DILLSBURG – Northern York did what it wanted, when it wanted during a dominant first half Friday night against Greencastle-Antrim.
The result was a 48-0 lead at halftime en route to a lopsided 55-13 Mid-Penn Colonial Division varsity football victory.
Celebrating homecoming weekend, the Polar Bears (3-2, 2-0 MPC) romped to seven touchdowns in the opening two quarters, finding the end zone on all of their possessions prior to the break.
For G-A, it was a step back after the Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 MPC) showed promising glimpses the previous two weeks.
– Northern York's Kyle Swartz looked like a man among boys. The senior ball carrier rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries.
The most impressive part – he did that before halftime. Swartz did not have a carry in the closing two quarters, with Northern playing several reserves considering the score.
On a 23-yard carry in the first quarter, Swartz surpassed 4,000 rushing yards in his career.
He had runs of 68, 49, 45, 23 and 20 yards, respectively, breaking numerous Blue Devil tackles along the way.
– Northern York quarterback Jordan Heisey also did his fair share of damage offensively.
Heisey scored four total touchdowns in the first half, passing for three and rushing for another. Twice he connected with Aidan Wenger for scores, including a well-designed 45-yard play for a 27-0 lead.
Heisey ran for a 6-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter before throwing a 13-yard strike on Northern's next possession.
– Defensively, the Polar Bears overwhelmed the Blue Devils up front.
In the first half, G-A managed just 51 total yards, 30 of which came on a deep pass on the last play of the second quarter.
– CJ Wagner had a rushing touchdown for Northern while Bailey Blaschak returned a fumble for a touchdown to give the Polar Bears a 55-0 lead in the third quarter.
– Although extremely limited, G-A had a few bright spots in the second half.
Zach Cole hit Adam Root in the flat for a short gain before Root turned the corner and sprinted by a defender, ultimately racing to the end zone for a 71-yard touchdown to get the Blue Devils on the board.
Greencastle's next possession was its best of the night, gaining some traction on the ground. The duo of David Niebauer and Isaiah Toney-Mayhugh marched G-A from its own 20, with Toney-Mayhugh accounting for 30 yards on the drive. Niebauer capped it with a 11-yard touchdown run, resulting in the 55-13 final following a Nathan Kirkwood extra point.
NEXT: G-A hosts Shippensburg in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division game at Kaley Field next Friday.
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