YORK — York football coach Glen Snodgrass wasn’t happy with how his third-ranked Dukes played the first 2½ quarters in last week’s Class B first-round playoff win over Omaha Roncalli.
He was a little more satisfied Friday night.
York dominated on both sides of the ball in sprinting to a 35-point lead midway through the third quarter before coasting to a 35-20 triumph over No. 7 Scottsbluff.
With the win, the Dukes (10-1) advance to a semifinal showdown next Friday at two-time defending state champion Elkhorn South. The second-ranked Storm beat York 48-14 in the season opener, the Dukes’ only loss this fall.
“We were eager to come out here tonight and show what York football is all about,” said senior all-stater Simon Otte, who rushed for 177 yards on 17 carries and scored on TD runs of 35 and 8 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively.
Unlike Friday’s quick start, the Dukes trailed Roncalli 17-16 at halftime before pulling away to a 37-24 triumph.
“We definitely didn’t have our best effort last week, so we got after it in practice this week to make sure it didn’t happen again," Otte said.
Thanks to the offensive and defensive line play led by 6-foot-5, 300-pound Super-State senior and Nebraska recruit Masry Mapieu, York rushed for 297 yards and limited Scottsbluff’s power running game to 68 total yards in the first 31 minutes of the game.
“I felt like defensively we would set up pretty well against their running game,” said Snodgrass, whose team led 21-0 at halftime. “Our defensive coaches put our guys in a good position. Our two 300-pounders (Mapieu and Noah Stafursky) each forced a double-team, and that opened up our linebackers to clean things up.”
Snodgrass’ son, 6-3, 220-pound junior Garrett Snodgrass, rushed for 114 yards on 10 tries from the wildcat formation and scored on runs of 28 and 68 yards to open the first and third quarters, respectively. The quarterback/tight end also caught a 40-yard pass from wide receiver Brady Danielson and was a factor from his linebacker spot defensively.
Danielson snagged a 22-yard TD pass from Nick Weskamp to make it 14-0 early in the second quarter.
“Our O-line did a great job and my lead blockers were kicking out and creating a lot of space on the edges,” said Otte, a 5-10, 185-pounder who plays linebacker on defense. “They made it easy.”
Scottsbluff (9-2) scored the final 20 points of the game in the last 16 minutes after York began substituting out a number of its starters. Quarterback Noah Bruner scored on runs of 44 and 11 yards and Keegan Reifschneider scooped up a fumble and went 47 yards to the end zone, a turnover set up by a big hit from Sabastian Harsh.
Bruner led the Bearcats with 93 yards on 16 carries.
“The first two quarters, we got dominated,” Scottsbluff coach Joe Benson said. “We couldn’t get anything done against their defense. Their offense punched us in the mouth, and we didn’t respond.”