Byline: Mike Considine Daily Herald Correspondent
There was a tortoise-and-hare element to York's 14-12 victory over Proviso West Friday at Clarence D. East Field in Elmhurst.
In a battle of dominant defenses, Proviso West was the quicker. York was not slow but, like the winner in the fable, it had greater persistence in the West Suburban Silver opener.
The Dukes offense had its productivity undercut by penalties and interceptions, including two inside the Panthers 20. The Dukes defense didn't make the big plays like those that led to each of Proviso West's touchdowns.
It more than compensated with pressure that prevented any consistent ball movement. The Panthers had less than 100 total yards before their last drive.
In short, Proviso West (2-1, 0-1) ended the game needing a big play and unable to produce.
"We refused to lose, especially at home," said York flanker-linebacker-punter Tim Stratton. "We want to make the playoffs big time. We want the six or seven wins it's going to take to get in."
The biggest among the plays Stratton contributed was a 55-yard punt. The senior had earlier passed for 28 yards from punt formation. This time he faked the pass, ducked away from the rush and boomed the ball deep into Panthers territory.
Stratton (5 catches, 50 yards) and his teammates, especially Justin Bricker and Carl Williams, kept the Panthers there. …