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YORK – Turnovers, penalties and missed tackles were the main ingredients for the demise of York Friday night. The Dukes (2-1) fell for the first time in 14 tries when they lost at home to McCook (3-0), 20-13.
York got on the board first from their second drive of the game. A 10 play drive that wiped off nearly four minutes and resulted in a Garrett Snodgrass 24 yard touchdown run.
It didn’t take long for McCook to answer. Only two plays and 64 seconds later, the Bison found the endzone on a 27 yard touchdown pass from Cameryn Berry to Morgan Fawver to tie the game at 7-7 right before the end of the first quarter.
Then the turnover bug began to hurt York. Snodgrass fumbled the ball to start the second quarter and was recovered by the Bison. Fortunately for the Dukes, McCook couldn’t do anything with the free gift and punted it back to York.
However, McCook would put more points on the board right before the end of the first half. Trey Koetter knocked in a 27 yard field goal to give the Bison a 10-7 lead. A lead they would never relinquish.
The turnovers wouldn’t stop there for the Dukes. Snodgrass on an option play coughed up the football late in the play that was recovered by McCook. The Bison tried a 49 yard field goal with one second before the end of the first half, but was blocked.
McCook would extend their lead to start the third quarter when fullback, Paxton Terry rumbled in for a two yard touchdown on a drive that wasted six minutes.
York did have an answer. Snodgrass led the Dukes down the field and just as the fourth quarter got underway, snuck into the endzone from two yards out. However, the extra point was blocked, giving McCook a four point lead.
The Bison once again extended their lead late in the fourth quarter when Koetter launched a 36 yard field goal to give McCook a seven point advantage.
With less than four minutes left in the game, York had to go 86 yards to potentially tie. After some miraculous plays made by Brady Danielson, York had the ball set up in McCook territory. A bad snap behind Snodgrass’s head led to an interception by McCook. The final turnover would be the final nail in the coffin for York.
Snodgrass led York with 22 carries for 111 yards and two scores. He also threw for 126 yards. His leading receiver was Danielson who caught six passes for 111 yards. York had five penalties for 25 yards.
McCook was led by Terry’s 12 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown. Berry also ran 12 times for 51 yards and threw for 91 yards and one TD. The Bison committed five penalties for 50 yards.
York hits the road next week for a state title rematch with Skutt. McCook will return home for a bout with Beatrice.