Devils dump Waynesboro, clinch district berth

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-A’s Denton Ensminger stretches for a touchdown pass against Waynesboro. (Bob Stoler Photos)

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil football team used a lopsided win over a rival to break out of its only losing streak of the season and in the process punched its ticket into the District 3-AAA Championships. The Devils blanked Waynesboro 34-0 Friday to improve to 7-2 on the season and near clinching a home date for the opening round of districts on Nov. 13.

Coming off two straight losses it took the Blue Devils a bit of Friday’s game to awaken, but once they did it was all G-A. With 4:27 left in the first half at Indian Stadium there was a scoreless stalemate. When the teams went into the locker room the Devils held a 21-0 lead that just grew in the second half.

A knee touch by the Waynesboro punter on a poor snap set the Devils up for the three-score run. A 39-yard drive was completed on a diving catch by Denton Ensminger from Brett Meyers from 14 yards out. After G-A got on the board it opened the floodgates. The defense kept its shutout going and the Devils produced another drive that Devin Schaeffer completed with a five-yard run.

A fluke led to the third straight score when a kickoff went off the back of a Waynesboro player and was recovered by G-A’s Zach Wolf. Two plays later Meyers found Denver Cordell for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

The Devils essentially put the game away by scoring on its opening drive of the second half and keeping up the same defensive posture to the final whistle. Brandon Trefelner ran in from 15 yards out for the third-quarter score and a fourth-quarter touchdown was Schaeffer’s second of the night, this time a 17-yard run. Nathan Pool converted four of the five kicks for a 34-0 final.

G-A ended up with 438 offensive yards, 255 on the ground and 183 through the air. Meyers was 10-for-13 for all 183 yards and six targets. Ensminger had two catches for 56 yards. Chad Miller had another two for 51 yards. On the ground, Schaeffer broke through the 100 yard barrier with 102 on 21 totes. Eight more Devils had rushes.

The Blue Devils (7-2) have no opponent in the 10th week of the season and will await its Nov. 13 playoff opponent to happen likely on Kaley Field. In the District 3-AAA power ratings, G-A is seventh for the 16-team bracket with 107.78. Manheim Central is first (151.11), followed by West York (141.11), Susquehanna Township (130.00), Conrad Weiser (116.67), Hershey (112.22) and Northern York (110.00). Also qualifying in Class AAA are Cocalico (105.56), Elco (100.00), Daniel Boone (100.00) and Conestoga Valley (96.67).