Dragons Crush Wartburg Central; Prepare for Sequatchie this week

The York Dragons picked up their fifth win of the season in impressive fashion last week as they traveled to Wartburg and spoiled Senior Night for the Bulldogs.

York dominated every phase of the game as they pulled out to a 20-0 first period lead and extending that margin to 47-0 by the halftime.

The Bulldogs were able to put together two scores late in the game against the York reserves, but it was too little, too late, as the Dragons took an easy 54-14 win.

Junior Cole Cooper led the York rushing attack with 7 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns and senior Heath Rexroat added 111 yards on 3 carries and added another score on a 66-yard punt return.

The Dragons were just as dominating on defense, as they held the Wartburg offense to -10 yards for the game, and had seven quarterback sacks for losses of 84 yards, and a total of 13 tackles for losses of 79 yards in the game.

The Dragons lost little time in getting on the scoreboard, as they kicked off to the Bulldogs and then held them to a minus 4 yards on their first three plays and forcing a punt, which Heath Rexroat rturned 16 yards to give York possession at the Wartburg 48.

Cole Cooper then picked up 13 yards for a first down at the 36, and Ethan Probst, on one of only four carries on the night, took it in to put York up 6-0 with only 1:31 gone in the first period.

Wartburg’s second possession resulted in a loss of 9 yards, and  forced another punt, which Heath Rexroat returned 50 yards for York’s second score of the game, and Johann West’s point-after kick put York up 13-0 with 9:07 still to go in the first period.

On Wartburg’s next possession, two personal foul penalties against York resulted in their only first downs of the first period, before York forced another punt and took possession at their own 20, from which point Rexroat swept left for an 80 yard scamper and West’s point after kick put the Dragons up 20-0 with still over 6 minutes left in the period.

After holding Wartburg to -8 yards on their next possessions, York put together an 11-play, 59 yard drive to go up 26-0 when Cole Cooper took it in from 3 yards out.

After an exchange of punts (York’s only punt of the night), the Dragons went up 40-0 when Cole Cooper ran it in from 24 yards out, and then extended their lead to 47-0 minutes later when Landrick Leffew went in from, 7 yards out.

With mostly Dragon reserves playing the rest of the game, Wartburg got on the scoreboard midway through the third period when Josh Moore completed a pass to Noah Barnett for a 51-yard touchdown to close the gap to 47-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, York’s Thomas Miller took the kick at 12 and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown to put York up 54-6 after West’s point-after boot was good.

The Bulldogs added another score in the fourth period when Tyler Davis connected with Jesse Melhorm for an 87-yard touchdown, and Noah Barnett successfully ran the 2-point conversion to close the gap to 54-14, which would be the final score.

Tyler Davis led Wartburg in passing, completing 2 of 5 for 99 yards and a touchdown while Josh More was 2 for 3 for 52 yards and a touchdown and Jeremiah Davis completed 6 of 13 for 34 yards.  Noah Barnett caught 4 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, and Jesse Melhorn caught one pass for 87 yards and a touchdown.

The Dragons, now 5-2 on the season, will be traveling to Dunlap this week to take on Sequatchie County in a game that could determine the Region champion.

Last week, Sequatchie County defeated Cumber-land County 36-3.

York opened the season against Cumberland Co., defeating the Jets 42-0.

Going into this week’s action, Sequatchie Co., leads the region at 5-2 overall record, while York and Smith County are tied for second place with 5-2 overall records and 2-1 region records.

Get all the statistics in this weeks Fentress Coureir.