Greencastle Eagles had busy two weeks

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle Eagles hosted Gettysburg Aug. 30 and entertained Hamilton Sept. 6 in recent Keystone Youth Football League action.

The varsity Eagles (2-1) tore into the Jaguars for a 25-13 victory. The Eagles compiled 311 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Touchdowns were by Cody Thompson, Nathan Monn, Timi Tijani and Kyren Jefferson. The defense had fumble recoveries by Skyler Carlin and Justin Smalls, along with an interception by Dakota Carlin. Leading the team in tackles were Sammy Sprague, Tijani, Wyatt Binkley and Dakota Carlin. Tijani also hooked up with Sprague on an extra point throw.

In mid-varsity action the Eagles fell 19-7. The Eagles had 70 yards total offense with 51 yards rushing and 19 yards passing. Leading the rushing were Joe Burns (seven carries for 50 yards) and Brady Klein with nine yards.  Spencer Meyers had a pass to Sam Calvin for the only completion and a touchdown on two passing attempts.  The defense was led by Ty Haldeman with five tackles. James Hines, Calvin and Joe Burns had four tackles each.  Campbell Parker added two.

The junior varsity Eagles locked up in a scoreless tie. The offense was led by Ben Freeman, who passed for 71 yards with three completions and also rushed for 22 yards.  Cade Marshall had a 66-yard reception. DaQuan Rodgers had 37 yards rushing followed by Taylor Maddox with 18 yards. Nathan Starliper finished with a five-yard reception. The fierce defense was led by Nathan Starliper with four tackles. Cade Marshall added four tackles and a fumble recovery. Freeman and Fugate had 3 tackles apiece with Tony Fugate having a sack for a minus 10 yards.

The Eagles Smurf team was back in action against Hamilton. Both teams had strong defensive efforts and scoring was at a premium.  The Eagles did however manage to get two long offensive scores by Grant Swinehart.  The offensive line controlled play on the afternoon and was a critical part to the Eagles success.  The story of the day for the Eagles was the strong team effort on defense.  Several Eagles registered tackles on the day.   Leading the pack was Tyler Batistig with four tackles followed by Nick Stein with three tackles. Reed Scadden had an interception and took it the distance for an Eagles’ touchdown.

Against Gettysburg the varsity Eagles were given a forfeit to go to 1-1 on the season. In a note from the Quincy game, Dakota Carlin had four tackles.

The mid-varsity dropped a narrow 7-6 decision. The offense totaled 107 yards. Spencer Meyers completed two of five attempts for 23. Sam Calvin had a catch for 13 yards and Brady Klein one for 10 yards.  Rushing was led by Joe Burns with nine carries for 36 yards. Tre Arnsparger was two for 25 yards. Meyers was 6 for 14 yards. The defense was led by Joe Burns with five tackles. Spencer Meyers, Brady Klein, Ty Haldeman and Tanner Bain each had three. Caleb Schaeffer recorded a sack.

The junior varsity Eagles won 7-0 generating just enough yardage against a fierce Warrior defense.  Rushing for the offense was led by DaQuan Rodgers with 40 yards and a touchdown. Carlan Gray followed with 31 yards. Ben Freeman scored the extra point to finish off the weary Warriors.  Cade Marshall had the lone reception for 16 yards. Tony Fugate and Corbin Hopkins had nine tackles apiece and Fugate had a sack for minus three yards. Marshall had seven tackles and Ben Freeman had six tackles with a sack for minus three yards. Nathan Starliper added five tackles and a pair of sacks for a loss of 12 yards.

The Eagles Smurf game featured strong defensive efforts and scoring at a premium. The Eagles initial series ended at the 2 yard line as they ran out of plays. On that drive Adam Murr, Swinehart and Reed Scadden had good gains.  Grant Swinehart scored the lone Eagles touchdown on the next series. The Eagles defense was equally stout as they stopped the Warriors numberous times in the backfield for losses.