Patrick Weider gathered his Kennard-Dale Rams in close for a postgame huddle and delivered a passionate message: Go to school with pride on Monday. This isn't the same Kennard-Dale football team that people are used to seeing lose. We're different, he told his players.
Weider had every right to be fired up. Behind 139 rushing yards by Chase Carlile and three Dalton Stike touchdown runs, his Rams had just beat York County Tech, 34-20 — their first win since Week 3 of last season against this same Spartans team, and their first road win since Sept. 2013.
"The past three seasons we've won on Week 3 so maybe it's a Week 3 thing," Carlile laughed. "I don't think it'll be the only win we get this year. I think we'll get more."
Carlile was all smiles after his big Saturday performance as were many of his teammates and the dozens of Rams fans who made the trek from Fawn Grove.
"It feels fantastic, we've been waiting for this feeling since before the season," Carlile said. "The offensive line was making huge holes. It's easy to be a running back when the line controls the game up front."
After losing to two undefeated teams — Hanover and Waynesboro — in the first two weeks of the season, Weider thought his Rams were better than their record. It showed in the first half. While Carlile was rumbling for 139 yards on 21 carries, Stike was finding the end zone. The sophomore quarterback had touchdown runs of 3, 2, and 17 yards in the first half.
"I think the kids feel relieved mostly," Weider said of the victory. "I don't think we played very well the first two weeks against two really good teams. We challenged our guys to go back to the basics and get better."
The Spartans countered with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Damarius Wiggins to Maurice James on Wiggins' only completion of the afternoon, but the Rams still held a 21-6 lead at the half. Both teams exchanged touchdowns early in the third quarter, but the Spartans couldn't seem to hold any momentum. Kahliek Savery got the crowd fired up on a 40-yard touchdown run, but it was called back because of a flag — a common sight on Saturday as the Spartans were penalized 13 times for 105 yards.
Savery would find the end zone later in the quarter, cutting the lead to 27-20, but a Nick Workinger fourth-quarter touchdown run and a Shawn Ellis interception for Kennard-Dale on the Spartans ensuing drive sealed the win.
"A lot of times people at school can get down on the football program because we haven't been successful," Weider said. "So I want the guys to take some pride. It's a great high school, and we have to take pride in being Kennard-Dale's football team."
Kennard-Dale 34, York County Tech 20
Kennard-Dale71467—34York County Tech06140—20
KD — Dalton Stike 3 run (Austin Jenkins kick), 9:55.
KD —Stike 2 run (Jenkins kick), 8:11.
YCT — Maurice James 37 pass from Damarius Wiggins (kick missed), 5:20.
KD — Stike 16 run (Jenkins kick), :42.
YCT — Isaiah Colon 4 run (run failed), 8:21.
KD — Kyle Wooldridge 17 pass from Daniel Brewer (kick blocked), 3:21.
YCT — Kahliek Savery 29 run (Damarius Wiggins run), :10.
KD — Nick Workinger 17 run (Jenkins kick), 7:45.
KDYCTFirst downs2014Rushes-yards42-27336-209Passing10-123-11-2Passing yards11472Total yards387281Punts0-02-46Fumbles-lost4-14-0Penalties-yards3-2513-105
Rushing — KD, Chase Carlile 21-139, Dalton Stike 6-12, Nicholas Fritz 5-35, Shawn Ellis 6-23, Nick Workinger 4-64. YCT, Damarius Wiggins 14-86, Kahliek Savery 9-71, Maurice James 1-14, Matt Rossi 4-16, Brandon Montouth 4-18, Josiah Smallwood 2-(-1), Isaiah Colon 2-5.
Passing — KD, Stike 4-5-61. Daniel Brewer 6-7-53. YCT, Wiggins 1-6-1-37, Smallwood 2-5-1-35.
Receiving — KD, Carlile 3-23, Ellis 1-7, Connor Stokes 1-14, Kyle Wooldridge 3-59, Workinger 1-6, Stephen Miller 1-5. YCT, James 1-37, Savery 1-7, Austin Wehler 1-28.