Dragons Remain Undefeated With Big 49-14 Region Win Over Grundy County

The York Dragons began region play with an impressive 49-14 win over the Grundy County Yellow Jackets on Friday, August 31.

York dominated both sides of the ball, rolling up 475 yards, all on the ground, while giving up 257 yards to the Yellow Jackets.

Through the first three games, the Dragon defense has yet to give up an offensive touchdown this year, as Grundy County’s scores came on a 15-yard fumble recovery and an 87-yard kickoff return.

Thomas Miller led the Dragon offensive show with 164 yards and two touchdowns.  Josiah Heddings added two touchdowns and picked up 114 yards on three carries, while Landrick Leffew also had two touchdowns on 5 carries for 69 yards.

Cole Cooper had a touchdown and picked up 69 yards  on 10 carries in the winning effort, in which the Dragons did not attempt a pass.

Coach Derwin Wright said that other than allowing the Yellow Jackets to score on the kickoff, he was overall very pleased with his team’s effort, stating:

“They were playing their defense too tight, so once we got through the line, we generally had a lot of running room.  Our offensive line was able to open up some gaping holes that allowed us to get into the open quickly, and after that, it was pretty much a footrace.

“I was very pleased overall, especially with the defense, other than the score on the kickoff.  Nothing upsets me more than to give up a score that way.  We had a player who slowed down and didn’t cover, which allowed that score, but hopefully, we won’t let that happen again.”

Our kicking game was good tonight.  Johann West on the kickoffs, with one into the end zone, and he was a perfect 7 for 7 on extra points.”

The game opened with York kicking off to the Yellow Jackets, who put together an 8-play, 59-yard drive, which stalled at the York 21 yard line.

On York’s first play of the game, York quarterback Landrick Leffew had the ball knocked loose as he was scrambling to get around the right end, and Grundy County’s Jaden Rueling picked the ball up at the 15 and took it in for the score, with Jaden Nance booting the conversion to give Grundy County a 7-0 lead with less than 4 minutes gone off the clock.

The Dragons then went to work, putting together a six play, 56-yard drive which was capped when Josiah Heddings took it in from 4 yards out, with Johann West booting his first of seven extra points to tie the score at 7-7 with 2:32 left in the first period.

Cole Cooper accounted for 33 yards of this drive on four carries and Thomas Miller had a 17-yard run.

After holding the Yellow Jackets to only 18 yards on their next possession, York went ahead 14-7 when York senior fullback Josiah Heddings broke through the line and outraced the coverage for an 83-yard score to put the Dragons up 14-7, from which point they never looked back, as they pulled out to a 21-7 lead  on a 35-yard run by Thomas Miller to end the first period, and added two more scores in the second period.

In the second period, the Dragons went up 28-7 as Cole Cooper capped a 4-play, 75-yard drive, which saw Ben Cooper break loose for a 54-yard gallop, and added another score as Miller broke loose for a 72-yard sprint to put the Dragons up 35-7.

Grundy added their only other score on the ensuing kickoff when Ethan Nunley took the kick at the 13, and returned it 87 yards for the score, with Nance again booting the conversion to close the gap to 35-14 with 2:27 left in the half.

York added the final score of the half as Landrick Leffew took it in from a yard out to cap a 5-play, 48-yard drive to put the Dragons up 42-14.

The only other score of the game came on York’s first possession of the second half, when Leffew took it in from a yard out to cap a 5-play, 91 yard scoring drive.

This score was set up two plays earlier by a 64-yard scamper by Leffew to give York a first and goal at the Grundy 6.

“We’ve now gotten a big region win, which is huge. Coach Wright said.   Last year, we lost out on being region champion by one point, so it’s impotant to get that first region win.  This year, the region has several good teams.  Upperman is undefeated and Cannon County has been playing some good ball, and we know that when we go to “the hole” at Smith County in a couple of weeks that we’re going to have to be ready to play.

Read the rest of the story and all the stats in this weeks Fentress Courier.