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York Catholic pulls away from Susquehannock, now 2-0

Patrick Strohecker
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  • Jakkar Kinard ran for 202 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown for York Catholic.
  • Dan Yokemick accounted for four total touchdowns for the Fighting Irish.
  • Susquehannock's Chase Summers threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Schammel on the game's first play.

GLEN ROCK — The York Catholic football team can't wait to finally play a home game.

After routing Delone Catholic 42-7 on Friday, York Catholic has moved into one of the two District 3 2-A playoff spots. Amanda J. Cain photo

Of course, after the way the first two weeks of the season have gone, maybe it is fine playing on the road.

The Fighting Irish opened their season last Friday night with a 20-14 road win against York Suburban and then followed that up with a dominating 34-17 doubling-up of Susquehannock away from home on Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the year.

"Truthfully, I believed that we had a good opportunity and I really believed that we could be 2-0," head coach Eric DePew said. "I knew that they'd be hard, tough games, playing bigger schools."

Even though the scoreline may have indicated a York Catholic blowout win, it didn't always look that way from the beginning.

It took just 49 seconds for the Warriors (0-2) to put the Fighting Irish on their heels with a 70-yard touchdown pass from Chase Summers to Ethan Schammel on the first official play from scrimmage, giving Susquehannock a quick 7-0 game.

It was a blown coverage that led to the play and may have even created a bit of a shock to Catholic, which was dominated on both sides of the ball through much of the first quarter.

But, the Fighting Irish got a key fourth down stop late in the first quarter to get the ball back after the Warriors had converted two previous fourth downs on the drive. If that didn't turn the tide completely in Catholic's favor, then senior running back Jakkar Kinard's 57-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter certainly did, tying the game at 7-7 after the first quarter.

That was the start of a huge 28-0 scoring run for the Fighting Irish as they took a 13-7 lead into halftime and then tacked on 15 more points in the third quarter to open up a 28-7 lead.

Kinard and senior quarterback Dan Yokemick showed why they're one of the best quarterback-running back duos in the York-Adams League, providing much of the offense through the first three quarters.

In the first half, York Catholic had 151 yards of offense, all on the ground. It only attempted three passes, with two falling incomplete and one being intercepted. Yet, even with the passing game stuck, Yokemick still made plays with his feet, scoring the second Fighting Irish touchdown on a 10-yard run.

Once the passing game did show up in the second half, it turned out to be the ultimate decider in the contest. Yokemick threw for more than 100 yards and two touchdown passes — one to Dimitri Amalfitano and one to Ryan Sewell — to blow the game wide open. Yokemick added one more touchdown with his feet in the fourth quarter to finish with four total for the game.

"We saw some things that were there," DePew said about making adjustments to the passing game during halftime. "They were keying in on Jakkar a little bit there. The one to (Brenden) Kennedy, we tried to set them up with something there that they were keying on, but we definitely wanted to throw."

The Warriors outscored York Catholic 10-6 in the fourth quarter, including a 40-yard field goal from Adam Hedgeland.

But, much of the key was the Fighting Irish's defense coming up with timely stops throughout the game, no matter how well Susquehannock was moving the ball on a drive. York Catholic's defense came up with several fourth-down stops and one fumble recovery inside its own 10 that led to a long 95-yard scoring drive.

"The kids stepped it up when we needed to," DePew said. "We had a couple different looks in there. The kids were playing hard. To go through this kind of heat and to come up with this kind of game is impressive."

Susquehannock tight end Ethan Schammel (82), makes a grab during  the first quarter of a non-league football game against York Catholic Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at Susquehannock High School, in Glen Rock. Amanda J. Cain photo

The two-headed offensive attack of Kinard and Yokemick was also on display. Kinard rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, despite dealing with some leg cramps in the fourth quarter, while Yokemick had 83 rushing yards on 13 carries of his own. He also threw for 103 yards on 5-of-9 passing.

"They don't know who to tackle," Kinard said about the success he and Yokemick had running the ball. "They don't know who has the ball. Sometimes they think I have it and Dan will run it and then sometimes I'll have it and Dan will run the other way. I've never played against an offense like that, but I'd imagine it's pretty hard to read."

For the Warriors, Summers was 11-for-22 passing for 186 yards and one touchdown, while Jack Allred rushed for 96 yards on 15 carries and a score.

The Fighting Irish will play Berks Catholic in their home opener next Friday night, while Susquehannock will travel to face Biglerville.

FINAL SCORE

York Catholic 34, Susquehannock 17

York Catholic_7_6_15_6_—_34

Susquehannock_7_0_0_10_—_17

SCORING PLAYS

First Quarter:

Sus — Schammel 70-yard catch (Hedgeland kick), 11:16

YC — Kinard 57-yard run (Kennedy kick), 1:38

Second Quarter: 

YC — Yokemick 10-yard run (Failed conversion), 2:19

Third Quarter: 

YC — Amalfitano 24-yard catch (2-point conversion good), 8:03

YC — Sewell 8-yard catch (Kennedy kick), 1:31

Fourth Quarter:

Sus — Hedgeland 40-yard kick, 11:16

YC — Yokemick 30-yard run (Conversion failed), 8:12

Sus — Allred 1-yard run (Hedgeland kick), 3:24

STATS

First Downs: YC, 17. Sus, 13

Rushes-Yards: YC, 40-303. Sus, 28-167

Passing Yards: YC 103. Sus, 186

Comp-Attempts-INTs: YC, 5-9-1. Sus, 11-22-0

Penalties-Yards: YC, 4-30. Sus, 4-25.

Punts-Average: YC, 0-0. Sus, 1-35.0

Fumbles-Lost: YC, 2-0. Sus, 2-1

Individual Passing: YC, Yokemick, 5-9-103, 2 TD's. Sus, Summers, 11-22-186, 1 TD.

Individual Rushing: YC, Kinard, 22-202. Yokemick, 13-83. Dormer, 2-13. Montes, 1-3. Snelbaker, 2-2. Sus, Allred, 15-96. Summers, 3-30. Orndorff, 6-23. Kramer, 2-13. Trego, 2-5.

Individual Receiving: YC, Kennedy, 2-53. Amalfitano, 2-42. Sewell, 1-8. Sus, Schammel, 1-70. Kramer, 3-45. Norris, 2-20. Orndorff, 3-18. Trego, 1-7.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com