Daniel Boone ends Devil football season

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil Chad Miller pulls down a Daniel Boone ball carrier.

It didn’t take long Friday on Kaley Field to see that this wasn’t going to be the Blue Devils’ night as the high school football season came to an end for Greencastle-Antrim in a 35-7 loss to Daniel Boone in the first round of the District 3-AAA playoffs.

The Devils played the Blazers to a 7-7 second half, but with a fumble and a key special team play Daniel Boone had owned the first half and was comfortable at the break with a 28-0 lead. Despite a rather even offensive output it was the Blazers who had it going at the right times and advanced to the district quarterfinal round.

This was the fourth straight year G-A had qualified for districts and last year had made it to the quarters. The 2009 season now closes with a 7-3 record. G-A lost three of its last four games following a 6-0 start.

Daniel Boone scored on its first drive, however G-A got some satisfaction when Broc Shives blocked the extra point kick attempt. The Blazers quickly regained the momentum when a blocked field goal attempt was returned for a touchdown. A two-point conversion put Boone up 14-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The ball continued to roll the Blazers’ way. A Devil fumble led to another Daniel Boone touchdown. On its ensuing possession G-A sputtered a bit and a sack produced good field position for the Blazers who scored with less than two minutes on the clock.

Halftime did nothing to cool off the Blazers, who scored early in the third quarter. G-A did wipe off a shutout when Tyler Szaflarski ran 50 yards for a touchdown. The sophomore ended up with a season-high 98 yards on 11 carries to lead the Devils.

Offensively, G-A only trailed Boone 299 to 258. Devin Schaeffer added 64 yards on 13 totes. Brett Meyers was 6-for-19 passing for 90 yards. Brandon Trefelner and Denton Ensminger each caught passes for 30 yards. Trefelner snagged an interception on defense.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity football squad fell 34-28 to Boiling Springs in its final game of the season.

G-A took control of the first half, scoring three times to one for the Bubblers. Aaron Bumbaugh ran 29 yards for a touchdown, Grant Murray hit Bumbaugh for a 68-yard pass that went for a score with 1:29 left in the half. Denver Cordell converted on the two-point attempt. A Boiling Springs snap on a punt attempt sailed over the punter's head and G-A got the ball on the Bubbler 12 yard line. Justin Root wasted no time in connecting with Denton Cordell for 12 yards and the score with 18 seconds left in the half. The Devils blocked the kick after the Bubbler score to put it 20-6 at the half.

The Bubblers turned the tables in the third quarter, scoring 16 points in the span. A Bubbler touchdown early in the fourth made the score 28-20. G-A scored its final touchdown of the game on a one-yard dive into the end zone by Root. Denver Cordell punched in the two-point conversion and the game was tied at 28 with 3:24 left to play. With 7.7 seconds left on the clock the Bubblers completed a TD pass in the corner of the endzone for the win.

G-A generated 277 yards of total offense behind the starting line of Nate Hykes, Seth Izer, Joshua Horenstein, Tyler Mills and Zachary Mowen. Bumbaugh had 94 yards rushing and 107 yards receiving. Denton Cordell had 34 yards receiving. Denver Cordell ran for 14 yards and had 12 yards receiving. Root passed for 78 yards. Murray finished the night with 75 yards through the air.

Ian Spencer had 12 tackles to lead the defense. Nick Potter added seven, followed by Denver Cordell with five. Cameron Christman, Joshua Pluta and Mowen had four tackles apiece. Jordan Koons had three. Potter, Dylan Piper, Spencer, Mills and Mowen all broke up Bubbler passes.

Quarterback Brett Meyers let go a pass under the pressure of a Daniel Boone defender. (Bob Stoler Photos)