When an incomplete pass ended yet another West York drive on a fourth down, Dallastown defensive coordinator Ivan Quinones pumped his fist — a gesture he made several times Friday night.
That final throw came with 1:15 to play in the game and seemed fitting. After all, it was the sixth time the Wildcats stopped the Bulldogs on fourth down during the game.
"You coach by telling kids that's the time they have to step up. It's on the kids, they did a great job with that," Quinones said.
That defense led Dallastown to a 10-0 victory in the school's home opener,
The Wildcats improved to 2-0 on the young season on a night that started with a ceremony to name the turf Dallastown American Legion Field at Wildcats Stadium.
Jake Jansen hauled in an 8-yard pass from Cade Gold for the game's lone touchdown with only 26 seconds to play in the first half.
Jansen set up that score up with a terrific catch on the previous play when he grabbed the ball off of his shoulder.
"West York was bringing a lot of pressure. Cade had to get it out quick," Jansen said. "He did his job, and I just went and caught it. It hit me in my shoulder somewhere, I don't really know."
The senior also admitted considering the possibility it would be the only touchdown of the game, but he deflected the credit.
"Our defense went out and delivered a shutout," Jansen said.
Wildcats coach Kevin Myers said the late first-half score provided a sense of relief, but the real test came at the start of the third quarter.
The Bulldogs (0-2) took the second-half kickoff and went on a 17-play drive. But Dallastown's defense stiffened once West York got inside the 10-yard-line.
West York had first-and-goal from the 5. On third down, Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Folk was stopped just shy of the goal line, and on fourth, the Wildcats stuffed fullback Mason Bercik for another turnover on downs.
"Our defense is jelling every week, more and more," Myers said. "They are getting more comfortable with one another out there and trust one another to do their jobs.
"I told the guys I sort of expected the game to go like this. I told them, '(West York is) going to get a couple of big plays.' They are a big-play offense, and they sure did, but our guys were resilient and did the job they had to do."
As the score indicates, the Bulldogs also defense played really well, snuffing out Dallastown drives with five sacks of Gold, limiting the Wildcats to only 90 yards on the ground.
Early in the fourth quarter, Folk's 31-yard scramble put the ball in Wildcats territory. However, four plays later, Dallastown stopped a fake punt for the second time in the game.
"It's like watching your own kids grow up right before your eyes," Quinones said of his defense. "My heart was in my throat every time."
Replacement kicker Drake Pew nailed a 32-yard field goal, capping an 11-play drive for the final score with 3:34 remaining in the game.
Gold was 10-of-13 in the first half and finished 13-of-19.
"Every game is not going to be 35 points," Myers said. "In a high school game, 10-0, that's a solid game, on both sides of the ball. Give West York credit. They made some nice plays. They didn't miss many tackles. I am proud of the way we are playing right now."
Dt— Jake Jansen 8 pass from Cade Gold (Drake Pew kick), :26.
Dt — Pew 32 FG, 3:34.
WYDtFirst downs1213Rushes-yards40-12838-90Passing10-16-013-19-0Passing yards150142Total yards278232Punts1-21.04-32.5Fumbles-lost1-01-0Penalties-yards9-554-20
Rushing — WY, Cadence Thomas 15-57, Tyler Folk 17-50, Anthony Kahley 1-16, Terry Cains 1-12, Ryan Narber 2-9, Mason Bercik 1-0, Ethan Sloat 1-(-3), Joe King 2-(-7). Dt, Dillon Callahan 10-73, Jack Marks 7-18, Edgar Centeno 3-14, Jake Garrity 3-5, Connor Green 1-3, Zion DeVance 2-(-2), Gold 12-(-21).
Passing — WY, Folk 10-16-150-0. Dt, Gold 13-19-142-0.
Receiving — WY, Cains 5-95, Ramell Baldwin 4-44, Dante Dorm 1-11. Dt, Jansen 5-72, Connor Moore 5-43, Jawaun McMillan 1-13, Callahan 1-8, Anthony Garcia 1-6.