After York High’s 68-35 win over Dallastown last Friday, quarterback Seth Bernstein was asked by reporters about his four-touchdown performance.
“My mindset is to try to score every possession we can,” he said.
One of his teammates, wide receiver Rob Rideout, cut him off.
“And he’s got the best receivers,” Rideout said.
Rideout is recognized as a top player in the York-Adams League, but he usually plays second fiddle to York High's rushing attack, led by NCAA Division I recruit Dayjure Stewart.
Friday, however, Rideout broke out against Dallastown with 306 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns. The senior caught four passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 81 yards rushing and two more scores.
“I’m the person people sleep on. I’m not one of the top guys,” Rideout said. “…I just work. It shows like it did just now. I know everything I do is going to pay off.”
When Bernstein later finished his answer, he confirmed Rideout’s self-confidence.
“I know nobody in the secondary in this league can guard him,” Bernstein said. “I know I can throw it up, and he’s going to go get it.”
Rideout's big game: Gaining more than 300 yards in a high school game is impressive, but doing so on only six touches is almost never seen.
“People sleep on him,” Stewart said. “Rob’s a weapon. He’s a D-I athlete.”
Rideout’s four receptions went for 75, 69, 44 and 37 yards. The 75- and 37-yard catches went for scores in the Bearcats’ blowout win. Both of his rushes went for scores. One was a 6-yard touchdown on a jet sweep after the 44-yard catch put the unbeaten Bearcats (6-0 overall, 3-0 in York-Adams Division I) in the red zone. The 75-yard run was on a trick play that had Rideout getting a handoff from Tobee Stokes after he was flipped a shovel pass by Bernstein.
“I just want to do anything to help my team out,” Rideout said. “Whether it’s running the ball, catching the ball, defense. I’ll do anything I can and do my best at it.”
Drawing attention: After the first touchdown — the 37-yarder on the Bearcats’ first drive — the Wildcats started double-teaming Rideout on passing downs.
“When they started double-teaming me, they had the safety and the corner on me, and even that didn’t work,” Rideout said.
York High head coach Russ Stoner said when teams key on Stewart or Rideout, it helps the other players on offense, such as Stokes, Anthony Jamison and Tino Conquest.
“All of a sudden it’s nine against 10, because Rob’s being double-teamed,” Stoner said. “That’s huge for any football team, and then we can get all of the other guys involved.”
On a few of Rideout’s long catches, he wasn’t open when Bernstein let go of the pass. It may seem logical for the Bearcats not to take shots downfield, considering they can likely score by just running the ball. But Stoner said keeping the defense honest and having faith in his players leads him to call deep passes.
“As a coach, you have to have faith in your kids,” Stoner said. “I have faith in Seth, our offensive line and our receivers.”
Rideout's development: Since Stoner started coaching at York High in 2016, he said Rideout has worked hard to improve his strength. The 5-foot 11-inch, 175-pound wideout doesn’t look like a bruising runner, but on a few plays against Dallastown, Rideout was hard to bring down.
“He’s strong,” Stoner said. “Our weight program is very good. He’s 175 pounds, but he’s so explosive. He’s benching almost 300 pounds and squatting 490 pounds. He’s a thin kid, but he’s not frail by any means.”
With Rideout in his senior season, Stoner said emphatically that the wideout is an NCAA Division I football player.
“He's a Division I talent. We need someone to offer him,” Stoner said. “It needs to happen.”
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