Union rebounds with win at York
By BRIAN WHITMORE
Sports Editor - Union Daily Times
YORK - It wasn't pretty, but it was a win.
Union defeated York 14-3 on Friday night in York, rebounding from last week's loss at Gaffney. Union's defense shut down York, but the Jacket offense squandered opportunities to break the game wide open, failing to score on five trips into the Cougar red zone.
"Their defense was very good and we've got a lot of work to do," said Union coach Mike Anthony. "The confidence level kind of dropped last week, but it's going to be a momentum boost to get a win and that's important going into region play."
Union's defense won the night, holding York to just 92 yards total offense and only 25 yards rushing. The Cougars only points came on its first drive of the second half, a 29-yard Eric Timmons field goal. York had advanced to the Union 6-yard line, before a Rashaad Jackson sack pushed them back seven yards.
The Yellow Jacket offense moved the football well with more than 350 yards, 255 through the air, but couldn't convert the yardage into points.
Union penetrated to the York 1-yard line following the field goal, but Eirish Stevens fumbled and the Cougars recovered.
The Jackets drove into York territory again on their next series. An off sides penalty on fourth down and a incomplete pass ended that threat.
York tried to make something happen with a fake punt, but Stevens redeemed himself with a tackle to prevent the Cougars from picking up a first down.
Union again got into scoring position. A delay of game penalty and another incomplete pass on fourth down ended the Jacket threat.
"This is probably the sloppiest we've played, with penalties and turnovers," said Anthony.
But Union sealed the win on its next possession, covering 72 yards on 11 plays and eating up five minutes of clock. Justin Knox scored on a 4-yard touchdown run and Nick Maness' PAT was good with 1:54 remaining in the game. Much of the drive was on the legs of Stevens and De'Rail Sims.
In the first half neither offense did much and defenses ruled the field. Union held York to just three first downs and 23 yards rushing in the first half.
The lone score came with 3:56 left in the second quarter, a 37-yard touchdown pass from Justin Knox to Tyrone Chick. The bomb was set up by a 22-yard C.J. Lott catch and an 11-yard Knox run. Maness kicked the PAT.
The Yellow Jackets penetrated deep into York territory on two other occasions, an Eirish Stevens fumble ended one drive and the other stalled on an incomplete pass.
Union (4-1) hosts Clinton next Friday to open Region III-AAA play.
First downs: Union 20, York 9
Penalties: Union 9-59; York 3-30
Turnovers: Union 2 (fumbles); York none
Total offense: Union 368; York 92
Passing: Justin Knox 14-29-255
Rushing: Eirish Stevens 11-34; Justin Knox 9-36; De'Rail Sims 9-44
Receiving: C.J. Lott 6-99; Tyrone Chick 7-100; Dontee Stewart 2-56
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