Upperman Rolls to 35-0 Win over York

The Upperman Bees invaded the Dragon pit on Friday, October 4 and  proved to be more than the Dragons could handle, as  they dominated all aspects of the game to post an impressive 35-0 victory.

Upperman quarterback Donoven McCallister led the offensive attack, picking up 136 rushing yards on 9 carries, and completing 11 of 16 passes for another 207 yards and four touchdowns.

Daniel Metzger was on the receiving end of three passes, for 79 yards, two of which went for touchdowns, and Ty Dutchess and Thomas Ensor each pulled in a pass for a touchdown.

York took the opening kickoff and picked up a quick first down on an 8-yard run by Jonah Durham before the Dragons came up short on a third down play, forcimg them to punt.

Upperman began play at their own 29, but on the first play, Donoven McCallister broke loose for a 21-yard scamper to give the Bees a first down at midfield, and four plays later, found Ty Dutchess open for a 41-yard scoring pass to put the Bees on top 7-0 after Kenneth Krolick’s point-after kick was good.

After the teams exchanged punts, the Dragons began what would be their best drive of the evening, when York began play at their 30, and put together an 8-play, 55-yard drive which ended with a York fumble at the Upperman 15 which the Bee recovered.

This time, the Bees put together a sustained drive, moving the ball 85 yards in 8 plays to go ahead 14-0 when McCallister connected with Daniel Metzger for a 17-yard touchdown, and again Krolick booted the point after.

The Dragons managed to pick up a first down and move the ball 23 yards on their next possession before being forced to punt again, and the Bees again put together a long drive, of 81 yards in ten plays to go up 21-0 when McCallister hit Thomas Ensor for a 10-yard scoring pass with only four seconds remaining in the first half.

The Bees added another score early in the third period, when they took the opening kickoff and moved the ball 67 yards in only 3 plays to go up 28-0 with 10:25 to play in the period, with the score coming on a 53-yard run by McCallister.

Upperman would add another score before the end of the third period, which came on a pass from McCallister to Metzger  to go up 35-0, and activate the mercy rule, which kept the clock running for the rest of the game.

In the final period, the Bees kept possession of the ball the entire period, keeping the ball on the ground and eating up the clock, moving the ball all the way down to the York 2-yard line as the game clock expired to post the 35-0 win.

Despite the loss, Dragon Head Coach Derwin Wright said he was proud of the way his team played, stating:  “I’m very proud of the effort the team put forth, especially in stopping the run and allowing them only one rushing touchdown.  We were expecting them to run,  and were able to stop the run for the most part.

“Last year, they ran all over us, and this year we just weren’t going to let that happen.

Read the rest of the story and the stats in this weeks Fentress Courier.