lance Crockett running it in for the 2-point conversion to give the Dragons a 34-0 halftime advantage.
Cannon County struggled to move the ball all night, as the Dragon defense gave up only 45 yards rushing on 34 attempts, and picked off three passes in the game, allowing the Lions to complete only 9 of 20 passes for 73 yards.
Ty Bingham led nine Dragons rushers on the night with 40 yards on six carries. Crockett had 24 yards on six carries, and Cravens added 20 yards.

AJ Daniel had five carries for 25 yards and caught four passes for 52 yards to lead the Lions.
With the big lead at the half, York was able to allow several younger players to see action, with a total of nine players carrying the ball and four players catching passes.
In addition to Dylan Cravens’s 82-yard touchdown reception, Vince Lotempio snagged two passes for 108 yards, including the 69-yard score to open the game; Matt Williams pulled down three passes for 28 yards, and Austin Bertram had one reception for 14 yards.
Lotempio led the Dragons with 131 all-purpose yards in the contest.
Lance Crockett and Matt Williams shared defensive honors with 9 tackles each, with Williams getting two sacks for a 13-yard loss.
For the game, York had 11 tackles for losses.
Jonathan Smith led Cannon County with 10 solo tackles and 2 assists.
Cannon County’s only score of the game came with 2:46 left in the fourth period when they recovered a loose ball in the York end zone for a safety.
The Dragons (4-5, 1-4 District 8-AA) will travel to Livingston next week for the regular season finale. The Lions (0-9, 0-5 8-AA) will host the unbeaten Upperman Bees to wrap up their season.

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