Dragons Take Impressive 40-6 Win Over Grundy Co. In Region Matchup

Cole Cooper takes down a Grundy County defender to open up a lane for Thomas Miller.

Coming off a 34-20 loss in a hard-fought game against a strong Coalfield team in game two of the season, the York Dragons rebounded last week as they traveled to Coalmont and handed the Grundy County Yellow Jackets a 40-6 whipping.

As in the first game of the season against Class AAA Cumberland

Landrick Leffew gets outside for a good gain.

County, it was total domination by the Dragons, as they rolled up 397 yards of offense, while holding the Yellow Jackets to 155 yards, and zero yards rushing for the contest.

Senior Ethan Probst and sophomore Thomas Miller both rolled up over 100 yards in rushing and a touchdown each for the Dragons, while senior Heath Rexroat added 75 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns in the contest.

Probst added another touchdown on defense when he picked up a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a score.

With heavy rain and winds buffeting the state Friday night, the game was postponed until Saturday, with a 12:00 noon kickoff.

Grundy County went on offense first, but managed only 5 yards on their first possession, and York got good field position to start their

Heath Rexroat gets open for one of his two touchdown runs.

first scoring drive at the 50.

After the Dragons were penalized back to their 43 on a holding penalty, junior quarterback Landrick Leffew connected with Austin Johnson for a 35-yard gain to the 22, and Ethan Probst took it to the 4 on a power run for a first and goal  and put York on the scoreboard on the next play with 8:23 left in the opening quarter.

Johann West’s then booted his first of three point-after kicks to put York up 7-0.

Grundy County then put together a 17-play, 66-yard drive, their best drive of the game, taking possession at the 22 and moving it to the York 12 before the Dragon defense adjusted to the Yellow Jacket offense and stopped the drive on 4th down.

It took only two plays for the Dragons to get back on the scoreboard, as Thomas Miller broke outside and raced 84 yards for York’s second score of the game to take a 14-0 lead as the first period ended.

The second period turned into a defensive duel, with York holding Grundy County to only 23 net yards.

The Dragons had one potential scoring drive, as they had a 47-yard drive stopped when Landrick Leffew’s pass was picked off at the Grundy Co. 2-yard line, with the first half ending with York continuing to hold a 14-0 advantage.

York’s Josiah Headings, Cole Cooper, and Ethan Probst take down a Grundy County runner.

York took control of the game in the third period on their opening possession.

After the Yellow Jackets were flagged for a personal foul on the kickoff, which gave York possession at the  Grundy 48, senior Heath Rexroat broke free and dashed untouched for  his first of two scores on the day to put the Dragons up 20-0 with only 10 seconds gone off the clock.

This would be the first of four scores for the Dragons in the period, as Rexroat added his second score on their next possession when he took it in from 11 yards out.

The Dragon defense was credited for York’s next score, as Cole Cooper sacked Grundy quarterback for a loss of 17, and forced a fumble, with Ethan Probst scooping up the loose ball and taking it in from 15 yards out to give the Dragons a 33-0 lead with 4:35 to play in the quarter.

After the York defense again held the Yellow Jackets to minus yards on their next possession, the Dragons put another score on the board before the end of the period, as Landrick Leffew went in from 2 yards out to go up 40-0 going into the final frame.

With the 40-point lead, the mercy rule went into effect, keeping the clock running for the final period, which saw a lot of the York reserves see some action.

The only score of the final period was on the last play of the game, when Hagen Cash completed a pass to Tray Hampton from 3 yards out, who crossed the goal line as time expired to give the Yellow Jackets, resulting in the final score of 40-6 and a big region win for the Dragons.

The York defense kept pressure on the Yellow Jackets the entire game, with Josiah Heddings leading the way with 12 tackles, including one sack and three tackles for losses.

Cole Cooper also had 5 tackles, including 2 sacks for -17 yards, with Ethan Probst and Landrick Leffew each posting one sack each.

Despite being pressured by the York defense and being sacked four times, Grundy quarterback Hagen Cash still had an impressive game, completing 11 of 26 yards for 155 yards and a touchdown, with one interception.

York has an open date this week, as they begin preparing for Smith County on September 15, which will be a very important Region  matchup.

Smith County is currently undefeated, and coming off a 21-0 win over Upperman last week.

Read this weeks paper for all the statistics.