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Wartburg falls to York at home

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By The Staff

The York Dragons came away with 20 points after running only three plays against Wartburg in the first quarter; two offensive touchdowns and a punt return for a touchdown.

The early hole put the Wartburg Bulldogs in a tough position that they couldn’t recover from and were defeated 54-14.

The 3A York Dragons (5-2) presented one of the biggest challenges the Bulldogs have faced all year and exposed a huge weakness for Wartburg in Friday night’s loss.

“The size and strength difference between the kids— right now there’s a great deal of difference,” head coach Kevin Human said. “We’ve got a long ways to go strength wise still.”

After giving up three long touchdowns in the first quarter, the Bulldogs’ defense started to make the Dragons work much harder for every yard.

While the Dragon’s next drive resulted in another touchdown, it was a 12-play, 62-yard drive. The Bulldogs’ defense followed up that drive, forcing a three-and-out.

The defense had a couple of good drives, but eventually the Dragons got back to making big plays on offense. They got a 11-yard touchdown run and another 24-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give them a 47-0 lead at halftime.

“We were just physically outmatched in the first half and that’s really all there is to it,” Human said.

On offense, the Bulldogs couldn’t get much going against an aggressive Dragon’s defense.

Josh Moore, Jeremiah Davis and Tyler Davis all alternated time at quarterback, but all three were under duress all game due to the Dragon’s defensive line.

Each of the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks possess a different skill set, but the physicality of the Dragons made it hard to show. Tyler Davis led the three with 110 of their 244 yards passing on three completions.

In the first half, the offense was only able to muster three yards, but they improved drastically in the second half.

On a fourth-and-6 late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were able to connect with a long play of their own.

Josh Moore completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Noah Barnette to get the Bulldogs on the board, but they weren’t done just yet with their offensive explosion.

On their next possession, Tyler Davis connected with Jesse Melhorn on an 83-yard bomb to give them their second touchdown in less than two minutes.

“In the second half we were more evenly matched because he probably had some of his younger guys in that were the same age group as the kids we had out there,” Human said. “The explosive plays—we have those from time to time, but when we’re evenly matched with somebody, we have a lot more of them.”

Barnette ended up leading the offense with 112 yards receiving on five catches.

One of the reasons the Bulldog offense was able to score twice so quickly was because the special teams unit gave up an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to York’s Thomas Miller.

Special teams wasn’t at its strongest for the Bulldogs, as they allowed a kickoff and punt return for a touchdown.

“We’ve just got to look at the film and see where the breakdown was,” Human said.

The Bulldogs are now 1-6 and will prepare for a regional matchup against the 4-3 Rockwood Tigers at home Friday night at 7:30. Rockwood will enter the game coming off of a bye week after defeating the Oneida Indians 27-7 on Sept. 29 to improve to 1-1 in regional play. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 0-2 against regional opponents with losses to Oneida and Cumberland Gap.