Big night from Dormer helps Irish take down Trojans
Kyle Dormer made the most of his first chance to shine under the Friday night lights at York Catholic.
After toiling behind an all-state player at his position last season, the senior stepped into the forefront in a big way by posting three scores and 261 all-purpose yards as the Fighting Irish scored a convincing 30-14 season-opening victory against York Suburban.
“This is my first year really being a big player on the team,” Dormer said. “So it’s just exciting to get out there and play the sport I love.”
Coming in, Friday’s contest was a matchup of reigning York-Adams League division champions; but in name only.
The Irish saw the graduation of all-state quarterback Dan Yokemick, all–state running back Jakkar Kinard and four other division all-stars from a team that won a District 3 Class 2-A title as well as a Division III crown.
The Trojans were without 10 all-stars of their own, including the Division II offensive and defensive players of the year in Ben Igo and Teague Hoffman, respectively.
Dormer did his part to fill Kinard’s void by putting on a well-rounded show as both a shifty runner and a skilled receiver. His highlight-reel moment came with the Irish ahead 10-0 early in the second quarter.
Facing a third-and-16 situation from the Irish 27-yard line, quarterback Wes Burns was able to avoid pressure before finding Dormer on an underneath route out of the backfield.
Dormer hauled in the pass, immediately turned up field and burst into the second level of the Trojan defense. After racing past the initial rush, Dormer found open field in front of him and only one Suburban defensive back to beat.
Shortly after crossing midfield, Dormer made a hard cut to the right, twisting the Trojan defender around before taking off down the sideline. Dormer’s 73-yard score pushed the Irish lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter.
“We just had good strategy, our coaches drew up some really good blocking schemes. And we have probably the biggest offensive line I’ve ever seen in high school,” Dormer said. “So it sets up everything. I just have to run the ball; it’s easy.”
He would add a 35-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to put the Irish firmly in control at 23-0. His 195 yards receiving on six receptions also included a 50-yard catch that helped set up York Catholic’s opening score.
Dormer was complemented nicely in the backfield by Andrew Snelbaker. The junior running back shouldered much of the rushing load, carrying the ball 21 times for 106 yards.
“It was just opening things up,” quarterback Wes Burns said. “We got Snelbaker, Dormer both running and catching the ball. Great receiving, great running, it really opens everything up.”
The junior quarterback, Burns, had large shoes of his own to fill, and like Dormer, proved he was up to the task. Burns finished the game by going 9 of 15 for 267 yards and three touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was to Dimitri Amalfitano, who was able to sneak behind the Suburban defense before hauling in a 53-yard score to make it 10-0 Irish in the first quarter.
Burns showed an ability to stand tough in the face of pressure and utilize his check downs, with a number of those throws going to Dormer.
For the Trojans, Max Reinecker was 12 of 26 for 99 yards passing and three interceptions. Isaac Fleet caught six passes for 43 yards, and Nate Banks carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Banks also added a 43-yard punt return touchdown late in the game.
For as good as the Irish were on offense, their defense quietly performed at a similar level. The unit held the Trojans to just 21 yards rushing and 99 through the air. York Catholic also snatched three interceptions and stout push upfront garnered a trio of first-half sacks and significant pressure on Reinecker all night.
“I told the team ‘There’s nothing better than to wake up Saturday with a win,’ head coach Eric DePew said. “It’s huge, to have that feeling under your belt. But it’s back to work Monday.”
York Suburban 0 – 0 – 0 – 14 = 14
York Catholic 10 – 14 – 6 – 0 = 30
YC – McGraw 32 yard field goal, 4:46
YC – Amalfitano 53 pass from Burns (McGraw kick), 1:49
YC – Dormer 73 pass from Burns (McGraw kick), 7:19
YC – Dormer 35 run (McGraw kick), 4:57
YC – Dormer 16 pass from Burns (kick no good), 6:56
YS – Banks 11 run (kick blocked), 6:58
YS – Banks 43 punt return (Reinecker pass to Wright), 4:11
Rushes-Yards: YC, 41-166; YS, 16-21
Passing Yards: YC, 267; YS, 99
Comp-Attempts-INTs: YC, 9-15-0; YS, 12-26-3
Penalties-Yards: YC, 2-10; YS, 4-35
Punts-Average: YC, 4-22; YS, 6-31.2
Fumbles-Lost: YC, 0-0; YS, 0-0
Individual passing: YC, Burns 9-15-267-3 TDs; YS, Reinecker, 12-26-99-0 TDs.
Individual rushing: YC, Snelbaker 21-106; Dormer 12-66; Burns 5-(-7), Sinclair 1-(-3), Sease 2-(-2); YS, Banks 7-31, Reinecker 3-(-19), Wright 3-2, Harrison 3-7.
Individual receiving: YC, Dormer, 6-195, Amalfitano 1-53, Brennan 1-9, Kiel 1-16; YS, Fleet 6-43, Batty 3-17, Hoover 2-33, Shearer 1-6, Taylor 1-1.