Standing just feet from his team's end zone and with the clock winding down, Spring Grove's De'Andre Gaskins spoke up. West York had just broken a 52-yard run to the Rockets' 3-yard line and trailed by four points.

"This is for everything," the Spring Grove senior defensive tackle said. "Let's get this done."


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The Rockets followed his demand, forcing a turnover on downs, to secure a 10-6 home win against the Bulldogs on Friday night.

The victory came after the Rockets lost twice to West York (0-3) last season, including a 42-17 loss in the District 3 Class AAA quarterfinals. That left bad memories in the Rockets' minds.

"It was bad because the first time playing them, it was a real close game," Rockets defensive lineman David Shaw said. "It was just bad. That was about it.

"We definitely wanted to beat them because my sophomore year and my junior year we lost to them. We definitely wanted to set things right our senior year."

The Rockets (2-1) did so in a penalty-filled game. Both teams combined for 27 penalties for 174 yards, with Spring Grove responsible for 17 of those for 94 yards.

Shaw, who is committed to the University of Maryland, jumped offsides several times.

"In practice, we always go on one," he said. "I have a tendency to listen to the quarterback. I have to block it out. They were going on three, five, one, two. That was my biggest problem. I wasn't focusing enough."

Rockets coach Russ Stoner, however, thought there could've been more penalties.

"There's no doubt there's penalties in a football game," he said. "We have a kid like David Shaw that, there's no doubt, he was offsides several times tonight. But I guarantee when I watch film this weekend of that game, David Shaw got held or high-lowed a lot but didn't get the call."

The penalties didn't help either team much, offensively, as both combined for 384 yards.

Spring Grove gained 170 yards -- 103 coming on the ground from Hildebrand and running back Jeff Delaughter. West York's Ross Campbell went 10-for-22 with 122 passing yards and rushed 11 times for 75 yards, accounting for 197 of his team's 214 yards.

Campbell opened the scoring by throwing a 43-yard touchdown to wide receiver Terry Cains with 4 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half. Delaughter responded with a 2-yard touchdown with 5:42 left in the third quarter that build a 7-6 lead.

Andrew Luckenbaugh's 30-yard field goal at the start of the fourth quarter accounted for the only other points.

West York, however, placed itself in good position to win after Campbell's 52-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

However, the Rockets' goal-line stand -- in what could be the final regular-season meeting between the two schools because of YAIAA realignment next season -- saved them.

"I was told that's not a rivalry," Stoner said. "Don't kid yourself. That's a rivalry. We're separated by a road. What I'm hoping for is for them to win out, and I'm rooting to play them again in the playoffs."
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West York   0    6    0    0 -- 6
Spring Grove   0    0    7    3 -- 10
Second Quarter
WY-- Terry Cains 43 pass from Ross Campbell (kick blocked), 4:35
Third Quarter
SG -- Jeff Delaughter 2 run (Andrew Luckenbaugh kick), 5:42
Fourth Quarter
SG -- Luckenbaugh 30 FG, 11:46
 
-- WY -- SG
First downs -- 15 -- 12
Rushes-yards -- 38-92 -- 45-107
Passing -- 10-22-0 -- 6-12-0
Passing yards -- 122 -- 63
Total yards -- 214 -- 170
Punts -- 6-29.8 -- 6-30.2
Fumbles-lost -- 2-0 -- 1-1
Penalties-yards -- 10-80 -- 17-94

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing -- WY, Campbell 11-75, Noah Bowers 3-(-16), Josiah Mincer 21-22, Kyle Narber 3-11; SG, Trevor Hildebrand 15-44, Delaughter 23-59, Nick Erickson 2-3, Shay Feulmer 4-1, David Shaw 1-0.
Passing -- WY, Campbell 10-22-0-122; SG, Hildebrand 6-12-0-63.
Receiving -- WY, Bower 1-3, Mincer 1-(-3), Diego Torres 3-44, Terry Cains 4-67, Ian Lichty 1-11; SG, Delaughter 1-20, Logan Hall 4-38, Erickson 1-5.