Dragons Take Share of Region 4-3A Lead With 20-14 Win over Sequatchie County

The York Dragons secured a first-place tie in Region 4-3A and a playoff berth last week as they traveled to Dunlap and took a 20-14 win over a strong Sequatchie County team in an epic battle.

York junior quarterback Landrick Leffew had a breakout night, as he ran for one touchdown and passed for another to lead the Dragons to their sixth win of the season and third Region 4-3A victory.

Leffew led the Dragon offense with 78 yards rushing on 8 carries and completed 5 of 10 passes for another 173 yards, including a 78-yard strike to Austin Johnson.

He also led the Dragon defense with 13 solo tackles and 7 assists. Cole Cooper and Josiah Heddings added 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.

Senior Ethan Probst, who leads the York offense with 844 yards in 8 games, picked up 44 yards on 8 carries and scored a touchdown, and Cole Cooper and Heath Rexroat each had 25 yards rushing.

The victory elevated the Dragons to a three-way tie for first place with Sequatchie County and Smith County.

Two weeks earlier, the Smith County Owls had invaded the Dragon Pit and taken a 41-40 win over York, and a week before that Sequatchie County had taken a 25-21 win over Smith County.

The game lived up to its billing between two evenly-matched teams, which saw the teams battle to a 0-0 first period deadlock.

Early in the second period, Sequatchie drew first blood when Brett Hicks dived in from 2 yards out to cap a 5-play, 56-yard drive, and Abraham Martine booted the conversion to put the Indians up 7-0.

After both teams had possessions which resulted in giving the ball up on downs, York began play at their 26 and took only two plays to get on the scoreboard.

Leffew connected with Lathan Drake for a 56-yard pass for a first down at the Indian 18, and Ethan Probst took it in from there, with Johann West’s kick tying the score at 7-7 with 4:21 left in the half.

Sequatchie wasted little time taking the lead back, as they began play at the 35 and put together a 5-play 65-yard drive which took less than 2 minutes, to score when Ethan Barker took it in from 20 yards out  to put the Indians back up 14-7.

York responded quickly, beginning play at the 27, with carries by Austin Johnson and Probst resulting in a first down at the 38, before a penalty put the Dragons back at the 22.

On third and 26 from that point, Leffew let fly a perfect spiral, which Austin Johnson and defender Skyler Mohler both went up for, but Johnson came down with at the 45, broke free from the defender, and raced into the end zone, with West’s point after knotting the score at 14-14 with less than a minute to play in the first half.

The game winning play came on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.  Taking possession at their own 36 on a 9-yard kickoff return by Austin Johnson, quarterback Landrick Leffew broke through the line and outran the coverage to give York the 20-14 lead after West’s point-after boot sailed wide.

From that point on, it was a defensive duel, with each team stopping the other deep into their opponent’s territory.

Late in the game, the Indians put together a drive which made it to the Dragon 3 before a personal foul penalty moved them back to the 18, where they gave up possession on an incomplete pass on 4th down.

With the Dragons trying to run out the clock, Rexroat picked up a first down at the 35, but a holding penalty on the next play moved York back to the 23 and stopped the clock.

With York facing 4th and 15 at their own 30 after another penalty was assessed later against the Dragons the Indians got a final opportunity when Ethan Probst’s punt was blocked, with Sequatchie taking possession at the York 19 with 14 seconds left.

The Dragon defense again rose to the occasion, forcing quarterback Barketrto throw it away which resulted in a penalty called for intentional grounding, setting up the final play of the game, which saw Dawson Threet sack Barker for a 7-yard loss at the 38 to seal the victory for the Dragons.

Sequatchie County was led by Brett Hicks with 104 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, with Adrian Jackson adding 60 yards on 17 carries and Ethan Barker with 42 yards and a touchdown.  Barker also completed 3 of 7 passes for 63 yards.

This week, the Dragons will be back on the road at Livingston to take on “Hogeye” in a non-region matchup, but nevertheless a big game against one of their oldest rivals.

When Livingston and York meet, you can throw away the records, but this should prove to be a great matchup between two very solid teams.

The Dragons are 6-2 going into the contest, and Livingston is 7-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of a very strong Cookeville team 35-14 in the second game of the season.

Get all the statistics in this weeks Fentress Courier.