York, PA - West York capped the regular season Friday by shutting out New Oxford, 35-0.
The win gave West York a perfect regular season, something only three other Bulldog teams have ever accomplished. Now the Bulldogs will prepare for the postseason. They'll open District 3 Class AAA play as the No. 2 seed Friday night at home vs. rival Northeastern.
The front cover of West York's football program is scripted with the team's motto for this season, "It's not about you, it's about us."
Good football teams can point to having strength in different areas of their game. The team might be strong offensively or defensively. A good team also could possess a highly skilled player that gives them an advantage in close games. To go undefeated and face the level of competition that West York has faced every week means being much more than just a good team, it means you have to be complete.
The team motto has extended to more than those that identify themselves as players or coaches. The final mark of completion for West York extends to their fans, who packed themselves in the home side bleachers Friday night to see their Bulldogs into the playoffs and celebrate the undefeated season.
Amongst the throngs of fans was a select group that was especially louder than the rest, the student section. Led by Clayton Frey, Parker Weekly and Brayden Lucas, the group has been to every game this season but one, the Saturday game at Kennard-Dale.
Each week they choose a theme. Friday night's theme was dress as your favorite athlete. Costumes included football players, bicyclists and even one student dressed in an Orioles sweatshirt and sunglasses -- clearly a nod to World Series of Poker winner Greg Merson.
Like a game of poker, the Bulldogs are all in, getting contributions from every player.
The first score against New Oxford came on a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown by senior linebacker Devon Fissel.
"It was surreal, I never touch the football," Fissel said. "Playoff games are extremely important to be at home. To be able to thrive off (the fans) energy means everything."
The entire team expressed their gratitude to the fans after the game as they lined up to walk the fence that separated the stands from the field, slapping hands with everyone.
"We feel that every teams is a threat to us, so defensively we feel like we have to shut them down," senior linebacker Anthony Franklin said.
Franklin led the Bulldogs' defense in tackles this season and, along with senior Brody Kern, are the emotional leaders of the team.
"Work ethic is where it all comes from," said Zack Smith, the team's leading receiver.
The intensity and control the Bulldogs play with has been their hallmark all season.
Whether it's the defense that has shut down the opposition -- the Bulldogs allow an average of 8.7 points per game -- or the offense that scores on average 35 points per game, West York is built for the playoffs.
"We have so many things that we can do, I'm always curious how a team plans for us because we will do something to try to trick them," senior running back Brock Snellbaker said.
The Bulldogs left the field Friday night, basking in the glow of an undefeated season. When they return to the practice field today, a new season begins.
To run the gauntlet against the caliber of teams on the horizon, the Bulldogs will need to stay the course on what has gotten them to this point, to be complete.