JAMES CITY — A stellar second-half rushing attack by Bryce Koob and his backfield mates lifted Warhill to a 28-19 come-from-behind win over York in their Bay Rivers District football game Thursday at Wanner Stadium.
The victory was the first-ever for the Lions (2-1 overall, 1-1 district) against York (0-3, 0-2) in 10 tries. Trailing by six points, the Lions rallied past the Falcons on the strength of three third-quarter touchdowns and 293 yards rushing in the second half.
Koob, who finished the game with 19 carries for 295 yards, ran for 230 yards on 11 carries, including touchdowns of 83 and 38 yards in the second half. Rodney Hudson added a 36-yard touchdown as the Lions amassed 403 yards rushing — their second game of 400-plus yards on the ground this season.
The Lions went 66 yards on seven rushing plays to start the second half. Hudson completed the drive with his 36-yard touchdown run up the middle, and Fletcher Whalen kicked the point-after to give Warhill a 14-13 lead with 8:28 to play in the third quarter.
The Lions needed only one play to score on each of their next two possessions, Koob’s 83-yard run up the gut of the York defense and his 38-yard romp to the outside. That gave the Lions a 28-13 lead with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
Ramsey Hayyat’s 200 yards through the air on 19-of-32 passing were not enough to overcome that. The Falcons added a touchdown on Hayyat’s 7-yard pass to Reid Winer late to pull within 28-19 late in the third quarter, but could get no closer.
Warhill was victorious despite a penalty-filled performance in which it was flagged 14 times for 131 yards.
Inexperienced York struggled in its opening two games, but showed from the get-go it was ready to play. On the second play from scrimmage, Cole Lytle broke through on a draw for what appeared to be a 60-yard touchdown run, but was stripped of the ball by Hudson at the goal line.
One official ruled the run a touchdown and the other a touchback as Warhill recovered the fumble. The latter official prevailed and the game remained scoreless.
Warhill carried the momentum from the play through a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Ryan Creecy’s 25-yard pass to Armon Fannin and Koob’s 25-yard run were the big gainers on the drive, which culminated in Tre’Von Loftin’s 2-yard touchdown run to give Warhill a 7-0 lead.
York rebounded from the early disappointment. The Falcons drove 72 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7 early in the second quarter. The drive was propelled by Adam Lytle’s diving 26-yard catch and 25-yard touchdown reception with 11:55 to play in the half.
Another diving catch, by Cole Edwards for an 8-yard touchdown on Hayyat’s pass, capping an 80-yard drive with 1:21 left in the first half. That gave the Falcons a 13-7 halftime lead, but the second half was almost all Warhill.
WARHILL 28, YORK 19
York: 0, 13, 6 0 – 19
Warhill: 7, 0, 21, 0 – 28
War: Loftin 2 run (Whalen kick), 5:40
Yor: A. Lytle 23 pass from Hayyat (Meade kick), 11:55
York: Edwards 8 pass from Hayyat (kick failed), 1:21
War: Hudson 36 run (Whalen kick), 8:28
War: Koob 83 run (Whalen kick), 4:15
War: Koob 38 run (Whalen kick), 3:28
Yor: Winer 7 pass from Hayyat (run failed), 1:17
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