York, PA - The last few weeks have not been good to Brock Snellbaker. He's felt ill, sometimes with a fever and sometimes with an upset stomach.
It's affected his play on the field -- a situation that has not helped West York coach Ron Miller in rotating running backs because of injury -- and Snellbaker still isn't completely over his illness. One sanctuary, Snellbaker said, has been on the practice field, where he can work up a sweat to forget he hasn't felt well.
Even Friday, he still barely ate. It was hard to tell on the field, though.
Snellbaker rushed for a game-high 180 yards on 20 carries, helping spearhead a 44-0 shutout for West York (4-0) against YAIAA Division I foe Red Lion (0-4).
"I feel a lot better now, but it's always better after a win," said Snellbaker, who did not eat anything before last week's game against Spring Grove -- a 21-17 win for the Division II Bulldogs, who will play their fifth team from the YAIAA's biggest division next week in William Penn.
"I think that hurt me, actually."
Snellbaker said he does not get sick much, but when he does, "it lasts for a while."
His workload Friday night was steady for the first half, but the 5-foot-10, 174-pound senior did not have another carry in the second half. With a 37-0 lead and a defense that held Red Lion to just 2 yards rushing at that point, there was no need.
"He was upset last week. He cost us a couple of times," said Miller, alluding to Snellbaker's dehydration against Spring Grove. "We've had a lot of adversity. We've had nine kids hurt since last Friday."
One those injuries was suffered by Josiah Mincer, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Red Lion entered Friday night shorthanded.
Coach Pat Conrad would not name disciplined players, but the Lions were without at least three key contributors. That played into the Lions starting four sophomores on both sides of the ball, including fullback Kenny Holloway, who played tailback in place of leading rusher Jason Milton.
The Lions suffered another blow following West York's second touchdown to take a 13-0 lead, when junior A.J. Hungerford was knocked down on the kickoff return. Hungerford was taken off the field on a stretcher but raised his arm to the crowd. Conrad said afterward the stretcher was strictly precautionary.
Two plays after the injury, the Lions fumbled away the football after junior Blake Cahill completed a pass to Mitch Baublitz. Their previous possession ended in the same fashion and led to a Bulldogs touchdown. So did this one, as Snellbaker weaved through open paths and scored his second TD.
By the time he was able to rest, West York's offensive line had allowed for 238 first-half yards rushing. The Bulldogs finished with 361 and earned approval afterward from Miller, who grew somewhat concerned after two close wins.
"He got on their case all week about it, telling them they've got to fire from the beginning," Snellbaker said. "This game they came out and blocked huge holes."
Red Lion 0 0 0 0 -- 0
West York 20 17 9 0 -- 44
WY -- Brock Snellbaker 16 run (kick failed), 7:59
WY -- Zack Smith 40 pass from Brandon Kinneman (Chris Markel kick), 6:17
WY -- Snellbaker 23 run (Markel kick), 2:30
WY -- Smith 24 pass from Kinneman (Snellbaker pass from Kinneman), 8:17
WY -- Safety, Blake Cahill sacked in end zone, 7:47
WY -- Kinneman 6 run (Markel kick), 2:37
WY -- Anthony Trone 82 run (Markel kick), 2:27
-- RL -- WY
First downs -- 10 -- 24
Rushes-yards -- 21-21 -- 47-361
Passing -- 12-21-1 -- 6-13-0
Passing yards -- 142 -- 102
Total yards -- 163 -- 463
Fumbles-lost -- 2-2 -- 3-2
Penalties-yards -- 5-48 -- 7-60
Rushing -- Red Lion, Kenny Holloway 14-36, Cahill 8-(-)15, Dan Althoff 1-0; West York, Snellbaker 20-180, Trone 6-100, Kinneman 6-15, Steven Wilson 4-14, James Johnson 9-44, Smith 1-9, Austin Bowser 1-(-1).
Passing -- Red Lion, Cahill 12-21-1-142; West York, Kinneman 6-11-0-102, Cash Gladfelter 0-1-0-0.
Receiving -- Red Lion, Seth Haight 6-90, Mitch Baublitz 2-30, Althoff 2-10, Chris Knorr 2-12; West York, Smith 6-102.