Last-Minute Rally Gives Smith County Come-From-Behind Win over Dragons

Trevor Threet picks up some yardage after intercepting a pass.

The Smith County Owls and the York Dragons met in a classic high school battle last week at the Dragon pit, with York holding the upper hand for 47 minutes and 49 seconds before the Owls scored with only 11 seconds left to take a come-from-behind 41-40 victory.

After the Dragons had gone up 40-33 with only 2 minutes to play, Owl quarterback Carson Hackett directed a 66-yard, nine-play drive to score on a 6-yard pass to Shermar King, and then connected with John Ross Hord on the conversion to seal the victory.

This was a classic duel between two evenly-matched teams, with the Dragons showing strength in the running game, rolling up 396 yards on the ground, while the Owls exhibited a strong passing game, as Hackett completed 17 of 26 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns.

Hackett also led his team in rushing with 90 net yards on 20 carries.

The Dragons were in control for most of the game, taking the opening kickoff and driving 66 yards on 8 plays to go on the scoreboard first when Cole Cooper took it in from a yard out and Ethan Probst booted the conversion to give York a 7-0 advantage with just over 4 minutes gone in the contest.

Smith County responded with an 8-play, 74-yard drive as Bryant Goolsby ran it in from 3 yards out to close the gap to 7-6 as the point-after boot failed.

York came right back with a 5-play, 64-yard scoring drive, capped by Heath Rexroat’s first of three touchdowns, this one from 39 yards out, with Probst again booting the conversion to give York a 14-6 advantage.

After the York defense held the Owls to minus 8 yards on their next possession and

York’s Austin Johnson, Landrick Leffew, and Ethan Probst take down Smith County’s Carson Hackett for a loss.

forcing a punt, the Dragon offense continued to move the ball at will, scoring their third touchdown a little over 2 minutes later as Rexroat  broke loose for a 43-yard score, and Johann West’s kick put York up 21-6.

The Owls came back with a 7-play, 60-yard drive capped by a 27-yard run by Hackett to pull to 21-13, and after stopping York’s next possession on a fumble recovery, pulled even with 4:38 left in the first half when Hackett connected with Jaylon Sheppers for a 17-yard touchdown strike and a conversion run by Bryant Goolsby.

The Dragons then put together a 6-play-56 yard scoring drive to go up 27-21 as Ethan Probst scored his first of two touchdowns on the night from 10 yards out to give York a 27-21 halftime advantage.

Austin Johnson breaks free for a 45-yard gain.

With neither defense seeming able to stop the other’s offense, the third period opened with Smith County putting together a 9-play, 65-yard scoring drive on their first possession to knot the score at 27-27 as Carson Hackett connected with Shermar King for a 10-yard pass for the score.

York then came back to grind out a 10-play, 59-yard drive to go back up 34-27 when Ethan Probst took it in from 16 yards out and then booted the conversion at the 2:23 mark of the third period.

Both teams then had turnovers on their next possessions, as Trevor Threet intercepted a pass to stop Smith County’s next drive, and then the Dragons gave up possession on a fumble.

Smith County got the first score of the fourth period, as Shermar King caught a 31-yard pass from Hackett, but the extra point failed, leaving the Owls a point behind at 33-34 with 6:25 left to play.

York then put together a clock-eating 8-play, 45-yard drive, which saw Ethan Probst score his third touchdown of the night from 4 yards out.

York opted to go for a 2-point conversion to go up by 9, but the run failed, leaving the Dragons with a 40-33 advantage with 2:01 left in the game.

Smith County then started their game-winning drive with 1:57 to go at their 34 yard line.

Hackett completed a pass to King for 35 yards to the York 31, after which the Dragons

Heath Rexroat turns the corner on one of his touchdown runs.

were flagged for a pass interference penalty which gave the Owls a first down at the Dragon 16.

With 48 seconds left, and facing a 4th and 7 at the York 13, Hackett broke loose for a 10-yard gain to the York 2 for a first down, and a personal foul on the Dragons moved the ball to just outside the one.

On the next play, York’s Thomas Cooper sacked Hackett for a loss back at the 6, and the Dragons then held and forced two incomplete passes, setting up a fourth down and six.which saw Hackett complete a pass to Sherman King, and then connect with John Ross Hord for the 2-point conversion, which proved to be the game winning play.

York had one final play with 5 seconds to go, but were unable to connect on a Hail Mary pass, allowing the Owls to hold on to the victory.

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