Dragons Keep Playoff Hopes Alive With 36-21 Win Over Sequatchie Co.

yai-ajn_1091Ethan Probst rushed for three touchdowns and accounted for 228 all-purpose yards as the York Dragons took a 36-21 win over visiting Grundy County  Friday October 14 on Senior night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The junior running back scored on touchdowns of 3 and 10 yards, and returned a kickoff for 87 yards for another score in the Region 4-3A matchup.

York senior quarterback Mason Cravens, returning after being out two games with a knee injury, passed for 139 yards to help the Dragons pick up their third win of the season and their second region victory of the season.

The York defense stepped up early in the contest, forcing and recovering a Yellow Jacket fumble on just the third play at the Grundy 23.

Three plays later, with the Dragons facing a fourth down and 6 at the Grundy 19,  Mason Cravens found Lathan Drake open over the middle for a 16-yard gain and a first down at the 3, and Ethan Probst took it in on the next play and then booted the conversion to give the Dragons a 7-0 lead  with less than 3 minutes gone in the contest.

Grundy came back with a 13 play, 80-yard drive to tie the score when Joshyai-ajn_1441 Wingo scored his first of three touchdowns from 5 yards out and J. Adkins booted the conversion to knot the score at 7-7 with 1:30 left to play in the opening period.

Wingo led the Grundy Co. rushing attack with 92 yards on 13 carries, and accounted for 154 all-purpose yards in the game.

After the teams exchanged punts on their next possessions, the Yellow Jackets put together another long scoring drive, helped by a 56-yard scamper by quarterback Hagen Cash to move downfield and score  on Wingo’s 1-yard dive to take a 13-7 advantage after the extra point attempt failed.

yai-ajn_1471The Dragons wasted little time in taking back the lead, as Ethan Probst took the ensuing kickoff at the Dragon 13, broke through the coverage and raced 87 yards for the score, and again booted the conversion to put York back on top, 14-13 with 1:45 left in the half.

The Dragons opened the third period by putting together  their longest drive of the night, taking less than 2 minutes to go 62 yards in only four plays, to take a 21-13 lead, as Probst took it in from 10 yards out and then booted his third-straight PAT to give York a 21-13 advantage.

The Dragons then recovered their second Grundy Co. fumble of the night two plays later and went 55 yards in three plays to get back on the scoreboard, when Josh Molands broke loose for a 39-yard sprint, and Cravens passed to Austin Johnson for the 2-point conversion to give York a 16-point advantage at 29-13.

The Dragon defense then did their job by holding Grundy Co to a minus 9 yards of total offense in the third period.

The fourth period opened with the Dragon defense still in control.  Sophomore Cole Cooper led the defensive charge with two tackles for loss, resulting in the Yellow Jackets showing a minus 20 yards on this possession.

The Dragons got good field position at the Grundy 35 on their next yai-ajn_1657possession when James McDaniel’s punt only went 27 yards, and took only four plays to score when Cole Cooper took it in from 10 yards out to go up 36-13 with 7:13 left to play.

Grundy Co. added another score with just over 3 minutes remaining when Josh Wingo broke loose for a 55-yard run to close the gap to the final margin of 36-21.

Obviously pleased with his team’s performance, Dragon head coach Derik Samber commented:  “Grundy County is a good ball team, but I thought that we stayed more focused tonight and played more to our potential that we have in some of the previous games.  We were also able to take advantage of some breaks tonight.”

The Dragons pretty-well dominated the game, rolling up 230 yards of rushing yardage and 153 passing, for 383 yards of net offense, while the defense held the Grundy team 203 total yards of offense and allowed the Yellow Jackets only 6 completions in 16 attempts for 40 yards through the air.

The sophomore duo of Cole Cooper and Landrick Leffew continued to dominate the defense for York, with Cooper getting 8 solo tackles and 2 assists, including three tackles for losses, while Leffew had 7 solo tackles and 3 assists.

yai-ajn_1845In addition to Josh Wingo’s team-leading 92 yards rushing on 13 carries, quarterback Hagen Cash accounted for 74 yards on a dozen carries.

This week, the Dragons will travel to “The Hole” at Smith County to take on the Owls in a very important Region 4-3A contest, with playoff implications for both teams.

“It’s always a challenge to go to Smith County and play the Owls,” said York head coach Samber.  “They’re always a well-coached team, and they’re particularly hard to beat at home.  This is a big game for both teams, so we need to be ready,” he added.

Currently, Sequatchie County has secured a playoff berth with an 8-0 overall record and a 4-0 region record.

DeKalb County, who was idle this week, is currently 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the region.

Upperman, who lost to Smith County 15-13 last week, is currently in third place with a 4-4 overall record and a 3-1 region record.

Smith County is 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the region, while York is 3-6 overall and 2-3 in region play.

Grundy County, at 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the region is  currently sixth with an overall record of 1-7 and  1-4 in the region, while Cannon County is 2-7 overall and 0-5 in region play.

Read all the statistics in this weeks Fentress Courier.