York High football stars Jahiem White and Sam Stoner entered Northeastern Stadium on Friday night with a chance to make history for their school as they battled for their second victory of the season.
They did so thanks to an exciting first-quarter offensive rush that featured the Bearcats scoring 26 points. The game was essentially over by halftime, when York High led 48-3 at halftime and cruised to a 54-9 victory.
Stoner is now the all-time leader in passing yards for William Penn High School. Likewise, White is now the all-time leader in rushing yards for the school. It took both of them 12 minutes to add their names to the history books.
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Head coach Russ Stoner watched as his team earned its second win of the season in dominant fashion.
“We won 54-9, but I’m not exactly happy with the way we played,” Stoner said. “Offensively we were very efficient. sam and florida [White] Well played. Lots of different receivers caught the ball. [The O-line] Well played. Defensively, we’re still a work in progress, young guys learning, and we’ve got to keep working.”
Northeastern was outmatched early on, unable to stop the Bearcats’ backs or receivers. Stoner and White were studs all night with the quarterback completing passes to different parts of the field.
White has often shown why he will play in West Virginia next year. He carried the ball only eight times but finished with 160 yards. The team rushed for a total of 174 yards.
The Bearcats ran the ball at will and the Northeastern defense had no idea what to do about it. A pass from Stoner to Omarion Newson and a broken tackle by the receiver would lead to a quick 20-0 lead for York High.
Early in the second quarter, White entered the end zone untouched on a 25-yard run.
Northeastern moved the ball early but lost possessions after failing to convert on key fourth downs. When the Bobcats needed to score, they just couldn’t get the necessary points on the scoreboard. The game’s score backed them into a corner, forcing them to go for touchdowns rather than settle for field goals.
Bobcats head coach Kirby Brubaker, the defensive coordinator for the past five seasons, hasn’t had a comfortable start to his tenure. Northeastern is now 1-3 and all three losses have been nasty. The Bobcats also fell 35-6 to Dover in Week 1 and 34-7 to Central Dauphin East in Week 3.
Northeastern made the District 3 playoffs four times in five seasons from 2015 to 2019, but has only gone 3-14 the past two years. Last year, the Bobcats went 2-8 and finished seventh in the division.
It’s been a strange start to the season for York High, who lost a couple of late snaps against Woodland Hills and Hempfield. But in their last two matchups, the Bearcats have looked like the team people expected them to be, and they have a favorable schedule for many of their final games of the season.
York High’s next test is at home against the Red Lion next Friday. The Bobcats have another tough matchup in Spring Grove.