Dragons Fall to White Co. 46-0 In Season Opener

The York Dragons opened their 2013 season on Friday, August 23 with a disappointing  46-0 loss to a strong Sparta team.
The contest was a home game for the Dragons, but due to construction work on the track which surrounds their football field, the game was moved to the Tennessee Tech Stadium.
The York team, crippled with injuries, was simply no match for the Warriors, who took control of the game early, and dominated the contest, holding the Dragons to only four first downs and a total of 43 net yards of offense.
The Dragons entered the game with nine members of the team sidelined with injury, and lost three more during the contest, including their starting center/middle linebacker, nose guard, and a reserve lineman, and at times had five freshmen on the field.
On the other side of the coin, the Warriors picked up 16 first downs and 231 yards rushing to finish the contest with 288 yards.
Quarterback Jake Young scored a touchdown and passed for another as he directed a solid Warrior offense which put 14 points on the board in the first period; led 20-0 at intermission, 28-0 at the end of three quarters, and then added 18 fourth period points for the lopsided victory.
Josh Rowland led the White County rushing with 84 yards on five carries, while River Boruff had 8 carries for 77 yards.
York took the opening kickoff, but quickly found themselves in a hole when the Warriors blocked a punt and took possession at the Dragon 1, and scored two plays later when Young took it in for the touchdown, and Luke Cantrell booted the conversion to go up 7-0 with less than 3 minutes gone in the first period.
White County added another score before the end of the period when Blake Lynn took it in from 6 yards out, and Cantrell again booted the conversion to go up 14-0 with 2:00 to go in the opening period.
The Dragon defense stiffened and held White County on their next two possessions, but freshman quarterback Mason Cravens, having to scramble on nearly every play, could not get York’s offense clicking.
On their final possession of the first half, the Warriors put together their longest drive of the first half, as they capped a 55-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown by Perry Clayton to go up 20-0 as the conversion pass failed.
The Warriors opened the second half with another solid 55-yard drive, which was capped by a 9-yard pass from Young to Tommy Odom, and Sklyar Delanay ran it in for the 2-point conversion to go up 28-0.
The Warriors continued to dominate the game into the final period, scoring 18 points, which came on an 18-yard pass from Young to Jacob Winton, a 31-yard run by Josh Rowland, and a 4-yard run by by Jake Shockley.Full story available in the Fentress Courier.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Special thanks to Art Gernt II and his crew of Bryant Johnson, Kenny Koger and Andrew Starr for providing statistics of game.

 

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