Bison defense expects challenge in York matchup

Members of the McCook football team practice, Sept. 19, 2017 (KHGI)

McCook is considered one of the best defenses out there when it comes to Class B football programs.

Outscoring their opponents 168–31, the Bison are 4–0 and have only allowed two offensive touchdowns all season.

Alliance was stopped in its collective tracks last week, as McCook held then to a negative six yards rushing and 38 yards of offense on the night.

Coach gross said it's going to be a lot of mental this week not so much physical because we're coming off a long road trip out of Alliance," said senior Hunter Hays. "Everyone's still a little bit fatigued and we're just working on our mentality this week."

But McCook hasn't played a team with the potency of York's offense.

"It's a great match–up, but it's a week five match–up, so the importance of it being two top five match ups is awesome," head coach Jeff Gross said. "It's a great opportunity we want to play well."

The Dukes had a balanced attack last week, rushing for 188 yards and another 185 through the air with plenty of talent at the skill positions.

"Overall, this could depict how the end of our season turns out. It's going to be big in the state rankings and if we can get this win it will help us in the long run for sure," says Justin Barenberg, a senior lineman.

McCook's only regular season loss in 2016, coming at the hands of the Dukes, a 20–11 defeat.

"I thought last year we played well in spurts but we made a few too many mistakes. York came away with the victory," summarized Gross.

It was the Bison's lowest scoring night all year.

McCook faces York at home on Friday at 7:00 PM.

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