WAVERLY — The Dukes were without Jonah Otte in last week's one-point loss to Norris, but when the numbers are added up the senior is sure to have two games worth of stats against Waverly on the road last night.
Otte sat out the opener to give a leg, injured in a non-football accident, some time to heal. Returning with enthusiasm, Otte scored twice, got an interception that doused the Vikings' best scoring chance, made a slew of tackles, even more yards than that and led the Dukes to a dominating 32-3 victory.
York stated its intentions right away by stopping Waverly's first possession, then taking over at its own 28. Otte made the first of many big runs to the Waverly 48 after which starting quarterback Damon Kaliff hit JJ Schulz for a first-and-goal at the 10. The Dukes overcame a third-and-11 on the drive.
Otte sealed the deal himself by banging in from close range. Freshman Jorre Luther split the uprights and it was 7-0 at 4:46 of the first period.
The Vikings had their enthusiasm drenched again when a 41-yard run put their offense in business at the York 4. There an apparent TD pass had Waverly players and fans coming out of their shoes ... but not for long.
An illegal receiver downfield penalty erased the six points from the board. A near-TD was upended when Simon Otte leaped high to break up a pass in the end zone to Viking Jaron Bricker.
Waverly had to settle for a field goal and those three points turned out to be the Vikings' first, last and only of the game.
Kaliff ran 27 yards to paydirt at 1:09 of the first and the period ended 14-3.
Two possessions in the opening quarter added up to two TDs for the Dukes.
As if the Vikings' weren't downhearted enough, Otte snagged his interception and raced from the York 5 where Waverly was threatening to the 25 of the home team. The York chance ended on downs at the Viking 3, but the damage to Waverly hopes was severe.
Next to stand out were Kaliff and JJ Schulz. Kaliff hit Schulz on third-and-goal from the 12. Schulz cradled the ball and tumbled backward into the front right corner of the end zone.
Luther, who hit all his extra point kicks and had a 23-yard field, made it 21-3.
The Vikings snagged a tipped Kaliff pass at their own 44, but again York's defense said, "No!"
The half ended on a score of 21-3.
After intermission a quick personal foul flag on Waverly helped Otte bull for 7 yards to the Viking 4. The drive stalled and on came Luther for his 23-yard field goal, 24-3.
Otte scored his second TD, this time from the 2, at 9:58 of the fourth. Holder Nic Pettygrove stood up and hit Evan Ronne in the end zone for the two-point PAT that ended scoring.
Coach Glenn Snodgrass was disappointed because his offense "got inside the red zone at least three times and didn't come away with anything." He pointed out there were "too many false starts," but said his "offensive line played awesome at the point of attack. Thirty-two to 3 against a good team ... you've got to be happy with that."
As for Otte, Snodgrass said, "He is an absolutely devastating blocker. That was a big thing that helped the running game go."
As for the defense, the coach said, "Overall i think our defense was awesome, other than screens and reverses" that the Vikings ran with success too often against the Dukes.
York returns home to East Hill Field on Friday to entertain the Schuyler Warriors.