Veteran York should challenge for a Division 3 playoff spot

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Coach | Doug Pereira (fifth year at York and overall, 21-20)

2010 | 5-5, 5-4 (T-fourth)

Last time in playoffs | 2009

Division | 3


Sept. 1 | Greensville County (L, 12-20), 7

Sept. 9 | Warhill (W, 28-7), 7

Sept. 16 | at Tabb (W, 27-14), 7

Sept. 23 | at Jamestown (L, 20-28), 7

Sept. 30 | Smithfield (W, 24-18) 7

Oct. 7 | Poquoson (L, 0-28), 7

Oct. 14 | at New Kent (W, 35-34), 7

Oct. 20 | Bruton (W, 36-21), 7

Oct. 28 | at Lafayette (W, forfeit), 7

Nov. 4 | Grafton (L, 17-21), 7


Falcons should fly higher | A playoff team in 2009, the Falcons won just four times on the field (plus a forfeit victory) a year ago. With starters at 17 spots returning from a team that played everyone but state champ Poquoson close, York should be a district title contender.

Jake Norman adds an extra dimension | The Falcons run the spread and, with veteran quarterback Alex Johnston and three fine receivers, have a great passing game. Quick and powerful, Norman, who ran for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns last season, opens up the pass game that much more.

Is York finally ready to defend? | The Falcons gave up an average of more than 300 yards rushing their final three games last year. But eight starters return to the unit and the offensive-oriented program is emphasizing defense much more.


Alex Johnston

Sr. | 6-0 | 155 | QB

If Johnston stays healthy, he'll almost certainly surpass 1,000 yards passing for the third consecutive season. His 15 touchdown passes versus four interceptions last season were evidence of increasing maturity. He also ran for seven scores in 2010.

Hayden Crockett

Sr. | 6-4 | 305 | OL/DL

Crockett, a Division I-AA recruit, is strong, big and can move, but he's not alone on the York line in those aspects. Johnny Cruz weighs 330, Parker Campbell 270, Cody Hendrickson 250 and none is shorter than 6-2.

Anthony Honey

Sr. | 5-10 | 175 | WR/DB

There seems to be nothing this all-around star can't do. His nine touchdown receptions led the district last year, while his 469 receiving yards, 541 return yards and six interceptions led the team. His 100 tackles from the secondary were impressive.


Nov. 19, 1988. What is believed to be the biggest crowd in Bailey Field history, about 4,000, saw the Falcons pull off a 32-24 upset in the Region I Division 4 championship game over a previously unbeaten, defending state champion Tabb team featuring future NFL standouts Chris Slade and Terry Kirby.

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