Nyzair Smith's record-breaking night carries Dallastown to win over Central York
- Dallastown defeated Central York, 49-32, behind 367 yards rushing by Nyzair Smith.
- With Smith's big night, he set the Dallastown single-season rushing record, which was 1,599 yards, held by Chris Moore.
- There's a four-way tie atop Division I with Dallastown, Central York, Red Lion and York High all at 5-1 in league play.
It was an offensive display that would've made any Big 12 Conference college offense jealous and at the center of it all was Nyzair Smith.
The junior running back for Dallastown couldn't be stopped and even when he was, it was for only play. In a showdown between the York-Adams League Division I leaders, Central York, and the Wildcats, who sat in a three-way tie for second place, Dallastown needed every yard that Smith gave it.
In the end, he racked up 367 of them in a record-breaking performance, helping the Wildcats to a 49-32 victory, creating a four-way tie atop the Division I standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
"I thought we would do well, but they got a special kid over there (Cade Pribula) and a they have a solid team as well, so you just don't know," Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers said. "I just had the feeling that we would play well and be in a position at the end of the game to come away with the (win)."
After both offenses exploded in the first half, making it a game that looked like whoever could score 50 points would win, Nyzair Smith stole the show in the second half.
With the Wildcats clinging to a two-point lead at the break, he put the team on his back. He scored all three of Dallastown's second-half touchdowns to help the Wildcats pull away.
The Panthers started the third quarter with the ball and picked up where they left off in the first half. On their opening possession of the half, Central drove down the field and took the lead on a 23-yard pass from Pribula to Eddie Santiago to go ahead, 32-27.
It was the last time the Panthers would lead in the game and the final time they would score.
Dallastown (7-2, 5-1 Div. I) answered the Central touchdown with one of its own, a nine-yard Smith run, which gave him his third of the game. That put the Wildcats ahead, 33-32 and was just the start of the Panthers' troubles with Smith in the second half.
Just before the third quarter ended, Smith punched in his fourth touchdown of the night from 17 yards out to extend Dallastown's lead to 40-32 going into the fourth quarter.
The defenses stepped up for the better part of the fourth quarter and, after Central (6-3, 5-1 Div. I) blocked a 42-yard field goal attempt, the Panthers had one last chance to try and pull even. In front of Central was 97 yards of field, but it could never get the drive started.
On the second play, Mason Figdore sacked Pribula in the endzone for a safety, extending the Wildcats' lead to 10 points with just over three minutes to play. For good measure, after getting the ball back on the kickoff from the safety, Smith put the game away with an exclamation point.
His final touch of the night went for 50 yards and his fifth touchdown, putting an emphasis on his huge night.
"We scored on the opening drive and we never scored again in the second half and they did," Panthers' head coach Josh Oswalt said. "It's tough because we had such a focused week of practice. We worked really hard this week. ...Every time (Nyzair) touched the ball, he was just gone."
Breaking records: Smith's video-game like performance saw him finish at 31 carries for 367 yards.
Coming into the game, he needed 307 yards to break the Dallastown single-season rushing record, held by Chris Moore, which was at 1,599 yards. On his 24th carry of the night, he surpassed it.
He's now at 1,660 yards on the season.
"It's special because I never knew I could do that," Smith said. "I didn't even know until coach told me, so it's real special that I broke the school record. It's amazing."
Explosive first half: The game began with a bang, with big plays by both teams and little defense highlighting the opening two quarters.
After the Panthers forced the Wildcats to punt on their first possession, Central York wasted no time with its offense. Pribula connected with Tim Sturgis on a 79-yard touchdown pass on the Panthers' first play from scrimmage, quickly going up, 6-0.
But, two rushing touchdowns by Dallastown quarterback Ben Smith, one from 22 yards and the other from 25 yards, gave the visiting Wildcats a 13-9 lead after the opening frame.
The two sides continued to trade scores in the second quarter. After a Nick Basile 32-yard field goal made it a one-point game at 13-12, Nyzair Smith took over for Dallastown. He ripped off two long touchdown runs — a 49-yarder and 90-yarder — to account for both of the Wildcats' second-quarter touchdowns.
"I just hit the holes and go," Smith said. "They're there because the offensive line opens them up for me."
Pribula kept Central York in the contest during the second quarter, answering each of Smith's touchdowns. The first was a 28-yard strike to Eddie Santiago and the other was a 14-yard run, making it 27-25 Dallastown at the halftime break.
Tons of offense: The two teams combined for 630 yards of total offense in the first half, with Nyzair Smith rushing for 219 yards on just nine carries.
The game ended with 949 yards of combined offense, with the Wildcats accounting for 489 of that on the ground.
Pribula produced all four of the Panthers' scores, throwing for three and rushing for one. He finished the night with 257 passing yards on 12 of 21 passing. Santiago hauled in half of the completions for 121 yards and two scores.
With Dallastown's win, it sets up a crucial Week 10 in Division I. The Wildcats, Central York, Red Lion and York High all sit at 5-1 in league play. Dallastown will host the Lions, while the Panthers will travel to face the Bearcats, where the winners will be crowned co-Division I champions.
DALLASTOWN 49, CENTRAL YORK 32
Central York_9_16_7_0 —32
CY - Sturgis 79-yard catch (Kick failed), 11:03
Dt - B. Smith 22-yard run (Groh kick), 9:53
CY - Basile 22-yard kick, 5:29
Dt - B. Smith 25-yard run (2-point attempt failed), :50.6
CY - Basile 32-yard kick, 9:51
Dt - N. Smith 49-yard run (Crohn kick), 9:32
CY - Santiago 28-yard catch (2-point attempt failed), 6:17
Dt - N. Smith 90-yard run (Crohn kick), 5:57
CY - Pribula 14-yard run (Basile kick), 2:25
CY - Santiago 23-yard catch (Basile kick), 7:40
Dt - N. Smith 9-yard run (Kick blocked), 2:58
Dt - N. Smith 17-yard run (Crohn kick), :30.4
Dt - Mason Figdore safety, 3:05
Dt - N. Smith 50-yard run (Crohn kick), 2:43
First Downs: CY, 20. Dt, 22
Rushes-Yards: CY, 37-169. Dt, 47-489
Passing Yards: CY, 257. Dt, 34
Completions-Attempts-INTs: CY, 12-21-0. Dt, 3-9-1
Penalties-Yards: CY, 4-50. Dt, 7-80
Punts-Average: CY, 2-36.5. Dt, 3-32.0
Fumbles/Lost: CY 3-2. Dt, 0-0.
RUSHING: CY, Werner 11-71. Pribula 11-49. Van Dyke 8-44. Aloi 1-4. Fontes 2-2. Collins 4-(-)1. Dt, N. Smith 31-367. B. Smith 11-104. Teyral 3-19. Ward 1-3. Reyes 1-(-)4.
PASSING: CY, Pribula 12-21-257, 3 TDs. Dt, B. Smith 3-9-34, 0 TD.
RECEIVING: CY, Santiago 6-121. Sturgis 1-79. Werner 1-27. Morris 1-13. Santos 1-12. Krentz 1-6 Cornelius 1-(-)1. Dt, Teyral 2-25. Reyes 1-9.
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