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York running back Devin Campbell said his team's motto for the past week has been "slay the dragon" — or in this case the bulls.
Campbell and the Falcons did just that Thursday night as the Falcons handed Poquoson its first loss of the season, winning 21-7 at Bailey Field.
The Islanders entered Thursday's game without having given up a point through three games, a stat York was determined to end.
"We just wanted to smack that down from the beginning," Campbell said. "We wanted to end that streak."
Campbell did just that with 2:56 remaining in the first quarter when he hammered through the Poquoson defense for a 6-yard touchdown. The extra point from Logan Weis put the Falcons on top 7-0.
With York leading 7-0, the Falcons built on their lead late in the second quarter. The Falcons put together a drive that spanned just under five minutes, that was capped off on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey Hayyat to Luke Gilbert to extend York's lead to 14-0 just before halftime.
During halftime, York Coach Doug Pereira told his team to keep their foot on the gas, knowing a throw-heavy Poquoson team could strike at any time.
Luckily for Pereira, York's defensive line — Darius Reynolds in particular — kept Poquoson quarterback Colten Hicks from finding his rhythm. Hicks was sacked three times during the game, but was forced to roll out of the pocket to buy more time from York's pass rush, a strategy that resulted in erratic passes on the run.
Hicks found a brief hole in the York defense at the start of the fourth quarter, when he aired the ball out to Matt Blaser, who made a tough over-the-shoulder grab for a 25-yard touchdown.
After a quick York three-and-out, Poquoson had the ball in York territory and was driving. However, Reynolds blew off the line untouched and sacked Hicks for a 5-yard loss to force a Poquoson punt.
York responded in a big way, scoring on its ensuing possession in less than two minutes. With the ball deep in Poquoson territory, Campbell bounced the ball outside and streaked down the left side of the field 24 yards for his second touchdown of the night.
"I was just running for the pylon trying not to get caught," joked Campbell about his last touchdown.
Campbell's late touchdown put the game out of reach for Poquoson, who failed a fourth-down conversion attempt with 54 seconds left to ice the game.
York (3-1) will face its biggest test of the season Oct. 1 when the Falcons travel to take on Lafayette.
Poquoson: 0 0 0 7 — 7
York: 7 7 0 7 — 21
Y: Campbell 6 run (Weis kick), 7-0
Y: Gilbert 33 pass from Hayyat (Weis kick), 14-0
P: Blaser 25 pass from Hicks (Coccimiglio kick), 14-7
Y: Campbell 24 run (Weis kick), 21-7
First Downs: 9; 13
Rushes-Yards: 25-49; 39-166
Passing Yards: 55; 92
Comp-att-inc: 10-28-0; 5-11-1
Fumbles-lost: 0-0; 0-0
Penalties-yards: 6-60; 9-95
Poquoson: Colten Hicks (10-28, 55 yards, TD), Matt Blaser (7 rec, 60 yards, TD)
York: Devin Campbell (21 car, 91 yards, 2 TDs), Ramsey Hayyat (5-11, 92 yards, TD, INT)
Smithfield Hangs On Against Warhill
Warhill's football team made a late run against Smtihfield, but ultimately fell at home in a 36-26 contest Thursday evening.
The Lions trailed Smithfield 14-7 heading into halftime, but fell behind 28-14 after the Packers scored twice in the third quarter.
However, the Lions refused to fight and gave Smithfield a late scare.
Warhill scored a pair of late touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one coming shortly after a recovered onside kick, cutting Smithfield's lead to 10 points.
The Lions missed on their two-point conversion attempt that would have cut the Smithfield lead to eight points and prompted the Lions to again go for an onside kick. This attempt would not be successful as Smithfield recovered the kick and ran out the rest of the clock.
Warhill (0-4) is still looking for its first win of the season and will have a prime opportunity to do so next Friday at home against Jamestown.
Individual stats were not reported for this game.
Smithfield 36, Warhill 26