Blue Devils shut out Colonials to go 2-0

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil Patrick Bontrager stops a New Oxford runner to preserve G-A’s shutout Friday.

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils’ big win in a Franklin County football battle to open the season apparently set a good tone for the second game. A trip to Adams County was very productive as the Devils blanked New Oxford 37-0 in non-conference play.

Devin Schaeffer put the first points on the board for G-A at 6:25 in the first quarter with a 10 yard touchdown run. The extra point kick was unsuccessful. Denver Cordell intercepted the Colonial quarterback on a fourth and five play and returned the ball 32 yards. The Devils, however, were unable to pick up any points from this turnover and punted the ball back to New Oxford.

The defense held and forced New Oxford to punt from its own endzone at 8:12 in the second quarter. A roughing the kicker penalty against the Blue Devils gave the ball back to the Colonials with a fresh set of downs. G-A's defense forced another punting situation and the Devils were set to once again drive to the endzone. Schaeffer ran for 32 yards and a score with 4:27 left in the half. Luke Bitner came on and made the PAT.

The Blue Devil offense scored once more before the half when Schaeffer hooked up with a wide open Denver Cordell for a 29 yard TD with the clock showing :29. The teams went into the half with G-A up 20 - 0.

G-A's first score of the second half came at 5:44 in the third quarter when Schaeffer plunged into the endzone from a yard out. Bitner was called upon with 6:00 left in the game to attempt a 33 yard field goal. The ball sailed through the uprights for the score. The Blue Devils final points of the evening came with 2:16 left to play on a Denver Cordell 30 yard TD run.

The Blue Devils had 375 yards of total offense behind the starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Stephen Ernharth, Kevin Castellar, Eric Metz and Gerado Juarez. Schaeffer ran for 166 yards and three scores. Tyler Szaflarski had 102 yards rushing. Denver Cordell added 33 yards on the ground followed by Austin Scott with 22 and Chad Miller with 21. Denver Cordell had 29 receiving yards and a TD.

Ian Spencer had nine tackles for the Blue Devil defenders followed by Gerado Juarez with eight. Schaeffer had five tackles while Joshua Pluta, Seth Izer and Cody Ezolt had four apiece. Szaflarski had three tackles. Denver Cordell and Denton Cordell each had an interception on the evening.

G-A travels to Susquehanna Township Friday, Sept. 17 for a 7 p.m. kickoff with the Indians.

Junior varsity

The G-AHS junior varsity squad pulled off a near repeat of the varsity performance, coming away with a 41-0 shutout of the Little Colonials.

G-A's first points of the game came on a reverse to Holden Baker that went for 41 yards and the score. Josh Young added the first of his five PATs for the night. While the Devil defense held all night, the offense had plenty of opportunity. G-A's next trip to the endzone came on a three yard toss from quarterback Grant Murray to Dylan Piper at 8:19 in the second quarter. Murray scored Greencastle's final points of the half with a one yard plunge at the 2:15 mark.

Murray hooked up with Gabe Fridgen for a 30 yard TD pass at 4:47 in the third quarter. On New Oxford's possession after the kick-off, Isaac Lauffer stripped the Colonial ball carrier and G-A took over at the 37 yard line of New Oxford. Cameron Christman was the final Blue Devil to get into the end zone. He ran it in from 12 yards out with 9:55 left to play in the game.

G-A had 328 yards of offense, 236 yards of it rushing. Kareem Aiken and Christman each had 49 yards on the ground. Christman added two rushing TDs. Baker ran for 43 yards and a score. Young rushed for 40 yards followed by Adam Moore with 30 and Piper with 19.

Quarterback Murray completed six passes for 92 yards and threw two TD passes. Fridgen had 30 yards receiving and a score and Piper caught the other TD. Hunter Szaflarski and Taylor Blattenberger each had 27 yards receiving.

Fridgen led the defense with six tackles. Walker Kinsey and Josh Horenstein each had five. Christman, Hickey and Aaron Tresler had four tackles apiece. Contributing three tackles each were Nick Potter, Moore and Young. Fridgen added an interception, Lauffer had a takeaway with a strip and Murray and Hickey each recovered a New Oxford fumble.

Austin Scott looks to throw and Devin Schaeffer (25) is prepared to block during G-A’s 37-0 win over New Oxford.