Dragons Take 28-17 Win Over “Hogeye”

The York Football Dragons traveled to Livingston last week and took an impressive 28-17 win over the Livingston Academy Wildcats, one of their oldest rivals.

The victory was the seventh win of the season and the second-straight victory over “Hogeye,” which had dominated the series for several years prior to last year’s win.

York took a 14-0 lead in the first period before the Wildcats settled down to come back and take a 17-14 halftime advantage.

The Dragons made some adjustments on defense in the second half, however, shutting down the Wildcat offense, which had rolled up 261 yards in the first half, to only 60 yards in the second half, and held them scoreless, while the Dragons added a touchdown in both the third and fourth periods to take the hard-fought victory.

Livingston took the opening kickoff and picked up a first down as Wade Neely picked up 27 yards to the York 39 before being hauled down by York’s Josiah Heddings, but the Dragon defense held, stopping Neely for no gain on a first down play and then putting pressure on quarter-back Will McDonald, resulting in two incomplete passes and forcing the Wildcats to punt.

York took the punt at their 8, and after Ethan Probst had picked up 9 to the 17, Heath Rexroat broke free and sprinted 83 yards for the score, with Johann West’s point-after boot giving the Dragons a 7-0 lead only 3 minutes into the contest.

After holding the Wildcats to 25 yards on their next possession, the Dragons put together another scoring drive,  with Ethan Probst taking it in from 16 yards to cap an 8-play, 85-yard drive, with West’s point after boot giving the Dragons a 14-0 advantage with 3:01 left to go in the first period.

Livingston struck quickly on their next possession, as Wade Neely broke loose for a 61-yard gallop for the score and Tee Beaty booted the conversion to close the gap to 14-7 with less than a minute left in the opening period.

After holding the Dragons to only 4 yards on their next possession and forcing a punt, the Wildcats put together a 12-play, 73-yard drive capped by a 12-yard pass from Will McDonald to Carter Hayes to knot the score at 14-14, and, after holding the Dragons to only 3 yards on their next possession, moved the ball from their 16 to the York 14, where, on 4th down, Tee Beaty booted a 31-yard field goal with 39 seconds left to hold a 17-14 halftime advantage.

The Dragons opened the second half taking the kickoff at the 42 on a 36-yard return by Thomas Miller, and moved to the Livingston 14, before Wesley Smith intercepted a Landrick Leffew pass in the end zone to stop the drive.

The Wildcats moved the ball to the York 44, picking up two first downs before York’s Josiah Heddings caught McDonald in his backfield and forced a fumble, which Landrick Leffew picked up and returned 48 yards for a touchdown to put York back ahead 21-17 after West’s third-straight extra point.

After holding the Wildcats to only 3 yards on their next possession, the Dragons began play at their 31 and moved to the Livingston 43 before a Heath Rexroat fumble was recovered by the Wildcats.

The Dragon defense again stiffened holding the Wildcats to only 18 yards on this possession, and taking over on downs when Cole Cooper and Jarrett Reed sacked McDonald for a 4-yard loss at the Dragon 39.

From this point the Dragons put together the final scoring drive of the night, taking only 4 plays to cover the 61 yards as Cole Cooper took it in from the 36, and West was good on his fourth-straight point-after boot giving the Dragons a 28-17 advantage, which would be the final score of the night.

After holding the Wildcats to only 5 yards on their final possession of the night, the Dragons were content to run out the clock for the victory.

The Dragon defense held the Wildcats to a total of 60 yards in the second half.

Although Livingston had 18 first downs to York’s 13, the Dragons got all their yardage on the ground, outrushing the Wildcats 351 yards to 250.

Heath Rexroat led the York attack with 173 yards and a touchdown and averaged 19.2 yards on 9 carries.

Cole Cooper added 99 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and Ethan Probst contributed another 75 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Wade Neely accounted for 232 of Livingston’s 250 rushing yards in the contest, while Will McDonald completed 5 of 12 passes in the contest for 71 yards.

Josiah Heddings led the Dragon defense with 12 tackles and 3 assists, including four tackles for losses while Ethan Probst added 9 tackles and 2 assists and also had four tackles for losses.

Overall, the Dragon defense had 12 tackles for losses in the contest, that included four quarterback sacks.

The Dragons, now 7-2 on the season and assured a playoff berth, will conclude the regular season this week as they travel to Woodbury to take on the Cannon County Lions, who, although winless on the year, is a team that cannot be overlooked.

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