The Eastern York Golden Knights are back in the win column following a 48-0 blowout victory over Pine Grove on Friday night at Pine Grove High School.
The Golden Knights are now 4-5 on the season while Pine Grove fell to 1-8.
It's been an up-and-down year for Eastern -- the team won its first two games of the season before dropping five of six -- although the Golden Knights wasted no time jumping all over the struggling Cardinals.
Eastern York scored 14 points in the first quarter and another 14 in the second to take control. Head coach Dave Kemmick said it was the Golden Knights' ground attack that kicked the offense into high gear.
"We got the ball and we ran it real well, pretty much," Kemmick said. "Our line did a great job. We got to the next level and it just opened things up. We ran the ball downfield."
Kemmick said five of his players found the end zone Friday.
Running back Logan Kline scored twice while Brennen Shenk and Sam Pollock crossed the goal line as well. Ryan Kalke had a big day on both sides of the ball, throwing an 85-yard touchdown from the quarterback position while also returning an interception for a score. The Golden Knights also got a fumble-return touchdown from Jake Touchton.
"It's great for the kids to get a win like this," Kemmick said. "We've had our struggles. We've had our injuries. A win like this, it's big for our psyche."
The Golden Knights have a tall test next week if they want to hit the .500 mark to close the regular season: a road game at York Suburban, which has a firm grip on first place in YAIAA Division II.
"The message is, if we can play the way we did tonight, with that kind of intensity, we can play with anybody," Kemmick said.