York High players Dayjure Stewart and Rob Rideout and head coach Russ Stoner speak after York High's 55-6 win over Northeastern.
MANCHESTER — Every football coach preaches about being strong in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams.
Even if a team responds to that challenge, rarely will it translate into getting scoring contributions from all three aspects during a game.
In York High's Week 7 clash at Northeastern on Friday, Oct. 13, the Bearcats put the ball in the endzone on offense, defense and special teams, rolling to a convincing 55-6 victory over the Bobcats on Northeastern's homecoming night.
York High trounces the Bobcats amid the homecoming festivities.
York High improved to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in York-Adams League Division I play, while Northeastern dropped its fourth consecutive game, falling to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in league play.
"We're working hard and executing on each play," Bearcats' wide receiver Dayjure Stewart said about getting an offensive, defensive and special teams score. "When we don't execute, on the next play, (we) recover."
Right from the start, York High put its stamp on the game. After establishing the ground game with Khalid Dorsey, the Bearcats went to the air. Facing 3rd and 10, quarterback Micah Anciso found Rob Rideout on a quick slant pass and Rideout did the rest, taking it in from 37 yards out to put York High in front early, 6-0.
That catch and run was only the start of big scoring plays for the Bearcats.
After holding the Bobcats to a three-and-out on their first offensive possession, the York High special teams got in on the action. Dayjure Stewart fielded a punt at his own 25 yard line, broke a pair of tackles and then scampered in for a 75-yard punt return touchdown to make it 12-0 Bearcats.
The score stayed that way into the second quarter and, following an Anciso one-yard quarterback dive to make it 20-0 York High, the defense made its mark. Following a tipped Zech Sanderson pass, Rideout picked it off and returned it 41 yards for a pick-six to make it 28-0 Bearcats early in the second quarter.
Stewart matched Rideout's pick-six with one of his own just before halftime. Stewart took a pass that hit off a Bobcat receiver's hands and deflected into his own to the house for a 48-yard pick-six, making it 34-0 at halftime.
"We did our film on them," Rideout said. "We watched film and at practice we just worked hard to prepare for them."
Northeastern finally showed some life on its opening drive of the third quarter. After strictly going to the rushing game out of the break, Sanderson then connected with Fred Mulbah on a 49-yard pass and catch to get the Bobcats on the board.
However, that was about the only play where Northeastern got behind the York High defense. The Bearcats continued to dominate the game offensively, responding to Northeastern's touchdown with three more of their own.
The first of those three came from Dorsey, who, for all but one carry, was held in check by the Bobcats' defense. Through 14 carries, Dorsey was limited to just 40 rushing yards. However, on his 15th and final touch of the night, Dorsey broke off a 66-yard run to make it 42-6 York High and implement the running clock.
Seth Bernstein and backup quarterback Tobee Stokes each added rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the Bearcats.
York High rushed for 327 yards, while it only attempted seven passes, connecting on three of them. Despite only having one breakaway run, Dorsey still finished the night leading the Bearcats in rushing with 106 yards.
Stewart finished the night with two scores, one on special teams and one on defense, while also rushing for 80 yards on just four attempts.
Northeastern's only big performer was Mulbah, who accounted for 71 rushing yards and 90 of the team's 99 receiving yards and the team's only score.
"We're interested in winning every football game," York High head coach Russ Stoner said. "I'm not surprised that we're playing hard. I thought defensively we played outstanding again tonight. Offensively, we sputtered a little bit, but (Northeastern) did a couple things different that we weren't (expecting). ...I thought our kids battled and, at the end of the day, I wasn't expecting us to do what we did tonight."
YORK HIGH 55, NORTHEASTERN 6
York High_12_22_8_13 —55
YH - Rideout 37-yard catch (2-point attempt failed), 8:55
YH - Stewart 75-yard punt return (2-point attempt failed), 7:47
YH - Anciso 1-yard run (Rideout 2-point conversion), 9:50
YH - Rideout 41-yard pick-6 (Jamison 2-point conversion), 9:38
YH - Stewart 48-yard pick-6 (2-point attempt fail), :57
Ne - Mulbah 49-yard catch (Kick failed), 7:31
YH - Dorsey 66-yard run (S. Bernstein 2-point conversion), 6:34
YH - S. Bernstein 11-yard run (Kick good), 9:27
YH - Stokes 35-yard run (Kick failed), 7:35
First Downs: YH, 15. Ne, 11
Rushes-Yards: YH, 39-327. Ne, 37-165
Passing Yards: YH, 63. Ne, 99
Completions-Attempts-INTs: YH, 3-7-0. Ne, 7-15-3
Penalties-Yards: YH, 7-55. Ne, 6-40
Punts-Average: YH, 2-37.0. Ne, 4-29.0
Fumbles/Lost: YH, 0-1. Ne, 3-2.
RUSHING: YH, Dorsey 25-106. Stewart 4-80. Martinez 8-65. Stokes 2-46. S. Bernstein 1-11. Carrol 1-10. Anciso 3-6. Jamison 1-5. Rideout 1-0. Bauso-Soto 2-0. Conquest 1 (-)2. Ne, Mulbah 8-71. Willis 9-36. Hays 6-28. Williams 10-25. Hughes 3-12. Sanderson 1-(-)7.
PASSING: YH, Anciso 3-7-63, 1 TD. Ne, Sanderson 7-15-99, 1 TD.
RECEIVING: YH, Rideout 1-37. S. Bernstein 1-19. Stewart 1-7. Ne, Mulbah 4-90. Suero 3-9.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com