Dragons Falls 35-14 To Strong Upperman Team

The York Dragon football team took to the road for the fifth time in six games on Friday, September 28 for a battle of the unbeaten in Region 4-3A, and came away on the short end of a 35-14 score.

Both Upperman and York had dominated their opponents  for the first half of the season, as both teams exhibited a strong  offense and a stingy defense, with the Bees going into the contest at 6-0 and the Dragons at 5-0.

The Bee defense  was the first team that York has faced this year to stop their strong rushing attack, which had averaged 326 yards per game, as the Bees held the Dragons to only 104 net yards.

The Bee offense was also able to control the game by keeping possession for 30:08 minutes and running 58 offensive plays to 17.52 minutes and 36 plays for the Dragons.

All the scoring took place in the first half, as the Bees scored 14 points in the first period and 21 in the second period, and then held on as both teams were scoreless in the second half.

The game started with York on offense, taking possession at the 40, but came up a yard short on a 4th down play, turning the ball over to the Bees at the Dragon 44 with less than 2 minutes gone off the clock.

The Bees took advantage of the turnover, taking only four plays to score, as quarterback Donovan McCallister connected with Cole Bush for 25 yards to the Dragon 19, and then getting 11 yards on the next play for a first down at the York 8, with Blake Metzgar taking it into the end zone two plays later from 5 yards out and Trey Krolick booting his first of five point-after conversions to give Upperman a 7-0 lead.

After forcing a punt on York’s next possession, MaCallister connected with Cole Bush for a 72-yard touchdown pass to put the Bees up 14-0 with 3:41 left to play in the opening period.

The Dragons broke a 16-quarter shutout streak by the Bees on their next possession, as they put together a 5-play, 67-yard scoring drive, capped by Cole Cooper’s 25-yard run with 1:22 left in the first period, and Johann West booted the conversion to cut the lead to 14-7.

The Bees showed why they  rated in the top 5 class A teams in the state, as they put together two more scoring drives, one on a 20-yard pass from McCallister to Bush, and another on a 19-yard run by Metzgar to go up 28-7 before the Dragons got on the board again, when Landrick Leffew connected with Thomas Miller for an 80-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 14 with 3:29  left in the first half, but this would be as close as York would get, as the Bees went back up by 21 late in the half when McCallister completed a 42-yard pass to Sidney Brewington with 2:05 left, to give the Bees a 35-14 advantage.

The Bees took the second half kickoff and put together a 16-play drive which took more than 9 minutes off the clock, but came up short of a score when Trey Krolick’s 25-yard field goal atempt sailed wide left.

In addition to completing 7 of 13 passes for 3 touchdowns and 188 yards, McCallister also had 101 net yards on 19 carries.

Blake Metzgar led the Upperman offense with 123 rushing yards on 24 carries.

Landrick Leffew completed 3 of 6 passes for 93 yards, including the 80-yard pass to Thomas Miller, and added 15 yards rushing.

Cole Cooper led York’s rushing attack with 31 net yards on 7 carries.

This week, the Dragons come back home for their Homecoming game against non-region foe Wartburg at 6:30 p.m.

Next week, (Octobet 12)  they will get back into region play when they host  Sequatchie County in another big game.

Get all the stats in this weeks Fentress Courier.