LITTLESTOWN -- After a two-game, YAIAA Division III losing streak, the Littlestown High Thunderbolts appear to have righted the ship.
Friday night's 46-14 win at home against the York County Tech Spartans gave the Thunderbolts back-to-back wins against Division III opponents.
The Bolts were led by the arm of senior quarterback Dustin Crouse, another positive sign for Littlestown.
Crouse threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 11-of-17 passing in the first half, pushing Littlestown to a 33-6 advantage at the break. The 211 yards surpassed the 198 yards Crouse threw for in the last three games combined, and came one week after he went just 1-of-6 passing against Eastern York.
"We needed it," Littlestown head coach Mike Lippy said. "We haven't really thrown the ball this year for a number of factors. When he got hot early, we stuck with it. We only threw the ball six times last week, but we ran the ball well. That's why. We needed to get him some reps throwing this week. He only got to practice one day because he had the flu."
Crouse showed no rust early, completing his first seven pass attempts.
When Littlestown's first three offensive plays came up empty and they faced a fourth-and-5 on the York Tech 45 to begin the game, Crouse rolled right and hit running back Ryan Rickell for a 14-yard gain to keep the drive alive.
After an offside penalty against the defense, Crouse took a three-step drop and threw a fade to Garrett Trout down the left side of the field.
The ball soared toward Trout and the defensive back covering him, Dalmar Dickson. Dickson had inside position, turned around and got his hands on the ball, but a split second later, Trout reached over the top, pulled the ball away and ran five more yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
"That's a weight room play," York Tech head coach Doug Wilkinson said. "That kid basically took the ball away from him."
Ryan Rickell burst through for a 19-yard score on the Bolts' next possession, and Littlestown converted another fourth down en route to a third score late in the first. Crouse hit Lucas Reynolds with back-to-back 15-yard slants to convert and then score.
Littlestown upped the lead to 26-0 when Crouse rolled left and hit a wide open Todd Cook with a 59-yard pass behind the defense. Cook discarded a tackler at the 18 and ran to paydirt.
York Tech halfback Calvin Savary rushed 21 times for 113 yards before sitting out the entire second half with an injury. With his effort, Savary exceeded the 1,000-yard barrier on the season.
York Tech 0 6 0 8 -- 14
Littlestown 19 14 13 0 -- 46
Lt -- Garrett Trout 26 pass from Dustin Crouse (kick failed), 10:16.
Lt -- Ryan Rickell 19 run (run failed), 6:23.
Lt -- Lucas Reynolds 15 pass from Crouse (Dalton Strickler kick), 1:35.
Lt -- Todd Cook 59 pass from Crouse (Strickler kick), 11:49.
YCT -- Trevor Seiler 1 run (pass failed), 8:00.
Lt -- Crouse 4 run (Strickler kick), 6:11.
Lt -- Ryan Rickell 43 run (Strickler kick), 9:51.
Lt -- Jorden Yealy 35 interception return (kick blocked), 5:28.
YCT -- Justin Delgado 25 run (Delgado run), 4:24.
-- YCT -- Lt
First downs -- 13 -- 17
Rushes-yards -- 63-259 -- 28-161
Passing -- 1-7-3 -- 12-20-1
Passing yards -- 0 -- 223
Total yards -- 259 -- 384
Punts -- 2-29.5 -- 1-47.0
Fumbles-lost -- 4-1 -- 1-0
Penalties-yards -- 10-70 -- 3-27
Rushing -- York County Tech, Calvin Savary 21-113, Delgado 7-40, Seiler 16-40, Dalmar Dickson 8-27, Nashied Bones 4-26, Judonn Mitchell 2-13, Stephaun Montouth 5-4, Team 0-(-4); Littlestown, Rickell 11-127, Dustin DeGroft 5-33, Ryan Griffin 2-7, Cole Warner 4-4, Jeremy Shoemaker 1-1, Cody Hartlaub 1-(-2), Trevor Hildebrand 1-(-3), Crouse 3-(-6).
Passing -- York County Tech, Dickson 1-7-3-0, Delgado 0-0-0-0; Littlestown, Crouse 11-18-1-211, Hildebrand 1-2-0-12, Jarrett Brittain 0-0-0-0.
Receiving -- York County Tech, Montouth 1-0; Littlestown, Trout 3-57, Rickell 2-43, Lucas Reynolds 2-30, Jorden Yealy 2-16, Cook 1-59, Shoemaker 1-12, Seth McGregor 1-6.