York, PA - Dallastown football head coach Kevin Myers knew his players would be amped up for their game against South Western on Friday night.
It was homecoming and the stadium was electric.
It was also the start of YAIAA Division I play, and both squads knew that they would have something to prove.
Whether it was the atmosphere, or a well-prepared, excited team, Dallastown took the field Friday night and put a damper on South Western's big scoring run as the Wildcats allowed the visitors just one touchdown en route to a 31-7 victory.
Both squads now stand at 3-3 after week six.
The Mustangs were rolling, coming off of a two-game win streak where they outscored their opponents, 93-6.
Similarly, the Wildcats were also on a two-game win streak and had outscored their competition by 50 points in the victories.
"It's little details we've got to take care of and when we do, we're a pretty good ball club," said Myers.
"It was the little things today," said Dallastown junior Robert Catchings. "We did not put the ball on the ground, we didn't fumble. We did the little things and that was why we won."
South Western again relied on one of the YAIAA's leading rushers, junior Dillon Thomas, but could not string together any solid drives as the Dallastown defense baffled their previously potent offense.
Thomas led all rushers with 159 yards on 22 carries.
Junior signal caller Andrew Henry began the scoring for the Wildcats in the second quarter when he scored from four yards out at 9:21.
The Mustangs lone score came with three minutes left in the first half, when quarterback Tyler Sterner found fleet-footed receiver Jerome Robinson with a 35 yard pass to tie the score at seven.
Robinson shined for South Western as he corralled five catches for 69 yards.
Dallastown answered back in a big way when Catchings took the South Western kickoff 90 yards for the touchdown to take the air out of the Mustang's sails.
Catchings said that the Wildcats had the momentum from then on.
"It changed everything," he said.
A Josh Chronister field goal ended an eventful last three minutes of the first half as he put Dallastown up 17-7.
Henry and Catchings both scored again in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, as Catchings scampered down the sideline 60 yards for the final 31-7 score.
"That's football. If you're gaining yards, controlling the clock, and eating up yardage, we're going to go with what works," Myers said of his squad's running game.
Catchings finished with 86 yards on 13 carries while Henry added 56 yards on 14 carries.
South Western 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Dallastown 0 17 14 0 -- 31
DT -- Andrew Henry 4 run (Josh Chronister kick), 9:21
SW -- Jerome Robinson 35 pass from Tyler Sterner (Jake Tracy kick), 3:00
DT -- Robert Catchings 90 kickoff return (Chronister kick), 2:45
DT -- Josh Chronister 35 FG, 1:07
DT -- Andrew Henry 1 run (Chronister kick), 7:56
DT -- Robert Catchings 60 run (Chronister kick, 4:20
-- SW -- DT
First downs -- 14 -- 10
Rushes-yards -- 35-140 -- 38-185
Passing -- 8-15-0 -- 5-11-0
Passing yards -- 99 -- 32
Total yards -- 239 -- 217
Punts -- 5-39.6 -- 3-49.0
Fumbles-lost -- 2-2 -- 3-0
Penalties-yards -- 2-10 -- 4-20
Rushing -- South Western, Dillon Thomas 22-159, Mike Duffy 6-(-33), Zach Osborne 2-(-5), Dakota Moses 3-11, Brady Schultz 2-8; Dallastown, Andrew Henry 14-56, Robert Catchings 13-86, Adam Deardorff 3-8, Malik Lewis 1-6, Josh Chronister 1-8, Alpha Khan 2-7, Nathan Strong 1-2, Sean Roberts 2-9, Addison Quinones 1-3.
Passing -- South Western, Mike Duffy 4-11-0-39, Tyler Sterner 4-4-0-60; Dallastown, Andrew Henry 5-11-0-32.
Receiving -- South Western, Jerome Robinson 5-69, Dillon Thomas 2-22, Gabe Morela 1-8; Dallastown Malik Lewis 3-18, Brady Altland 1-6, Nathan Strong 1-8.