York Takes Solid 30-12 Win Over Oliver Springs

img_3818The York Dragons rebounded from a disappointing opening season loss to White County by going on the road to Oliver Springs Friday night and soundly whipping the Bobcats by the score of 30-12.
The Dragons were anything but the team that came up on the short end of a 46-0 score to the Warriors a week earlier, as they looked solid on both sides of the ball.
York’s offensive unit, which was held to only 43 total yards a week earlier, rolled up 361 yards rushing, while the defensive unit kept the Bobcats, who scored 40 points in their opening game, out of the end zone except for a 2-minute stretch of the final period when they put two touchdowns on the board.
“It felt good out there tonight,” said York head coach Dickie Brown.  “I can’t tell you how proud we are of those kids who have fought through the adversity we have had.  Four new starters on our offensive line, and down to our second set of running backs, a freshman quarterback, and we rushed for 361 yards.  What a super job by these younger kids.”
Although still riddled with injuries, the Dragons were able to put those adversities aside as they opened the game with a 65-yard drive capped by Lance Crockett’s 7-yard touchdown which was followed by Austin Bertram’s point-after boot to take a 7-0 advantage with only 4:19 gone off the clock.
The Dragon defense then held the Bobcats to only 12 yards on their first possession, and got the ball back on a punt, but this possession was short lived, as freshman quarterback Mason Cravens was separated from the ball on the first play of this possession, giving Oliver Springs  great field position at the York 25.
The Dragon defense went back to work, stopping this drive and taking over on downs at the 8 yard line, with the York offense going back to work, this time marching 92 yards in 10 plays to score again, with Cravens taking it in from a yard out, and Bertram again booting the conversion to put York up 14-0 with 9:31 to play in the first half.
The defensive unit continued to dominate the rest of the first half, holding Oliver Springs to three and out on two of their next three series, and forcing a fumble which went out of bounds through the end zone for a touchback on another.
The Dragons controlled the clock for most of the rest of the second period, taking possession at their 20 and covering 70 yards to set up a 27-yard field goal by Austin Bertram in the closing seconds of the first half, giving York a 17-0 halftime advantage.
Brian Crabtree accounted for 47 yards  of  this drive.
The Bobcats opened the second half by taking the opening kickoff at their 26 and putting together a 43-yard drive which was stopped by Vince Lotempio’s interception at the York 6.
After a change of possessions, the Dragons  struck again as Caleb Probst broke free for a 52-yard scamper to the OS 5, and two plays later Crabtree took it in for the score, with Bertram again booting the conversion to put York up 24-0.
The Bobcats got on the scoreboard for the first time of the night as they put together a 71-yard, 14-play scoring drive as quarterback Brandon Buck took it in from a yard out with 8:11 to play.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bobcats recovered a fumble at the York 28, setting up their second score two minutes later when Brandon Buck completed a pass to Eddie Stephenson from 7 yards out on a 4th down play to cut the lead to 24-12.
These two drives accounted for 102 yards of the Bobcats’ 262 yards of total offense.
York added another score on their next possession as Brian Crabtree broke free and sprinted 72 yards for his second score of the night to give the Dragons their 30-12 win.
In adition to Crabtree’s game-high 164 yards, Mason Cravens added 68 on 12 carries, Lance Crockett had 9 carries for 65 yards, and Caleb Probst added 64 yards on 4 carries.
Eddie Stephenson led Oliver Springs in rushing with 157 yards on 30 carries.
York’s Mason Cravens completed 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards, while Oliver Springs quarterback Brandon Buck was 8 of 19 for 80 yards.
Zack Reed led a swarming York defense with 12 solo tackles and 4 assists, with Lance Crockett adding 7 tackles and 8 assists, Matt Williams with 4 tackles and 8 assists, Logan Jones with 7 tackles and 3 assists, Caleb Probst with 4 tackles and 6 assists, and Austin Bertram with 3 tackles and 7 assists.
This week, the Dragons (1-1) will have the home field advantage for the first time this year as they host Macon County, who lost to Westmoreland Friday night 29-12.
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