YORK — Class B’s No. 5 team had zero problems picking up its second victory of the season Friday night.
The York Dukes totaled 465 yards, running for 356, and led 50-0 with 8:18 left in the 2nd quarter in what turned out to be a 64-0 blowout of the Schuyler Warriors.
“Our goal was to come in here and be sharp, to execute and to win the turnover battle and we definitely won the turnover battle,” York head coach Glen Snodgrass said of his team that had just one turnover Friday night— a fumble by reserves at the end of the game. “We executed and I feel like we’re a better team now than we were at the beginning of this game, and that is really the goal.”
The Dukes took a 7-0 lead just three plays into their first possession. After two pounding runs up the gut from senior fullback Alex Kowalski, who sat out last week’s win in Lexington due to a minor neck injury, senior quarterback Damon Kaliff found 6-foot-5 senior tight end John Erwin, who broke a few arm tackles on his way to the end zone for the game’s first score. Erwin now has two consecutive games with a touchdown catch.
After Dukes’ sophomore Garrett Snodgrass scooped and scored after blocking his second punt in as many games, junior running back Simon Otte rumbled 60 yards for another score after taking a jet sweep to the right side. York scored on its next four drives of the first half. Otte, Garrett Snodgrass and senior Brett Novak all scored. Novak scored twice.
York’s offense cruised all night, running behind an offensive line that included seniors Gage Sinsel, Robert Nguyen, juniors Jaiden Verhage, Masry Mapieu and sophomore Doug Lazo.
It was the same story, different verse in the second half.
York’s 210-pound senior running back Garrett Rediger scored with 4:15 in third. Then after a 32-yard gain on the ground from sophomore Maxx Troester, classmate Sam Kohmetscher scored from 1-yard out to make the score 64-0 with 1:15 left in the third.
Sophomore Reid Hoffman had two interceptions in the win and the Dukes cut their penalties drastically compared to the last two games — they committed under five Friday night.
“I’m proud of the class that our guys showed,” Glen Snodgrass said. “I’ve seen teams in the past kind of win big against these guys and sort of act like jerks in the process. I think our guys did a fantastic job. I said it’s ok to knock them on their butt, but pick them up and play with class. And we definitely did that.”
The Dukes’ head coach also liked what he saw from his second and third teams.
“The JVs got a ton of reps and the freshmen got a ton of reps,” Glen Snodgrass said. “I told the guys that our varsity looked fantastic, but our JVs for the most part executed very well. And the freshmen came out and executed very, very well.”
Otte led the team on the ground with 69 yards and two touchdowns on two carries. Novak totaled 64 yards on six rushes with two scores. Kowalski gained 36 on three touches. Garrett Snodgrass chipped in with two carries for 47 yards and one score.
Kaliff went 2-for-2 through the air for 61 yards and one touchdown while junior Nick Weskamp was 4-for-5 for 48 yards.
York heads to Holdrege next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest. The Dusters started the season 0-2 before taking on Alliance last night.