Brooks brothers lead Spring Grove to 41-26 win over Dallastown
One play into the second quarter, it looked like another rough night for the Spring Grove High School football team.
The Rockets generated just 50 yards of offense in the opening quarter and trailed visiting Dallastown, 6-0, coming off a 47-0 loss to powerhouse Central York the week before.
Spring Grove’s coaches showed their players a few adjustments on their tablets from the sideline and then let the offense get to work.
“It didn’t take us too long to get warmed up, but once we got rolling, we got rolling,” junior running back Tyree Brooks said.
Rolling might have been an understatement. Brooks and his brother, fellow junior running back Zyree Brooks, combined for 364 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead the Rockets (3-2) to a 41-26 victory over the Wildcats (1-2).
It wasn’t just the enormous number of rushing yards for the Brooks brothers that was impressive, but the way they got the yards.
Zyree Brooks had runs of 47, 52 and 66 yards, with the latter going for a touchdown that allowed the 5-foot, 7-inch running back to high step his way into the end zone.
Not to be outdone by his brother, Tyree Brooks responded on the drive after the 66-yard score by taking a carry on the first play 77 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
Giving credit to the line: Both brothers credited their offensive line for creating the chances for them to get into open space and make plays.
Spring Grove coach Kyle Sprenkle was pleased with the effort of the entire offense that allowed the brothers to dominate and score 41 points after a rough first quarter.
“It’s an all-around team effort,” Sprenkle said. “When everybody does their job, we’re going to have success.”
Young QB shines: While the backfield brothers had a big game on Friday, a different Rocket with a family member on the team had a big night, too. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Osmun, one half of Spring Grove’s version of the Osmun brothers with junior linebacker Darien Osmun, made plays on both sides of the ball.
The 6-1 sophomore scored a touchdown on the ground, racked up 200 total yards on offense, made three extra-point kicks and had two interceptions that took away points for Dallastown. On a string of three plays, Andrew Osmun dove to intercept a pass in the red zone and then threw a 75-yard pass that set up a score by Tyree Brooks.
“He’s a playmaker and we needed those stops at those times in the game,” Sprenkle said. “The bigger thing was, when we got the ball back we went down the field and scored right away.”
Sprenkle added that sometimes he needs to remind himself that Andrew Osmun is just a sophomore starting at varsity quarterback. At 195 pounds, the left-hander plays a similar style to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen; equally able to stiff arm a defender on a run or launch a deep pass over a defensive back’s head.
Dallastown’s opening score came on a 33-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Andrew Jones to senior wide receiver Connor Schumann. The Rockets responded with 21 unanswered points to head into halftime up 21-6.
Mahorney shines for Wildcats: The Wildcats’ defense opened the second half by forcing a quick punt by the Rockets and their offense answered with a solid drive capped off by a 20-yard rushing touchdown by junior running back Coleton Mahorney.
Mahorney joined the Brooks brothers with an impressive performance on the ground, racking up 153 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Jones tossed another touchdown late in the game to senior wide receiver Egan Granholm.
Dallastown’s defense couldn’t keep it up though. The pair of long touchdown runs by the Rockets’ junior rushers on their next two drives allowed Spring Grove to pull away and clinch their third win of the season.
Despite going winless in York-Adams League Division I last season and winning two games in 2019, Spring Grove entered this year with expectations to take a step forward as a program. Through five games, the Rockets have only lost to the division’s undefeated teams — Central York and York High — and it makes Sprenkle proud to see the effort his team puts in during the week result in the victories they dreamed of all offseason.
“It’s very rewarding and satisfying for our players, and ultimately that’s who the credit goes to,” Sprenkle said. “I’m extremely excited because of the amount of hard work they put in and every win that we get is their payday.”
OTHER WEEKEND FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS:
Suburban hands Gettysburg its first loss: Camden Brewer threw three touchdown passes, including two to sophomore standout Kenny Johnson, in York Suburban's 27-18 road victory over previously unbeaten Gettysburg on Saturday.
Johnson also had two interceptions.
Suburban improved to 2-2, while Gettysburg fell to 3-1.
