YORK – High school football fans were treated to plenty of offense and big plays in the first half of Friday night's showdown between Jamestown and York.
But in the end, it was defense and special teams that decided the game as the Falcons held on for a 27-26 win to remain undefeated.
Cody Henderickson sacked Jamestown's Tyler Doane with 2:32 left in the game.
Orlando McCoin then sacked York QB Austin Norman to put York in a hole, forcing the Falcons to punt from their own 5-yard line.
Jamestown looked to get the ball back, but the punt deflected off an Eagles player and Jordan West pounced on the loose ball to recover the fumble and ultimately end the game.
The first half was all offense, as the two teams combined for 53 points and numerous big plays.
York (4-0, 3-0 Bay Rivers) scored its first possession with a big play. Norman faked a handoff to Chris Spruill and rumbled 52 yards untouched for the first score of the game.
Jamestown (1-3, 1-2) answered on the next possession, thanks to a couple of fourth-down conversions. Doane connected with Mike Mason on a big pass play to keep the drive alive. The Jamestown quarterback then hooked up with J.J. Boyd on a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth and goal to tie the game at 6.
JoMar Becnel responded on the Falcons' next play from scrimmage. The freshman looked bottled up after a 5-yard gain, but he slipped the tackle and sprinted 79 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown. Hunter Strack gave York a 13-6 lead.
The Eagles offense struck again, as Daivon Turner rumbled 24 yards up the middle for the score. The junior tailback added the two-point conversion off left tackle to give Jamestown its first lead at 14-13.
The advantage would be short-lived as the Falcons' offense moved the ball down the field. Norman hooked up with Tywaun Lewis on a 35-yard pass to put the Falcons in scoring position. The same combo hooked up three plays later on an 18-yard touchdown reception for a 21-13 lead.
Coach Lee Williams' special teams gave the team a lift, as Mike Mason returned the kickoff to the Falcons' 20-yard line. Two plays later, Stas Szcepanski rumbled 20 yards up the middle for a score. The two-point conversion again came up short as Jamestown trailed 21-20.
York looked to seized the momentum before halftime, as Becnel scored his second touchdown of the game, a 13-yard run on fourth and 2. The freshman was stopped in the backfield, but he stepped out of the tackle, reversed field and scored for a 27-21 advantage.
The Eagles weren't done, as Turner scored on a 67-yard touchdown run on the next play from scrimmage. The two-point conversion failed as the Eagles trailed 27-26 at halftime.
Both teams traded chances in the second half but neither team could get in the end zone.
Becnel rushed for 116 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns for the Falcons. Lewis added four catches for 82 yards and a score.
Turner paced Jamestown with 162 yards on 18 carries. Szczepanski added 78 yards and a score.
YORK 27, JAMESTOWN 26
Jamestown – 0;26;0;0—26
York -- 7;20;0;0—27
York: Austin Norman 52 yard run (kick failed), 9:54
Jam: J.J. Boyd 10 pass from Tyler Doane (kick blocked, 10:38
York: Jo'Mari Becnel 71 run (Hunter Strack kick), 10:21
Jam: Daivon Turner 24 run (Turner run), 8:24
York: Tywaun Lewis 18 pass from Norman (Spruill run) 5:35
Jam: Stas Szczepanski 20 run (run failed), 4:32
York: Jo'Mari Becnel 13 run (kick failed) :28
Jam: Daivon Turner 67 run (run failed) :10
TEAM STATS JAM;YORK
First downs 16;14
Passing yards 79;91
Comp-Att-Int 7-10-1; 6-11-0
Punts-avg. 5-35; 4-37
Fumbles-lost 6-3; 2-1