Getting ready to play a Delone Catholic football team that trounced them by 62 points a year ago, York Suburban certainly didn't want to be shorthanded on Friday night.
Still, Suburban was forced to go into the rematch this season without a pair of big offensive lineman in Garth Barclay and Nasier Spellman.
As it turned out, all the Trojans really needed Friday night when they hosted the Squires was the duo of Savion Harrison and Nate Banks.
Banks and Harrison excelled, even without the bigger holes that studs such as Barclay, a 255-pound Syracuse recruit, and Spellman, a hulking 285-pound beast, can provide.
Banks scored touchdowns on both of his first-half touches, while Harrison ripped off three TD runs in the half to help the Trojans cruise to a 42-14 triumph.
Suburban improved to 2-0 on the season while the Squires fell to 0-2. Suburban has now beaten two foes (Delone Catholic and York Catholic) that beat the Trojans last season. Suburban opened the year with a 41-13 triumph over vs. York Catholic.
“Both Nate and Savion played really well tonight,” YS coach Andy Loucks said. “Even without two of our starting offensive lineman. And then Devante (Banks) went down in the second half, so we had a lot of younger kids having to step up to play for us in the second half.”
While the Trojans led 35-7 at the half, the second half was a draw. Both sides managed just one touchdown apiece.
Big plays key: The difference in the contest certainly were the big plays that Harrison and Banks ripped off in the first half. Harrison nearly scored on his second touch of the night – a 65-yard run – and only needed two more carries to put his team up 7-0.
After a Delone fumble on the ensuing possession – which was DC’s only turnover of the night – Banks scored on the next play with a big 59-yard rumble to make it 14-0.
Taking advantage of a short field on the next offensive possession, the Trojans needed just three plays to push the lead to 21-0. Harrison finished off the drive with with a 26-yard TD run.
Then, moments after the Squires cut the lead to 21-7 on an eight-yard TD run by QB Kevin Mowery, Banks took the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a back-breaking score.
Payback not important: At that point, it seemed like a complete reversal of last year’s 62-0 victory by Delone would be in the cards. Loucks, however, had no interest in getting that type of payback. According to the YS coach, last year’s lopsided defeat played little to no part in his team’s preparations for this week.
“That was last year’s team,” he said. “And you can’t replay last year’s game, you can only play this year’s one. And if you’re focused on what happened last year, you’re probably going to get yourself beat again.”
Instead of focusing on last year, the Trojans would be well-served to focus on the future. And that future certainly looks bright with explosive standouts such as Harrison and Nate Banks in the fold.
Trojans look to get healthy: While impressed with his big-play duo, Loucks is awaiting the day that all of his starters take the field together.
“I’m just looking forward to getting all of these guys back,” Loucks said of Devante Banks, Barclay and Spellman. “We’re going to need them next week, playing a big Mid-Penn team (East Pennsboro). Our starting offensive line hasn’t played together yet and we’re very thankful to be where we are right now without those guys.”
Barclay missed Friday’s game due to an illness, while Spellman and Devante Banks will have to overcome injuries.
Without those lineman, life was a bit more difficult for QB Max Reinecker, who threw three interceptions in the triumph. Loucks, however, didn’t sound too worried about those miscues.
“Max is a smart kid,” Loucks said. “He’ll be fine. I’m not worried about Max.”
Notes: The two sides finished the game with similar statistics. The Trojans outgained the Squires, 377-349. Josh Fulton led DC with 139 yards on 25 carries while Joe Hernandez added 81 yards on 15 totes.
Delone Catholic 0 7 0 7 - 14
York Suburban 21 14 0 7 - 42
YS - Savion Harrison 4 run (Griffin Smith kick), 4:49
YS - Nate Banks 59 run (Smith kick), 3:18
YS - Harrison 26 run (Smith kick), 0:15
DC - Kevin Mowery 8 run (Tony Espinoza kick), 5:19
YS - Banks 99 kickoff return (Smith kick), 5:01
YS - Harrison 79 run (Smith kick), 1:49
DC - Michael O'Brien 3 run (Espinoza kick), 11:54
YS - Terrell Savory 2 run (Smith kick), 2:17
First downs 17 11
Rushing yards 52-252 29-320
Passing 6-11-0 6-12-3
Passing yards 97 57
Total yards 349 377
Fumbles 1-1 0-0
Rushing: DC – Josh Fulton 25-139, Joe Hernandez 15-81, Kevin Mowery 4-14, Michael O’Brien 3-7, Nate Hart 2-4, Dylan Staub 2-5, Colin Gebhart 1-2. YS – Savion Harrison 19-236, Nate Banks 3-64, Terrell Savory 4-15, Max Reinecker 2-5, Kevon Wright 1-0.
Passing: DC – Mowery 6-11-0, 97. YS – Reinecker 6-12-3, 57.
Receiving: DC – Hernandez 3-28, Ryan Myers 1-25, Michael O’Brien 1-42, Josh Fulton 1-2. YS – Matt Bentivegna 3-12, David Moye 1-27, Isaiah Pineda 2-17.
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