Devils trounce Mustangs to win second straight

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Todd DeWalt collects one of his three and a half sacks on the night.

Greencastle-Antrim wasted no time assuring its second straight win of the young season with a 28-7 halftime lead, 42-7 going in the fourth and a 49-19 final over West Perry.

The game was the Blue Devils’ first Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division contest and G-A set the tone early driving 55 yards and scoring on a Devin Schaeffer three-yard run. After a three-and-out series from the Mustangs, G-A went another 55 yards for another score. This time it was Jake Statler on a 31-yard scamper. Late in the second quarter the lead was extended to 21-0 when Brett Meyers led Brandon Trefelner for a 24-yard TD strike.

Not only did the offense do its job with little trouble, the defense equaled that, making for a pressure-filled evening for the West Perry quarterback. In all the Devils recorded seven sacks, three and a half by Todd DeWalt. Also contributing to the relentless pressure were Broc Shives, Denton Ensminger, Gerardo Juarez and Alexander Giustini.

West Perry tried to gain some momentum going into the half with a long TD pass late in the second quarter, but the Devils came out of the locker room and just continued with the mastery of the Mustangs. Schaeffer, Tyler Szaflarski and Meyers each had touchdown runs in the third quarter to ice the game. Ricky Pfannebecker scored with three minutes to go to make it G-A by 30.

Nathan Pool kicked six extra points and Christian Hoover added the seventh.

Statler led the potent 311-yard rushing attack with 89 yards on eight carries. Szaflarski added 81 on 11 and Schaeffer carried 10 times for 75. Meyers was 4-for-6 in the passing department for 66 yards. Schaeffer had a completion for 17. Each throw went to a different receiver with Ensminger snagging one for 30.

In addition to the seven sacks the defense limited West Perry to just 48 yards on the ground.

Tyler Szaflarski eludes a West Perry tackler before entering the endzone. In the inset, Szaflarski celebrates after the score.