The feeling -- a mixture of satisfaction and vindication -- was apparent among Brandon Kinneman and his West York teammates as they watched the final, meaningless minutes of Friday's 49-20, playoff-opening beatdown of Northeastern.

For two seasons now, the Bobcats had been the team West York couldn't get away from. And while the two sides' 12-month, four-game mini-series had not exactly been filled with parity, it had been characterized by plenty of high-intensity, pad-crunching play.

Not to mention, the Bulldogs felt, a bit too much verbal jousting.

"Just the things from last year, them mocking our donuts and doing that," said Kinneman, the team's senior quarterback, referring to West York's tradition of gathering for donuts on Thanksgiving morning. "We wanted to make a statement."

After halftime, he and his teammates did exactly that.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (11-0) blitzed No. 15 seed Northeastern with a furious third-quarter flurry during Friday's District 3 Class AAA first-round contest -- a barrage of 21 unanswered points fueled largely by a surprise, onside kick.

By the time the Bobcats (7-3) shook off their daze, the mercy-rule running clock had already begun to wind.

So it's one familiar foe down, one to go for West York. It will host No. 10 seed Spring Grove, a 24-0 winner over Shippensburg, in a district quarterfinal next Friday. West York edged the Rockets, 21-17, in Week 3.

After Friday's game, Bulldogs coach Ron Miller stood among his players in a raucous huddle. "You've got yourself another 48 minutes," the coach said.

That wasn't West York's only incentive. Kinneman made reference to what he felt were slights aimed at he and his teammates.

"You can call it a rivalry, but I feel like in a rivalry both teams have to win games," Kinneman said. "There was some fuel they added to the fire. You saw it on Twitter and stuff."

This game bore little resemblance to West York's 14-7 victory over Northeastern in last year's district playoffs. Or even the Bulldogs' 35-14 win two weeks ago -- a game closer than the score indicated.

West York's offense tore off chunks of yards in the first half Friday, sometimes dozens at a time. The biggest play came when Kinneman hit a streaking Zack Smith down the left sideline for a 96-yard touchdown.

Even though Northeastern dominated possession -- Bobcats' senior Daniel Adams had more rushes in the first half (27) then West York had offensive plays (18) -- the visitors did little with it. An injury to top receiver and cornerback Joe Beckhardt early in the first quarter didn't help Northeastern, either.

But the real knockout blow came after halftime.

West York plowed through the Bobcats' defense on the opening drive, eventually scoring on an 11-yard run by Brock Snellbaker.

On the ensuing kickoff, Miller gambled. Kicker Chris Markel's onside attempt caught Northeastern sleeping.

"That just took the wind out of them," said Kinneman, who finished with 240 passing yards and three touchdown throws, all to Smith. "And from there..."

West York’s Kingsley Chikezie tears down Northeastern’s Alec Miller during Friday’s District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game.
West York's Kingsley Chikezie tears down Northeastern's Alec Miller during Friday's District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Kate Penn)

Snellbaker added another touchdown. Then a second mishandled kickoff gave West York the ball again.

By the time Northeastern ran its first offensive play of the half, West York had already scored three times and stretched its lead to 42-7.

"They had the opportunity to kick us, and they kicked us," Bobcats coach Brendan Brown said.

Smith had 173 receiving yards for West York, while James Johnson ran for 92 of his team-best 116 rushing yards after halftime.

Adams had 121 rushing yards to lead Northeastern, which finished with the most wins in a season in their program's short history.

Northeastern’s Derrick Stahl goes low to tackle West York’s Brock Snellbaker during Friday’s District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff
Northeastern's Derrick Stahl goes low to tackle West York's Brock Snellbaker during Friday's District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game at West York. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Kate Penn)

Tickets: The West York athletic department will host a pre-sale on Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. General admission tickets will be sold at the game for $6.

 

Northeastern    7    0    0  13 -- 20
West York  14    7  21    7 -- 49

First Quarter
   Ne -- Daniel Adams 11 run (Ethan Qualters kick), 8:31
   WY -- Brandon Kinneman 8 run (Chris Markel kick), 3:40
   WY -- Zack Smith 96 pass from Kinneman (Markel kick), :05
Second Quarter
   WY -- Steven Wilson 43 run (Markel kick), 1:36
Third Quarter
   WY -- Brock Snellbaker 11 run (Markel kick), 6:30
   WY -- Snellbaker 3 run (Markel kick), 4:27
   WY -- Smith 27 pass from Kinneman (Markel kick), 1:47
Fourth Quarter
   WY -- Smith 7 pass from Kinneman (Markel kick), 8:13
   Ne -- Alec Miller 43 run (kick failed), 6:19
   Ne -- Adams 35 run (Matt Bentz kick), 1:28
 
-- Ne -- WY
First downs -- 13 -- 17
Rushes-yards -- 42-160 -- 41-237
Passing -- 8-14-0 -- 7-11-1
Passing yards -- 83 -- 240
Total yards -- 243 -- 477
Punts -- 2-35 -- 1-31
Fumbles-lost -- 2-0 -- 2-1
Penalties-yards -- 4-20 -- 7-60

 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
   Rushing -- Northeastern, Daniel Adams 29-121, Alec Miller 3-24, Nick Yinger 6-17, Jordan Kearse 3-4, Team 1-(-6); West York, James Johnson 14-116, Brock Snellbaker 11-68, Steven Wilson 3-42, Brandon Kinneman 8-19, Joseph Smith 2-1, Ross Campbell 1-(-2), Team 2-(-7).
   Passing -- Northeastern, Alec Miller 8-14-0-83; West York, Brandon Kinneman 7-11-1-240.
   Receiving -- Northeastern, Zach Moyer 4-27, Joe Beckhardt 2-56, Jordan Kearse 1-3, Daniel Adams 1-(-3); West York, Zack Smith 5-173, Kingsley Chikezie 2-67.