YORK – Following the playing of the National Anthem the cannon went off in the east end zone at East Hill Field Friday night.
As is customary at York home games the big gun is fired after the anthem and every York touchdown.
That would be the first of many blasts as the York Dukes rolled to a 42-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and with a running clock in the second half (40 point mercy rule) York improved to 2-1 with the 55 to 13 win.
The game was just 13 seconds old when York put six on the board following an 89-yard kickoff return by Evan Ronne. The PAT, the first of six in the first quarter by freshman Jorre Luther, made it 7-0.
An interception by Nic Pettygrove and 47-yard return to the Schuyler 10 set up the next York score, a 1-yard plunge by senior captain Jonah Otte with 10:28 to play in the first quarter.
The scoring parade continued as J.J. Vanderheiden capped a four-play, 44-yard drive on a 4-yard run, sophomore quarterback Damon Kaliff hooked up with Jackson Coffin on a 40-yard toss and followed that up with a 7-yard pass to J.J. Schulz.
Schuyler scored its only touchdown in the first half when Neff Mejia returned the kickoff 90 yards.
On the ensuing kickoff, Schulz answered the Schuyler score when he went 89 yards and the score soared to 42-6, still in the first quarter.
The only score in the second quarter was a 7-yard run by Coffin. The PAT run failed and the score at the break was 48-6.
York lit the scoreboard in the third quarter as Schulz had his second return of the night for a touchdown, this time a 52-yard punt return. Luther’s PAT made it 55-6.
Both teams played a lot of young men Friday night and most of the second half took place between the 30 yard lines.
Schuyler put its only points on the scoreboard with 7:58 to play in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Westerbuhr to Christian Sandoval. The PAT by Miguel Andrade made it 55-13.
The Dukes unofficially had 31 rushes for 189 yards and Kaliff was 3-3 passing for 61 yards and two TDs for total offense of 250 yards. York had more than 250 return yards alone with three touchdowns.
The Warriors were charted with 21 carries for minus 8 yards. Schuyler hit 9-20 passes for 82 yards for total offense of 74.
The only negative to Friday night’s win was a first quarter injury to Otte who had just returned off the injured list last week. Otte did not return to the game.
York (2-1) will head to Lincoln next Friday night to take on the Thunderbolts of Pius X at 7 p.m.
Schuyler (0-3) ..................... 6 0 0 7-13
York (2-1) .......................... 42 6 7 0-55