Bearcats show resiliency, pull away from Colts in battle of unbeatens
- York High remained unbeaten with a 48-28 win over Cedar Cliff.
- The Bearcats rushed for 420 yards and out-gained the Colts 518-369.
- Khalid Dorsey, Robert Rideout and Dayjure Stewart all had two touchdowns for York High.
You might have to go back 10 or so years before you can find a win that truly meant something for the York High football program.
Actually, in recent years, any win would've meant something because they've been so few and far between.
But, in terms of wins that meant something in the grand scheme of the Bearcats' standing around the York-Adams League and District 3, it's been a while.
Facing a Cedar Cliff program that has a rich history of winning, the showdown between the Colts and York High on Friday night, Sept. 15, was a true test to see how far the Bearcats have come in the second year under Russ Stoner. With both teams entering the game 2-0 on the year, only one would go into conference play undefeated.
It won't be Cedar Cliff.
York High showed resiliency time and time again, eventually pulling away from the Colts to win, 48-28, at Smalls Field to improve to 3-0 on the year and earn arguably the biggest win in program history in recent memory. Cedar Cliff is now 2-1.
"They believe in it and they just played hard," Stoner said. "We condition so hard. Not that (Cedar Cliff) doesn't, but our kids were fresh. I could see it in our kid's eyes."
From the beginning, it looked like it was going to be a track meet and the team that had the ball last would prevail.
But, it was the Bearcats that had the defense step up and find the necessary stops, while the Colts struggled to find an answer to York High's attack.
Turning momentum: Trailing 28-20 midway through the third quarter, that's when the game flipped for the Bearcats. Immediately following a touchdown by Cedar Cliff on the opening possession of the third quarter to push its lead to 28-20, York High running back Khalid Dorsey took matters into his own hands. On the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Dorsey ran 81 yards for a touchdown and, after the successful two-point conversion, the Bearcats tied the game.
But, that was just the beginning.
On the ensuing Colts' drive, Robert Rideout kept momentum on the side of York High with a 63-yard pick-six, giving the Bearcats their first lead since the first quarter and, this time, for good. Another successful two-point conversion made it a 36-28 lead and from that point forward, all Cedar Cliff could do was try to play catch-up, while York High kept pulling away.
"I knew the play was going to happen before it happened," Rideout said about his pick-six. "I started reading it. I read the quarterback and that's when I just made the play."
The lead stayed that way going into the fourth quarter and, on the first play from scrimmage to begin the frame, Dayjure Stewart got into the mix. He ripped off a 41-yard touchdown to give the Bearcats a two-score cushion.
The Colts struggled to solve the York High defense and never really made push at a comeback, before being put away by Stewart's second touchdown of the quarter with just over four minutes to play.
"We both bring stuff to the team," Stewart said about being part of a backfield tandem with Dorsey. "It's either him or me that got the spotlight. We just try to execute on every play."
Wild start: The Bearcat defense stepped up over the final three quarters, allowing just seven points in the game's final 40 minutes, but it wasn't always like that.
Both offenses came out clicking in the opening quarter, trading touchdowns and putting up points.
Rideout opened the scoring with a 47-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Micah Anciso to put York High ahead 8-0 less than two minutes into the game. But, Cedar Cliff instantly answered and pulled to within a point and then took the lead shortly after, thanks to an interception on the first play from scrimmage following its score. The Colts jumped ahead 14-8, but Anciso made up for his mistake with a one-yard run to tie the game at 14-14 with 5 minutes, 48 seconds still to play in the opening quarter.
Less than a minute later, Mike Dubas ran for his second touchdown of the night for the Colts, this one a 55-yard jolt to make it 21-14 Cedar Cliff. Twelve seconds after, Dorsey rushed for the first of his two long touchdowns, breaking off an 80-yard run to get the Bearcats back to within a point at 21-20.
"I only need a little bit of space," Dorsey said. "Once my line gets me that little hole, I try to hit it. If I do hit it, it's time to catch me."
All of that took place within the first eight minutes of the first quarter, but after that, the defenses stepped up. The score remained that way into the halftime break before the Colts continued the scoring in the third.
Huge offensive nights: The duo of Dorsey and Stewart couldn't be contained, with the combo helping York High to 420 yards rushing. Dorsey had 289 yards on just 19 carries, while Stewart needed only seven carries to gain 117 yards. Both also found the endzone twice.
For the game, the Bearcats totaled 518 yards of offense, compared to Cedar Cliff's 369.
York High will now begin Division I play next Friday with a stern test against reigning division champs, Red Lion, which was awarded a forfeit this week against Chambersburg to get to 3-0 on the season.
"(We) just gotta keep working hard," Stewart said. "But, the road doesn't stop here. We're 3-0, but we gotta keep pushing to Red Lion now. Next game up."
YORK HIGH 48, CEDAR CLIFF 28
YH - Rideout 47-yard catch (2-point conversion good), 10:24
CC - Dubas 4-yard run (Bertram kick), 9:20
CC - Malone 12-yard catch (Bertram kick), 8:31
YH - Anciso 1-yard run (2-point conversion failed), 5:48
CC - Dubas 55-yard run (Bertram kick), 4:59
YH - Dorsey 80-yard run (2-point conversion failed), 4:47
CC - Whalen 1-yard run (Bertram kick), 6:56
YH - Dorsey 81-yard run (2-point conversion good), 6:34
YH - Rideout 63-yard interception return for touchdown (2-point conversion good), 3:37
YH - Stewart 41-yard run (2-point conversion no good), 11:51
YH - Stewart 5-yard run (2-point conversion no good), 3:32
First Downs: CC, 18. YH, 12
Rushes-Yards: CC, 46-251. YH, 33-420
Passing Yards: CC, 116. YH, 98
Comp-Attempts-INTs: CC, 11-30-2. YH, 14-10-1
Penalties-Yards: CC, 5-30. YH, 11-78
Punts-Average: CC, 4-33.3 YH, 1-20.0
Fumbles-Lost: CC, 0-0. YH,0-0
Individual Passing: CC, Dare 8-18-104, 1 TD. Whalen 3-12-12, 0 TD. YH, Anciso, 4-10-98, 1 TD.
Individual Rushing: CC, Dubas 37-207. Whalen 8-44. Berrigan 1-2. YH, Dorsey 19-289. Stewart 7-117. Anciso 6-14. Williams 1-0.
Individual Receiving: CC, Carter 1-51. Malone 2-25. Lantz 2-18. Hernandez 1-15. Dubas 1-3. Ball 1-3. Whalen 3-1. YH, Rideout 1-47. Jamison 1-39. Stewart 2-12.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org