Goff, Still run over Rams as Central York Panthers take first win
Before the season started, Central York head coach Gerry Yonchiuk called running back Juelz Goff a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
With 3:36 left in the fourth quarter of the Panther's first game of the 2022 season, Goff showed why. He ran a 35-yard handoff to the right side down the sideline for a game-sealing touchdown to beat the Central Dauphin Rams in Central York's home opener Saturday.
The final score was 36-19, and until the Rams scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the game didn’t even seem that close.
“Juelz is just a special player,” Yonchiuk said after the statement win.
Goff rushed for 163 yards on 26 carries and led the team with three scores.
“I really want to thank my offensive line,” he said. “I just went out there and took what I could. I see it and I go.”
Quarterback Nasir Still alleviated any concerns Central York fans might have had coming in about the quarterback position.
No throw showed off his arm talent better than a 56-yard strike to wide receiver Parker Hines in the middle of the second quarter. The throw gave the Panthers an early 15-6 lead. At no point did they trail.
Then later Still ran for 40 yards in the third quarter for another touchdown to keep the Panthers ahead. He was effective both throwing and running the ball, helping to keep the defense honest.
He carried the ball for more than 100 yards as the Panthers ran for nearly 300 on the day.
“I was really impressed by our quarterback today. Running and throwing the football. Managing the game and clock. He showed a great deal of composure,” said Yonchiuk.
The home team also dominated defensively and kept the Rams struggling to get points. Nigier Dewitt, their leading tackler from a season ago, was a standout on that side of the ball. The team held Central Dauphin to just six points in the first three quarters.
The Rams had a 5-3 record with two games canceled in 2021 and sat in ninth place in the District lll 6A standings, one spot removed from a playoff birth. It was the first time the Rams missed the postseason since 2003. Central Dauphin graduated starting quarterback Max Mosey, who is now playing for Division I FCS Holy Cross. Their offense looks to be a work in progress as they figure out who will be the key contributors this season.
Central Dauphin got solid performances on defense but were outmatched for most of the game. Quarterback Keyron Plummer played well, completing passes of 36 yards in the first quarter and scoring a rushing touchdown in the fourth, but the rest of the team was stifled.
“A lot of people were doubting us without Beau (Pribula), but today we showed a lot. We started slow, but once we got going it was up from there,” Goff said. Pribula, a standout quarterback for Central York who graduated in the spring, now plays for Penn State.
Central York’s next game will be against Cumberland Valley on Friday at home.