Dragons Take Solid 28-7 Win Over Oneida: Face Upperman This Week for Senior Night

Senior Ethan Probst rushed 14 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, and teammates Cole Cooper, Landrick Leffew, and Dawson Threet each tallied a score on Friday, September 22 as the York Dragons took a solid 28-7 win over a good Oneida team.

The York offensive unit scored once in each period as they rolled up 379 yards including 310 on the ground as they controlled the clock and tempo of the game.

The previously-unbeaten Indians could find nothing that would work against the York defense which  only gave up a total of 116 yards in the entire game, and did not allow a single pass completion.

Oneida took possession to open the contest at their 40, but only managed to pick up 6 yards before being forced to punt, with York taking possession at the Oneida 48 after a 13-yard return by Heath Rexroat.

The Dragons managed to pick up a first down, but the ball went back to Oneida when Drew Crabtree sacked York quarterback Landrick Leffew on a 4th down, giving possession back to the Indians at their 31.

This possession was short-lived, as the York team recovered a fumble by Evan Roberts with just under 6 minutes left in the first period at the Oneida 45, which was the start of the Dragons’ first scoring drive on the night.

On this drive, Landrick Leffew completed two of his 6 passes as he hit Austin Johnson for an 11-yard gain, and three plays later connected with Lathan Drake for another 11-yard pickup to set up a first and goal at the 3, with Leffew taking it in on the next play to put his team up 6-0 with 2:13 left in the opening period.

After holding the Indians to only 3 yards on three plays on their next possession, the Dragons had a potential scoring drive stopped when Benji Lambert picked off a York pass at the 8, but the York defense held and forced a punt five plays later.

After Oneida punter Kolby Morgan 60-yard punt put the Dragons back at their own 10 yard line, the Dragons put together the longest drive of the game, as they went 90 yards in 15 plays, eating up over 7 minutes of the clock to score with 35 seconds to play in the half as Dawson Threet took it in from 3 yards out, and Leffew ran the 2-point conversion to put York up 14-0 at the half.

York opened the second half at their won 26 after a 17-yard return by Heath Rexroat, and the Dragons put together a 10-play drive before giving up possession on a Cole Cooper fumble at the Oneida 38.

The Dragon defense again rose to the occasion, holding the Indians to a minus 3 yards on three plays to force a punt, which they took at their 41 after a 13-yard return by Rexroat.

This time, it only took three plays to hit paydirt, as senior Ethan Probst broke loose for a 52-yard scamper, the longest play of the game, to put York up 21-0 after Johann West’s point after kick.

As the York defense continued to control the line of scrimmage, the Dragons would add another score midway through the final period, which came on a 38-yard run by Cole Cooper, with West again booting the conversion to put the Dragons up 28-0.

Oneida’s only score came on the final minute after they recovered York’s third fumble on the night at midfield.

Kolby Morgan picked up a dozen yards to the Dragon 38, and a 15-yard penalty against the Dragons moved the ball to the 23, setting up a 23 yard run by Morgan with 54 seconds left in the contest, and Rhemci Chitwood booted the conversion for the final score of 28-7.

In addition to Probst’s 132 rushing yards, Cole Cooper and Landrick Leffew rushed for 52 and 51 yards respectively plus a touchdown each, and Leffew completed 6 of 9 passes for 69 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cole Cooper and Josiah Headdings  had 20 tackles combined and three sacks for 26 yards in losses.

Lathan Drake pulled down four passes for 46 yards.

Evan Roberts and Kolby Morgan led Oneida in rushing with 52 and 45 yards, respectively.

Following the game, an obviously-proud Coach Derwin Wright spoke about the win, stating:  “Our team came to play tonight.  We challenged them at the beginning of the week and told them they were going to have to step up, and they responded.

“We opened up the defense and blitzed more,” Coach Wright continued.  Landrick (Leffew), Cole (Cooper), Ethan (Probst), Josiah (Heddings), and Dawson (Threet) all those guys were in Oneida’s backfield at one time or another putting pressure on the quarterback.  Coach Wheaton and the defensive staff had them prepared well and the guys responded.  I’m just so proud of them.”

“I told our seniors that this was their last homecoming and asked the underclassmen to play for our seniors and they did.  We had a good idea aBout what we would be facing, and the team was prepared and ready.  Even though we had three turnovers, our defense was playing well enough to overcome that.  Overall, it was a big win for them.”

Coach Wright also expressed his appreciaiton to the people in the community for their support, stating:  “We’ve had a tremendous number of people in our community sponsor and do things, and I know if I start trying to name them, I’ll leave some out, but I want to thank Joey & Raytells Vaughn at Medi-Thrift for putting on the concert Thursday night, and to Philip Hall of Hall’s Family Pharmacy who did our end zone and took care of all that.  It’s just been a great community support.  There are so many businesses.  You guys know who you are and we want you to know we appreciate you.  It was a wonderful Homecoming, the weather was perfect, we had a wonderful parade, the pep rally at the school was one of the best that I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s been a great week and I just want to thank the community for all they’ve done this week.”

When asked to comment on the Upperman team, which will be coming to the Dragon Pit this week for York’s final home game and Senior Night, Coach Wright said:  “We’ll be going into the game knowing that we have to play our best football and take care of the ball, and open up our offense even more, come out with a good game plan and not have our kids confused on what we’re doing,” he added.

Read this weeks paper for all the statistics.