Bermudian rolls past Tech: At York Tech on Saturday, Bermudian jumped out to a 43-8 halftime lead en route to a 43-22 victory vs. the Spartans.
Savauri Shelton led Bermudian with 110 yards rushing on 12 carries, while Rick Pacana added 75 yards rushing on nine carries. Shelton and Pacana each scored two TDs. Tech's Jamar Johnson rushed 21 times for 77 yards, with two TDs.
Bermudian improved to 3-2 and kept its District 3 Class 3-A playoff hopes alive. Tech fell to 1-4.
Panthers keep rolling: The Central York Panthers show no signs of slowing up.
The Panthers rolled to their fifth consecutive blowout victory on Friday, beating Northeastern, 70-0. Central forced seven turnovers and QB Beau Pribula went 12 for 12 through the air for 155 yards, with four TD passes. He also ran for a 25-yard score.
Central has now outscored its five foes, 279-3. The Panthers defense has yet to allow a TD and the Central offense has scored at least 47 points in each game.
Northeastern dropped to 0-5.
Currier leads Eastern York to win: Bryce Currier had four receptions for 123 yards and both of Eastern York's TDs in a 14-0 triumph over Susquehannock.
Currier also had three carries for 26 yards and seven tackles on defense.
Eastern York moved to 1-4, while Susquehannock fell to 0-4.
Bailey leads K-D over West York: Kennard-Dale handed West York its first loss of the season, 47-6.
The Rams improved to 2-2, while West York dropped to 2-1.
Running back Darius Bailey totaled 250 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Rams, whose only two losses came vs. two unbeaten teams — Gettysburg and New Oxford.
Fizer shatters records for Lions: Quarterback Randy Fizer had a huge game for Red Lion, scoring five touchdowns in a 50-25 victory over Dover.
Fizer rushed for 281 yards on 15 carries, averaging nearly 19 yards per carry. One of Fizer's TD runs went for 73 yards. He set school records for rushing yards in a game and points in a game (32, with a two-point conversion) and tied the school record for rushing TDs in a game.
Red Lion improved to 3-2, with its only losses coming to unbeaten York High and Central York. Dover fell to 0-4 in its first year playing in York-Adams Division I.
Shoemaker runs wild for Littlestown: Will Shoemaker had a monster game for Littlestown in a 40-7 pounding of Biglerville on Friday.
Shoemaker rushed for 230 yards on 13 carries, averaging nearly 18 yards per carry. He scored three touchdowns. He also had a 95-yard run that fell just feet short of another TD.
Josh Fulton ran for 113 yards on 15 carries for Biglerville.
Littlestown improved to 3-2 and kept its District 3 Class 3-A playoff hopes alive. Littlestown is No. 4 in the power ratings and the top four teams will make the district field.
Heffner steps up for Delone: At McSherrystown, Delone improved to 5-0 with a 62-14 mercy-rule pounding of Fairfield.
Cory Heffner had a breakout effort for Delone, rushing for 144 yards on just six carries, averaging 24 yards per carry. Half of his carries went for TDs.
Delone rushed for 495 yards as a team, including 87 yards on 11 carries from Tate Neiderer.
Irish move to 5-0: York Catholic wasted no time against Hanover, piling up 28 first-quarter points en route to the easy 55-21 victory.
De'kzeon Wyche rushed for 135 yards on 16 carries for York Catholic with three TDs. Irish QB Levan Mcfadden was 5 for 7 passing for 161 yards with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. Brennan Witman caught three passes for 106 yards and 2 TDs.
York Catholic improved to 5-0 and will next face Delone Catholic (5-0) in the game of the year in York-Adams Division III. That game will be played at York Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday. Hanover fell to 1-4.
Bearcats cruise: Like York Catholic, York High also cruised on Friday night to improve to 5-0 on the season.
The Bearcats put up 27 first-quarter points en route to a 65-14 victory over South Western. The Mustangs dropped to 1-3.
Standout York running back Jaheim White went over 1,000 yards for the season.
The win kept York High at No. 3 in the District 3 Class 6-A power ratings, behind No. 2 Central York and No. 1 Central Dauphin. The top four teams in the final power ratings will make the district field.
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