White Co. Spoils Dragon Homecoming With Fourth Period Comeback Victory

The York Dragons saw their hopes of a Homecoming win dashed when the White County Warriors scored with ony 8 seconds to play to break a 13-13 deadlock.

The game had been a defensive duel for the most part, with neither team being able to put any points on the scoreboard in the first period, and Sparta scoring the only touchdown of the first half, which came on a 10-yard pass from Nathan McCallis to Sedryk Leftwich.

The Dragons answered with two touchdowns in the third period, the first coming on a 20-yard pass from Jonah Durham to Thaddeus Thoman to cap an 8-play, 80 yard drive, with Johann West booting the conversion to knot the score at 7-7.

After holding the Warriors to minus yardage  deep in their own territory on their next possession, the Dragons got great field position at the White Co. 14, and three plays later, took a 13-7 lead when Zack Gibson took it in from 2 yards out, after Durham had completed an 11-yard pass to Caden Stover to set up the score.

This time, the point-after attempt was blocked, but the Dragons had taken the lead at 13-7 with 2:04 left in the third period.

With neither team able to move the ball and maintain possession, the ball exchanged hands four times before the Warriors began play at the their 48 with 3:34 left.

This time, Leftwich was able to connect with Will Cheek for a 52-yard touchdown to tie the game at 13-13 after the extra point kick missed.

York then began play at the White County 43 after a 56-yard return by Caden Stover, but again could not maintain possession, with White County holding on four downs and taking possession at their 44 with 2:01 left to play.

This time the Warriors mixed up their offense, alternating passing and running plays, with Leftwich rushing for 23 yards to the York 33, then connecting with Cade Clark to move the ball to the 24.  After Jayden Richmond picked up 6 yards to the 18 for a first down, the Warriors took a time out with only 23 seconds on the clock.

Following an incomplete pass, Leftwich picked up 13 yards to the York 5 to set up a first down, and on the next play took it in for the score with only 8 seconds left on the clock, with Cheek booting the conversion to give White County a 26-13 advantage.

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