OMAHA — Tyson Gordon was determined not to let York claim another come-from-behind victory over Omaha Skutt.
The junior came in for a cramping quarterback Ryan McCormick and broke a 59-yard keeper for what turned out to be the winning touchdown with 3:43 left in the game.
Gordon then intercepted a fourth-down pass from Garrett Snodgrass with 25 seconds remaining to preserve the Class B No. 2 SkyHawks’ 42-37 home victory over the No. 3 and defending state champion Dukes Friday night in a rematch of last year’s Class B state championship football game.
York (2-2) erased a 14-point first-half deficit and answered twice in the fourth quarter after Skutt (4-0) built leads of 11 and 12 points to stay within striking distance.
Gordon, a star guard on Skutt’s basketball team, thought he was seeing a repeat of last season’s Class B state hoops final in which York erased a nine-point Skutt lead in the final minute of regulation to win in double overtime.
“That was going through my mind after I shanked that punt,” said Gordon, whose 14-yard punt gave the Dukes the ball at their own 41 with 1:17 left with a chance to win it.
“Thankfully I stepped up there at the end, made the right read and got the interception,” Gordon said about York’s final offensive play when Snodgrass scrambled from the rush and Gordon picked it off at midfield.
Gordon, who played receiver most of the game, made the most of his lone play at quarterback after McCormick had to be helped off with the cramp. He kept it going right on an option play, then cut back across the field and outraced the Duke defense to end zone.
“I felt like I could come in there and do something, but I didn’t think I’d break one for a touchdown,” Gordon said. “When I cut back and saw that huge opening, I thought I had a chance to score.”
Skutt controlled things up front and its ground game racked up 349 yards. Senior Jarod Epperson got most of the work with 194 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns.
“I don’t know how many carries Jarod had, but he was a workhorse tonight,” Skutt coach Matt Turman said. “He’s elusive and has that breakaway speed, but he also runs very hard between the tackles.”
After Skutt took a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter, York scored twice in a matter of span of 1:29 to go into the intermission tied. Snodgrass, the Nebraska recruit who rushed for 112 yards and passed for 182 more, scored on a 56-yard burst up the middle, then running back Jacob Diaz broke and spun out of a number of tackles for a 59-yard TD run.
Snodgrass scored his third TD on a 2-yard run to slice Skutt’s lead to 35-30 with 4:34 left in the game. After Gordon’s long run, he then threw a 22-yard TD pass to Jeb Lucas to produce the final score with 2:56 left.
“We played really hard, never gave up and played better than we did last week,” said York coach Glen Snodgrass, whose team lost to No. 1 McCook last Friday 20-13. “It gets difficult defensively when they (Skutt) get 4 or 5 yards on isos and fullback traps because then Coach Turman sets you up for a big play like they did with the quarterback.”
OMAHA SKUTT 42, YORK 37
OS--Epperson 34 run (Joey White kick)
YRK--Snodgrass 2 run (Ivey kick)
OS--Epperson 3 run (Joey White kick)
OS--Hassenstab 1 run (Joey White kick)
YRK--Snodgrass 56 run (Ivey kick)
YRK--Diaz 59 run (Ivey kick)
OS--Epperson 5 run (Joey White kick)
YRK--Danielson 39 FG
OS--Legel 8 run (Joey White kick)
YRK--Snodgrass 2 run (pass failed)
OS--Gordon 59 run (Joey White kick)
YRK--Lucas 22 pass from Snodgrass (Ivey kick)
RUSHING--York, Snodgrass 23-112, Diaz 10-80, Kowalski 2-5, Troester 4-33, Team 1-(-1). O. Skutt, Epperson 23-194, Legel 6-29, Hassenstab 4-17, McCormick 10-46, Gordon 2-65, Team 1-(-2).
PASSING--York, Snodgrass 11-23-1, 182; O. Skutt, McCormick 5-8-1, 69.
RECEIVING--York, Danielson 6-80, Lucas 2-44, Cast 2-45, Diaz 1-13. O. Skutt, Trout 1-6, Josh White 1-10, Legel 1-14, Hubert 1-12, Gordon 1-27.