ELMHURST – The first play from scrimmage in York’s home finale was a toss, reverse, fleaflicker that went for an 85-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Rose to Jeff Ostling.
It was the kind of play that showed the Dukes can have some fun and that they also have come a long away from a year ago.
Unfortunately for York, it still lost to Lyons Township, 42-23, in what was a postseason elimination game between a pair of 3-4 teams.
Despite the disappointing loss, the mood around York football team isn’t doom and gloom after failing to make the playoffs.
The Dukes, which are coming off an 0-9 record in 2012, are feeling positive about playing in games with as much on the line as there was last Friday.
“All positives; we improved so much from last year,” Rose said. “It’s a great team to be around. It’s been a fun four years.”
While Rose and the rest of the seniors have one more hurrah at Glenbard West on Saturday, the LT game was the final home game of the season.
It started hot for York with the trick-play touchdown.
Rose said the Dukes had planned to run that on the first play a few days before the game. After Ostling broke free for the touchdown, Rose sprinted down the field and motioned for the crowd to make some noise.
“We’ve been practicing that the past couple weeks and [coach] finally let us run it,” Rose said. “It was pretty cool. It’s like when we were kids in our back yard. It was pretty fun.”
After that, it was all LT. The Lions even blocked the extra point and scored the next 28 points before Rose converted a 21-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to cut the lead to 28-9.
“The offense came out ready to play for the first time and it was great,” Rose said. “LT just came out with double the intensity on offense. They’re a really good team. They moved the ball and scored a couple times really quick and we couldn’t really catch up.”
Once football season ends after Saturday’s game, Rose will turn his attention to the York basketball team. Rose emerged as a top perimeter threat on the team last season and will form a talented senior duo with Air Force commit Frank Toohey.
“I’m all football until it’s over and then when football is over I go straight to basketball,” Rose said.
Lyons Township 42, York 23
Passing: Charlie Rose 14-for-25, 167 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing: Kyle Coughlin 5-89, TD; Kyle Stearns 13-75
Receiving: Jeff Ostling 4-116, TD; Stearns 6-11; Kyle Preuss 2-30; Mike Nasser 1-3, TD
Week 9: York at Glenbard West
When: 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Duchon Field, 670 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Records: York (3-5, 1-4 WSS), Glenbard West 7-1 (5-0 WSS)
Outlook: After getting eliminated from playoff contention the Dukes travel to defending Class 7A champ Glenbard West. The Hilltoppers can win the outright West Suburban Silver title with the victory. York hasn't defeated Glenbard West since 2007.