Blue Devils find tough going against Northern

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Above, Devin Schaeffer tries to make yardage for the Devils in tough conditions. (Bob Stoler Photos)

It certainly wasn’t the best five days the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil football team has had in 2009. On Friday the Devils dropped their second game in the past five days after starting the season at 6-0. In the process of Friday’s 21-0 loss to Northern York, G-A also saw the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division title fade and its district playoff position shaken.

With six fumbles, four of them going for turnovers, the Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1 MPC-Capital) had more to worry about than the rain and muddy conditions at the Northern stadium. The Polar Bears (7-1, 3-0 MPC-Capital) were all too willing to take advantage of the Devil miscues. The first two G-A fumbles both set up touchdowns by the Bears. The third Northern score was set up when G-A’s punt execution failed, setting the Bears up at the Devil five.

Total offense was not stellar for either team, but the turnovers were key. While Northern tried to make the Devils throw, the weather didn’t allow that. In the end, G-A rushed for just 86 yards on 40 carries. Devin Schaeffer had 54 of those yards and Tyler Szaflarski 50.

G-A will look to turn its fortunes around during a short trip to Waynesboro Friday for a non-divisional game. The Indians have won two straight after losing their first six of the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Tyler Szaflarski leaves a wet, muddy field Friday in Dillsburg. (Bob Stoler Photos)