WEEKEND FOOTBALL: New Oxford gets big win, York High's White erupts, Central York rolling
- New Oxford is 3-0 after a 28-12 victory over Kennard-Dale.
- York High's Jaheim White rushed for 380 yards against Dallastown.
- Central York moved to 3-0. The Panthers have outscored their foes, 162-3.
- York Catholic and Delone Catholic each improved to 3-0 in Division III action.
Connor Beans knew what the outside expectations would be for the New Oxford High School football program this year.
Standouts Brayden Long and Abdul Janneh are off in college after leading the Colonials to a District 3 playoff win. With the graduation of their star passing combination, the Colonials' 2020 prospects appeared bleak.
Despite the loss of a pair of New Oxford athletic legends, Beans and the Colonials are off to a 3-0 start in York-Adams League Division II after a 28-12 victory over Kennard-Dale (1-1) on Friday night.
“We were really, really motivated because everyone thought we were going to be really bad this year just because we lost Brayden and Abdul, but we want to show that we can go out and win and show that we can actually play ball,” Beans said.
The Colonials did just that on Friday night. Long and Janneh may not be on the field anymore but New Oxford can still make plays through the air.
Beans-Leese combo proves dangerous: Beans completed 13 of 24 passes for 161 yards and four touchdowns, with three of his scores thrown to junior wide receiver Ben Leese. Beans' first touchdown toss to Leese came on the Colonials' first drive after a K-D fumble.
Leese hauled in four passes for 92 yards and three scores during the game. Beans praised the hard work of all of his pass catchers, but specifically credited the timing he developed with Leese in practices for the team's dominant evening through the air vs. K-D.
“We worked all offseason, going to 7-on-7’s together and going out and throwing routes together and we just made a connection,” Beans said. “It showed tonight. We did really well.”
New Oxford coach Jason Warner took the opportunity after the game to praise the humble Beans, who deflected the praise to his teammates. Warner was excited about the four touchdowns the senior signal caller threw against the Rams, but is more proud of what he does the rest of the week to prepare for Friday nights.
“We’re excited about the things he’s doing, but he puts the work in during the week,” Warner said. “He scouts his film, he knows his opponents and which guys we were going to go after the secondary and I think it shows on the field.”
K-D responded to the early New Oxford score with a touchdown pass of its own. Senior quarterback Jacob Walters hit junior tight end Andrew Amrhein on a 10-yard score, but Beans and Leese connected for their second score to put the Colonials up by eight, and in front for good.
Rams hurt by mistakes: The Rams' left the field wondering what the game could have been like if they played a more disciplined contest. Turnovers and penalties killed any chance for K-D to pull back within a score of New Oxford, and erased some big plays.
The biggest blunder of the game came on the first drive of the second half. K-D had shut down the New Oxford offense on its first three plays and forced a punt, only to rough the kicker and give the Colonials a free first down and eventually a touchdown.
K-D senior Darius Bailey racked up 132 yards on 23 carries, but had three fumbles while Walters threw an interception.
“To be honest, we have got to hold onto the football,” K-D coach Chris Grube said. “Our ball security tonight was absolutely atrocious and our penalties were god-awful. We can’t do that, that’s not good football.”
Beans' third score and lone touchdown not thrown to Leese was a 12-yard screen pass to senior running back Hunter Shaffer. K-D added a fourth-quarter touchdown run by freshman running back Adam Loucks.
Still work to be done for Colonials: Three weeks into the season, Beans and the Colonials have proved their doubters wrong. K-D came off an impressive win over defending D-II champion York Suburban and New Oxford proved it can compete with the best in their new division on Friday.
There is still more work to be done, but if the offseason and early success is a glimpse into the future, Beans will make sure the team is ready to reach the goals they believed were possible.
“We all worked hard together as a team to go out and play like we did and it’s showing off now,” Beans said.
York High 49, Dallastown 20: At Small Field, the Bearcats continued their strong start to the 2020 season, improving to 3-0.
York High led 42-7 after three quarters. Dallastown fell to 1-1. York High running back Jaheim White had a monster game, rushing for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw for a TD.
Central York 56, South Western 3: At Hanover, the Panthers juggernaut kept on rolling.
Central improved to 3-0 and has outscored its three foes by a combined margin of 162-3. The Panthers' defense has yet to allow a touchdown and the Central offense has scored at least 50 points in each of its three mercy-rule victories.
Central QB Beau Pribula was 12 for 17 for 144 yards with three TDs and one interception. He also rushed for two TDs.
York Catholic 34, Bermudian Springs 6: At York, the Fighting Irish improved to 3-0 on the season in D-III.
The Irish led just 14-6 at halftime before taking control of the game in the second half. Bermudian fell to 2-1.
York Catholic's Levan McFadden passed for 123 yards and rushed for 90 yards. Irish running back DK Wyche rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries.
Delone Catholic 38, Biglerville 7: At McSherrystown, the Squires improved to 3-0 in D-III action behind Tate Neiderer's 129 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Neiderer scored three rushing touchdowns, all at least 24 yards, and he also caught a 71-yard TD pass from Coltyn Keller.
Josh Fulton, who played for Delone last season, caught a 60-yard pass from Zach Showers for Biglerville's only TD. Delone limited Biglerville's run game to 11 yards on 33 carries.
Gettysburg 28, Eastern York 7: At Gettysburg, the Warriors piled up 276 rushing yards en route to the win, improving to 2-0 in D-II.
Ruger Pennington (nine rushes, 86 yards), Jeremiah Scott (10 rushes, 72 yards) and Taysean Foster (seven rushes, 64 yards) led a balanced Gettysburg rushing attack.
Maddox Crumling (23 rushes, 145 yards) led the Eastern attack.
Hanover 17, Fairfield 13: At Fairfield, the visitors rallied from a 13-3 halftime deficit to earn the win.
Beau Gebhart's 20-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown reception from Chase Roberts provided the winning score. Roberts passed for 134 yards on the night, while Gebhart finished with 66 receiving yards. Fairfield's Peyton Stadler rushed for 83 yards.
Spring Grove 29, Dover 14: At Dover, Spring Grove led 29-0 after three quarters and cruised to the D-I triumph.
The Rockets improved to 2-1, while Dover fell to 0-3 in its first season in D-I. Spring Grove has now matched its win total from all of last season.
Red Lion 48, Northeastern 13: At Manchester, the Lions have rebounded nicely after a season-opening 55-0 loss to a powerhouse Central York team.
Red Lion led 34-0 after three quarters en route to the win over the Bobcats. Red Lion is now 2-1, while Northeastern fell to 0-3. Red Lion has won its last two games by a combined margin of 91-34.
West York 42, Susquehannock 35: At West York, the Bulldogs finally got their 2020 season off to a start and earned a wild victory.
West York didn't play during the first two weeks of the York-Adams League season because the Bulldogs had a bye and then had a game vs. Gettysburg postponed because of COVID-19 issues at Gettysburg High School.
West York led 28-8, before Susquehannock rallied to take a 29-28 lead. West York eventually sealed the win with a late interception.
Susquehannock fell to 0-3. West York has already matched its win total from last season.
Littlestown 20, York Tech 14: At York Tech, Littlestown earned its first victory of the season to move to 1-2. Tech is also now 1-2.
Tech outgained Littlestown, 300-152, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory. Jojo Nieves rushed for 114 yards for Tech. Zachary Driver added 88 yards rushing for Tech. Littlestown's William Shoemaker also rushed for 88 yards.
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