Blue Devils tame Bulldogs to go 5-0

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Richard Pfannebecker runs for yardage for the Blue Devils Friday night. (Bob Stoler Photos)

NEWVILLE — A balanced attack on both sides of the ball carried the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil football team to its fifth win in as many games — a 35-0 shutout of divisional foe Big Spring.

The win, buoyed by a potent running game and a defense that held the Bulldogs to under 100 yards, moved the Devils to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division.

This was the second shutout of the season for the G-A defense, that limited Big Spring to just four first downs. The Bulldogs didn’t throw a pass and the running game went for just over three yards a carry. Broc Shives and Denton Ensminger each recovered a fumble. Todd DeWalt had a sack. Big Spring had just 13 offensive yards in the second half of the contest.

Conversely the Blue Devils used its rushing riches well on a damp night to the tune of 332 yards on the ground. Devin Schaeffer scored the first two touchdowns of the evening, from one and three yards out, en route to a 131-yard night on the ground. Schaeffer had 20 carries. Brandon Trefelner, Tyler Szaflarski and Richard Pfannebecker added touchdowns on short runs. Szaflarski gained 87 yards on 13 carries, Pfannebecker 61 yards on nine totes and Jake Statler had 48 yards on five carries.

Christian Hoover converted all five extra point kicks.

Brett Meyers was 4-for-7 in the throwing department for 29 yards. Chad Miller caught two passes for 11 yards. Brandon Trefelner had a catch for 10 yards and Statler had one for eight.

In last week’s Pennsylvania scholastic football rankings the Blue Devils gained an honorable mention.

G-A entertains Red Land Friday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

G-A senior Chris Kinzey goes up high for a pass against Big Spring. (Bob Stoler Photos)