Blue Devils enjoy sweet Hershey treat

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Cody Ezolt (89) and Gerardo Juarez go after the Hershey quarterback. (Bob Stoler Photos)

The atmosphere was charged and special for the Greencastle-Antrim football team Friday night as they took on unbeaten Hershey High School at Hersheypark Stadium, a non-divisional Mid-Penn Conference game. And the Blue Devils made the most of the opportunity, clubbing the Trojans 29-6. It was the first road game for the Devils and it was more than a chocolatey sweet result as they more than proved their mettle and moved to 4-0 on the season.

Defense came up big in this one at many points along the way including forcing five turnovers and scoring a safety. In turn the effort helped to make the way clear for its potent offense that rolled to nearly 300 yards and counted on its solid kicking game en route to the win.

G-A (4--0, 1-0 MPC-Capital) went on the march on its opening possession, going 12 plays and scoring with a 36-yard field goal from Christian Hoover. The defense was more than ready to do its part too. Trent Dixon intercepted late in the first quarter and had clear sailing to the end zone for the score.

It stayed 10-0 until the third quarter, despite the best tries by the Hershey offense. The Devil defense was in the way. The Trojans drove to the G-A 20 with just a half minute left in the first half. A field goal attempt was quickly squelched by a revved up Todd DeWalt, who blocked the try to preserve the halftime shutout.

The Devils just kept taking away Hershey’s tries at coming back in the second half. DeWalt picked off a pass and Cody Ezolt recovered a fumble to finally take the wind out of Hershey’s sails. G-A also turned the miscue into points as Tyler Szaflarski ran in from eight yards out. The defense iced it on the Trojan’s next attempted drive. Broc Shives had a pair of sacks in the drive, the second of which went for a safety for a 20-0 G-A lead.

G-A put an exclamation point on the effort with Szaflarski scoring again from nine yards out and Hoover going up for a second field goal on the night, a 25-yarder. A late Hershey touchdown was inconsequential.

Szaflarski ended up with 89 yards rushing on 16 totes. Devin Schaeffer added 69 on 13 carries. Dixon ended up with a pair of picks and Brandon Trefelner also had one.

The Devils stay on the road Friday with a Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division matchup with Big Spring in Newville with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Trentin Dixon, who had two interceptions against Hershey, works against a blocker.