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York High improves to 4-1 on the season after scoring a 26-16 home victory against Dallastown on Sept. 29. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch

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After falling to Red Lion a week ago, York High football was looking to do much more than simply have a bounce-back game Friday, Sept. 29 against Dallastown.

The Bearcats wanted to remove any doubts that might have arisen as to whether or not they were for real.

Behind a stout defensive effort and another standout performance from running back Khalid Dorsey, York High erased those concerns with a 26-16 victory.

After going 1-9 last season, York continues to enjoy a resurgence as it moves to 4-1 on the season with a 1-1 mark in York-Adams Division I.

“It feels good, because there was a whole lot of doubt this whole season,” Dorsey said after the win. “So we’re just proving everybody wrong, that’s all we want to do is prove everybody wrong.

“Everybody thought we were down because we lost to Red Lion, but no. Coaches said work hard at practice and stay patient, we’ll get the win.”

Bearcats head coach Russ Stoner was also pleased at showing the league what his team has to offer.

“I think that everybody is looking at us saying ‘are they really for real?’ We need to continue the process, keep working to get better each week,” Stoner said.

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Holding a tight, 20-16 lead midway through the fourth quarter Dorsey helped put the game away with a highlight-reel run.

The speedy Dorsey made a series of ankle-breaking cuts and slipped a number of tackles during the 34-yard scamper that moved the Bearcats’ lead to 26-16 with 8:34 left to play.

From there, the Bearcats turned it over to their defense to put the finishing touches on the big win.

On the Wildcats’ (3-2, 1-1) first play from scrimmage, Dayjure Stewart came around the edge and sacked Wildcats quarterback Brett Smith, forcing a fumble. Seth Bernstein was able to recover and York took over at the Dallastown 35-yard line.

The Bearcats were able to bleed about three minutes off the clock before giving the ball back to the Wildcats with about five minutes remaining. York’s defense did its job, forcing a three-and-out and the Wildcats wouldn’t see the ball the remainder of the game.

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“Patience. Patience and defense, patience and defense,” Dorsey said of the keys to victory. “Offense had to have patience and defense just had to make the stop to get offense the ball.”

On the night, the Bearcats’ defense was able to sack Smith five times and recover two Wildcat fumbles. The secondary played just as well, limiting Wildcats Smith to just two completions for a total of 15 yards.

Dorsey would finish the game with 192 yards rushing on 21 carries and had his first of two rushing touchdowns come on a 20-yard run late in the second quarter. He also caught a pass for 16 yards, pushing his all-purpose total over 200 yards for the game at 208.

It was the Bearcats’ other big-play weapon Stewart who got things rolling for York. Stewart took a pitch and got the left edge before sprinting 23 yards untouched for the Bearcats’ first score of the game with 4:44 left in the first quarter. Dorsey added a two point conversion to put York ahead 8-0.

Stewart finished with 101 all-purpose yards by rushing for 43 on seven carries and catching three passes for 58 yards.

After coming over from Dallastown in the offseason, quarterback Micah Anciso was solid under center for the Bearcats. He posted a line of 10 completions on 14 attempts for 111 yards and a six-yard touchdown pass to Blake King that made it 14-0 Bearcats early in the second quarter.

Dallastown running back Nyzair Smith did his part to keep the Wildcats in it for most of the contest.

His hard-running style, mixed with a few shifty cuts of his own saw him rack up 138 yards on 20 carries. He also added a pair of touchdown run, his second trimmed York’s lead to 20-13 with 16.4 seconds left before halftime.

Mitch Groh nailed a 32-yard field that got the Wildcats as close the lead as they would get at 20-16 with 6:31 left in the third quarter.

Next up for the Bearcats is a trip to Spring Grove on Oct. 6. The Wildcats will play host to Northeastern on the same night.

“Obviously it’s a great feeling for our kids, our coaching staff, our community, the whole nine yards,” Stoner said. “It’s one of the things you preach to the kids about work hard, work hard, work hard. And the fruits of their labor showed tonight. That’s a good football team (in Dallastown.) Coach Myers does a good job with his team.”

Dallastown 0 – 13 – 3 – 0 = 16

York High    8 – 12 – 0 – 6 = 26

SCORING PLAYS

First quarter

YH – Stewart 23 run (Dorsey run), 4:44

Second quarter

YH – Anciso 6 pass to King (Conversion try no good), 9:23

DT – Smith 21 run (Groh kick), 8:32

YH – Dorsey run 20 (Conversion try no good), 3:59

DT – Smith 20 run (Kick no good), 0:16

Third quarter

DT – Groh 32 field goal, 6:31

Fourth quarter

YH – Dorsey 34 run (Conversion try no good), 8:34

STATS

First downs: YH, 17; DT, 11

Rushes-Yards: YH, 44-252; DT, 39-178

Passing Yards: YH, 111; DT, 15

Completions-Attempts-INTs: YH, 10-14-0; DT, 2-11-0

Penalties-Yards: YH, 8-45; DT, 1-5

Punts-Average: YH, 2-19; DT, 3-27.7

Fumbles-Lost: YH, 2-0; DT, 2-2

Individual Stats

RUSHING – YH, Stewart 7-43, Anciso 9-(-12), Williams 5-14, King 1-5, Dorsey 21-192, Rideout 1-10; DT, Smith 10-21, Strine 2-6, Smith 20-138, Reyes 1-(-5), Key 1-6, Teyral 5-12

PASSING – YH, Anciso 10-14-11 TD; DT, Smith 2-11-15 0TD

RECEIVING – YH, Stewart 3-58, Bernstein 1-6, Rideout 4-25, King 1-6, Dorsey 1-16; DT, Ward 1-9, Downey 1-6

 

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