|Plainsmen dominate early, enjoy 28-8 Homecoming win over Holyoke|
By Pastor Vince Carrig
Senior quarterback Michael
York rushed for two touchdowns–including one from 92 yards away–and threw for another to satisfy the Plainsmen’s homecoming crowd with a 28-8 win over the Holyoke Dragons on Friday night in Grant.
After Perkins County’s defense choked off a fourth-and-one quarterback sneak just eight yards from a Dragons touchdown, York took over and wound his way 92 yards up the middle and along the left sideline to give the Plainsmen a 14-0 lead just 6:27 into the game.
“That play actually went how it went all week in practice, and that’s a credit to the way our practices are going right now—we get great effort out of all 35 of our players,” Plainsmen Head Coach Chip Kay said after the game. “And any time you give Michael the opportunity to make a big play right now, he has the confidence to do that.”
Perkins County’s defense, led statistically with Vinny Ross’ five-and-a-half tackles and seven assists, smothered the Dragons in Holyoke’s own end to set up his team’s first touchdown.
Ross dropped Holyoke running back Brett Cumming three yards deep in his own backfield in the shadow of the Dragons’ goal line on the game’s first drive.
Fullback Justin Hatcher punched in a five-yard run to give the Plainsmen the lead they would keep on just their first play from scrimmage.
Christian Miyamoto set up the short field with an electrifying punt return. Swinging 30 yards right-to-left after faking a reverse handoff, the junior burned 39 yards down the left sideline and would have scored except for Jayden Goldstein and Reid Baumgartner’s roadblock.
“That was a designed part of the return; they executed it really well. We got great blocking on our “wall”–our guys got out and set up a “wall” and opened up an alley for [Miyamoto],” coach Kay said.
The Plainsmen rode a 21-0 lead into the second quarter after York whipped a 13-yard slant pass to senior slot receiver Kyle Schulze, who crossed the goal line as the first quarter concluded.
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