The Dukes stopped Downers North quarterback Drew Cassens just short of a two-point conversion that would have tied the game with 7:26 left. Then York's Jeffrey Grace blocked the Trojans’ 32-yard field goal attempt with 45.3 seconds for the lead.
“Honestly at the end of the day it was who wanted it more,” said York senior Josh Mathiasen, a two-way start on the line. “We call it fourth-quarter Fridays where we’re pushing our butts off all Friday. At the end of the day, it was who wanted it more. In the trenches, that’s how it is.”
The Dukes’ first three games have been decided by a combined 11 points, starting with their 16-13 overtime victory over Schaumburg.
“I think our kids have been in that situation and that really helped us out,” York coach Mike Fitzgerald said. “This league, it’s tough. You enjoy it but you’ve got to get right back to work.”