One play: That's all it took to completely change the momentum of Friday's District 3 Class AAAA first-round game between Central York and Exeter Township.

The Eagles took possession with just 34 seconds remaining in the first half.

They trailed by three points when they started the drive at their own 16-yard line.

The drive ended with an Eagles touchdown with just one second remaining on the clock following a spectacular catch by Exeter wideout Evan Lysczek to put the Eagles ahead at halftime.

Things continued to go the visitors' way as the No. 12 Eagles upset the No. 5 Panthers, 41-24.

"It was huge," Panthers head coach Brad Livingston said of the Eagles score right before halftime. "The whole first half, we played pretty well, but we gave up some big plays.

"For them to go the distance they did in less than 40 seconds, it had to be a big boost for them. It didn't help us at all."

Exeter's final drive of the first half saw the Eagles go 84 yards in five plays. On the scoring play, which came on a second-and-7 from the Central 24-yard line with just eight seconds remaining, quarterback Chase Yocum found Lysczek, who out-jumped two Central defenders to snag his second touchdown pass of the half.

"That's just a kid making a great play," Eagles head coach Matt Bauer said. "That's the way our kids have been all year, they're really resilient and they fight back."

Then to make matters worse for the Panthers, on the opening kickoff of the second half, Exeter (9-2) pooched the kick and recovered it.


"Nobody fielded it, I don't know why," Livingston said. "We made a big error there and that put us in a bind the whole third quarter."

The Panthers (8-3) wouldn't get into Exeter territory until just over five minutes remained in the game, and in that time, the Eagles were able to run off 17 straight second-half points.

"The defense came out and played outstanding in the second half," Bauer said. "The adjustments we made were sound. We widened a couple of guys (to take away run lanes)."

Central finished with just 57 rushing yards on 24 attempts. Quarterback Dylan Hose finished 16-of-32 for 267 passing yards and three touchdown passes.

"We had a tough time moving the ball all night," Hose said. "They did a good job of stopping the run. We were able to pass on them a little bit, but we just couldn't get it done."

Exeter, which plays No. 4 Lower Dauphin next week, was led by Yocum, who passed for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Yocum also ran for 112 yards and another score.

Central's Zane Knaub finished with 121 receiving yards on five catches, with two of those coming on scoring plays. Knaub hauled in touchdown catches of 55 and 34 yards.

For Hose, a senior, even though the season ended on a sour note, the Panthers' season overall was unforgettable.

"We went undefeated in the division and were division champs," Hose said. "I have great memories. I'll love these guys for the rest of my life and I'll always remember it."

Exeter 7 14 10 10 -- 41
Central York 7 10 0 7 -- 24

First Quarter

CY -- Zane Knaub 55 pass from Dylan Hose (Kyle Smith kick), 8:50

Ex -- Manny Soto 4 run (Logan Gettis kick), 6:49

Second Quarter

CY -- Robert Romey 6 pass from Hose (Smith kick), 11:26

Ex -- Evan Lysczek 80 pass from Chase Yocum (Gettis kick), 10:15

CY -- Smith 35 field goal, 4:42

Ex -- Lysczek 24 pass from Yocum (Gettis kick), 0:01

Third Quarter

Ex -- Soto 35 run (Gettis kick), 5:00

Ex -- Gettis 22 field goal, 0:37

Fourth Quarter

Ex -- Yocum 43 run (Gettis kick), 10:50

CY -- Knaub 34 pass from Hose (Smith kick), 3:42

Ex -- Gettis 29 field goal, 1:12


First downs 12 10

Rushes-yards 35-268 24-57

Passing 11-20 16-32

Passing yards 212 267

Total yards 480 324

Punts 3-32.3 3-27

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1

Penalties-yards 7-65 9-91

Individual statistics

Rushing -- Ex, Manny Soto 12-53, Matt Hampton 2-(-2), Chase Yocum 15-112, Ethan Lutz 6-105. CY, Dylan Hose 6-(-13), Zane Knaub 1-1, Kyle Smith 1-(-3), Donny Crabill 1-1, Breaun Randle 15-71.

Passing -- Ex, Yocum 11-20-212-0. CY, Hose 16-32-267-0.

Receiving -- Ex, Drew Bennett 1-9, Evan Lysczek 2-104, Lutz 4-33, Derrick Jackson 3-56, Soto 1-10. CY, Randle 3-15, Knaub 5-121, Max Haldeman 3-81, Robert Romey 2-8, Zach Emswiler 3-42.