Related:Check out the pregame scene from Friday's game.
York, PA - Every Tuesday during the season, the West York football coaching staff shows its players a motivational video -- a primer of sorts for the build-up to that week's game.
This week, Ron Miller cued up something a little different for his team, days before the Bulldogs' 54-13, mercy-rule thrashing of rival Dover on Friday. The West York coach played a clip of the Eagles taking a knee to end the teams' showdown last season -- a three-point Dover victory.
Then Miller hit the rewind button and showed the play again.
"We were sitting there just fuming. We were ready to play Tuesday."
They were ready Friday, too. West York (7-0, 2-0 YAIAA Div. II) unleashed a first-half onslaught during its homecoming night, rolling up a 40-0 halftime lead against the visiting Eagles (3-4, 1-1).
By the time the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard Friday, the disappointment of last year's 30-27 defeat had long since faded from the Bulldogs' minds.
"Last year they pushed us around. They were tougher than us,"
West York's players also drew motivation from their assistant coach, Rob Rinehart, whose mother passed away Friday. Rinehart still coached against Dover.
The Bulldogs wasted little time asserting their dominance. Their first-half effort blended bullying defense with an up-tempo, balanced offense. West York piled up 305 yards and 15 first downs in the first half, compared to 27 yards and two first downs for the Eagles.
At one point, West York scored on six straight possessions -- a product, in part, of advantageous field position. The Bulldogs started four of those touchdown drives in Dover territory, while the Eagles' offense remained pinned near its own end zone.
It amounted to a vicious cycle for Dover, one it seemed powerless to break.
"It felt like they never even got outside of the 20-yard line in the first half," West York coach Ron Miller said. "It was a short field the whole game, and that makes life easier."
Zack Smith got the Bulldogs on the board midway through the first quarter, when he hauled in a pass from Brandon Kinneman and cruised 18 yards for the touchdown.
It would be the start of another big night for the senior receiver. Smith reeled in seven catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns, including back-to-back strikes of 37 and 33 yards in the second quarter, which stretched West York's lead to 40-0.
All but one of Kinneman's 13 pass attempts were directed to Smith -- another sign of the pair's chemistry. The two have played together since they were 6 years old and are frequent workout partners in the summer.
Brock Snellbaker added 71 rushing yards and a touchdown for West York, while James Johnson chipped in two rushing touchdowns.
For many of West York's regulars, the reward for their early dominance was a place on the sideline. Both teams' reserves played out the second half while Kinneman and others chatted and joked around, knowing there would be no kneel-downs to watch this time.
Dover 0 0 7 6 -- 13
West York 14 26 7 7 -- 54
WY -- Zack Smith 18 pass from Brandon Kinneman (Christopher Markel kick), 4:18
WY -- Brock Snellbaker 21 run (Markel kick), 1:39
WY -- Anthony Trone 13 run (Markel kick), 11:52
WY -- James Johnson 17 run (kick failed), 7:18
WY -- Z. Smith 37 pass from Kinneman (pass failed), 4:48
WY -- Z. Smith 33 pass from Kinneman (Markel kick), 1:28
WY -- Johnson 4 run (Ross Campbell kick), 6:06
Do -- Khalil Howard 71 pass from Shane McBride (Dalton Heim kick), 5:01
Do -- McBride 10 run (kick failed), 11:13
WY -- Joseph Smith 64 run (Campbell kick), 8:09
-- Do -- WY
First downs -- 9 -- 18
Rushes-yards -- 33-95 -- 39-271
Passing -- 7-18-1 -- 9-15-0
Passing yards -- 125 -- 132
Total yards -- 220 -- 403
Punts -- 8-28.8 -- 3-39.3
Fumbles-lost -- 2-0 -- 0-0
Penalties-yards -- 3-17 -- 5-34
Rushing -- Dover, Gabe Jackson 5-57, Josh Geesey 8-30, Dylan Ehrlinger 1-11, Isaiah Green 6-8, Shane McBride 2-6, Jesse Morrow 1-4, Logan Ambrose 5-1, George Tischler 3-1, Team 2-(-23); West York, Joseph Smith 9-91, Brock Snellbaker 9-71, Brandon Kinneman 9-55, James Johnson 7-30, Anthony Trone 3-29, Ross Campbell 2-(-5).
Passing -- Dover, Shane McBride 2-2-0-79, Jordan Wynegar 2-11-1-23, George Tischler 2-4-0-15, Kenyon Hoopes 1-1-0-8; West York, Brandon Kinneman 8-13-0-124, Ross Campbell 1-2-0-8.
Receiving -- Dover, Khalil Howard 2-76, Derrick Wagaman 2-23, Gabe Jackson 2-16, Dylan Ehrlinger 1-10; West York, Zack Smith 7-119, Ian Lichty 1-8, Snellbaker 1-5.