Blue Devils pull off stunning win over Chambersburg

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Luke Bitner follows through on the 35-yard field goal that lifted the Blue Devils to a 20-17 win over Chambersburg Friday night on Kaley Field. (Bob Stoler Photos)

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils opened the 2010 varsity football season in a big way Friday night with an exciting 20-17 win over the visiting Chambersburg Trojans. Luke Bitner kicked a 35-yard field goal with two seconds on the clock to lift the Devils to the victory. It was the first meeting between the two schools in the modern history of football.

G-A put the first points on the board when Tyler Szaflarski found the end zone from eight yards out at 8:50 in the first quarter. Bitner tacked on the extra point for the Blue Devils. G-A's defense held and the Trojans had to settle for a field goal at the 1:27 mark in the first quarter to get their first points on the board. Chambersburg scored again on a two-yard touchdown run at 6:01 in the second quarter to put them up by three over the Blue Devils. With :42 left in the half, Bitner kicked a 20-yard field goal to tie the score. Denton Cordell intercepted a Chambersburg pass as time ran out in the first half and the teams went into halftime tied at 0.

Blue Devil quarterback Austin Scott scored the only touchdown of the third quarter on a 14-yard run at the 5:33 mark. Greencastle couldn't take advantage of a fumble recovery by Cody Ezolt with 1:18 left in the third quarter and the teams traded possession a number of times as both defenses stiffened. The Trojans scored on a 24-yard TD run with 2:43 left in the contest to once again tie the score. The Blue Devils put the ball on the ground and Chambersburg recovered the fumble with :57 left to play. Ezolt had a key interception to stop a Chambersburg drive with :18 left to play in the game. Devin Schaeffer took over at quarterback and completed a 16-yard pass to Chad Miller followed by a 20-yard toss to Cordell. The Blue Devils were on the Trojan 18 yard line with :02 showing on the clock. Kicker Bitner took the field and booted a 35-yard field goal to put the Blue Devils on top as the game ended.

G-A had 326 yards offense behind the starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Stephen Ernharth, Kevin Castellar, Eric Metz and Gerado Juarez. Greencastle had a total of 129 yards through the air. Scott threw for 93 yards and Schaeffer had 36. Schaeffer finished the night with 93 yards receiving followed by Cordell with 20 and Miller with 16. Szaflarski led the ground attack with 71 yards and a touchdown. Miller ran for 52 yards, Schaeffer had 38 and Scott added 37.

Defensively, Miller led the team with 11 tackles. Ian Spencer had seven and Cordell had 6. Szaflarski and Ezolt had five apiece while Seth Izer added four. Schaeffer and Aaron Bumbaugh had three tackles each followed by Juarez and Trentin Dixon with two. Rounding out the defensive effort with a tackle each were Scott, Denton Ensminger, Adam Moore and Zachary Mowen. Ezolt and Cordell each had an interception and Ezolt added a fumble recovery.

G-A’s varsity travels to New Oxford Sept. 10 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Junior varsity

The G-A junior varsity squad traveled to Chambersburg Monday to face the Trojans and came away with a 19-0 loss. Chambersburg jumped out earlier taking the ball 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The Devils responded with a long drive, but couldn’t cash in with a field goal attempt. A nice defensive play by Holden Baker breaking up a pass in the end zone foiled the next Trojan drive. In spite of some more good defensive plays, Chambersburg found the end zone once more and the teams went to half time with Chambersburg up 12-0.

G-A put together a nice drive early in the third quarter and found themselves inside the Chambersburg five yard line only to be stopped by a fumble. The Devils had further misfourtune with a mishandled punt that Chambersburg recovered.

The Blue Devils managed 174 yards total offense. Adam Moore led the ground attack with 46 rushing yards. Josh Young had 26 followed by Holden Baker with 13. QB Murray threw for 86 yards. His targets included Baker for 41, Dylan Piper for 19 and Gabe Fridgen for 18.

Josh Horenstein led the defense with seven tackles. Fridgen had six while Moore and Baker added five each.

Ian Spencer (45) eyes the Chambersburg ball carrier. (Bob Stoler Photos)