Unbeaten Blue Devils rout rival Waynesboro

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The Blue Devil defense pitched a shutout against Waynesboro. This was a typical scene Friday night.

Showing a big play scoring attack and a stingy defense, the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils made the short trip to Waynesboro and made short work of the rival Indians Friday with a 44-0 rout. The victory improved the unbeaten Devils record to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division.

After much of the first quarter was a bit sluggish, Blue Devil kicker Luke Bitner put the first points on the board when he nailed a 27-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to play in the first quarter. G-A seemed to find its rhythm after that play and they never looked back.

Tyler Szaflarski returned an Indian interception 71 yards for a touchdown at the 7:58 mark of the second. Denton Cordell saw the end zone next for G-A when he returned a punt 79 yards for the score with 2:56 left to play in the half. Up until the final seconds of the first half, the Devil defense and special teams put the points on the board. With six seconds to play in the half, Devin Schaeffer connected with Austin Scott for 56 yards and the score. G-A led at the half 24-0.

Halfway through the third quarter, Szaflarski broke free and ran 56 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown. He followed that up three minutes later by grabbing a pass from Schaeffer for 19 yards and a score. G-A's final TD of the game came with 7:43 left to play. Waynesboro had managed to push G-A back from its line of scrimmage. Schaeffer hooked up with a wide open Denver Cordell for 43 yards and the score.

Szaflarski led G-A's offensive attack with 140 yards rushing, 19 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He scored on an interception, a run from scrimmage and a pass reception. Schaeffer passed for 130 yards and three TDs and ran for 27 yards. Scott had 56 yards receiving followed by Denver Cordell's 43 yards.

Defense was led by Cody Ezolt with eight tackles. Ian Spencer had seven tackles for the Devils, followed by Szaflarski's six. Denton Ensminger and Denton Cordell had five tackles each. Josh Horenstein and Nick Potter recorded four tackles apiece while Scott and Schaeffer had three. Szaflarski and Denton Cordell each had an interception and Dixon pounced on an Indian fumble.

G-A will be back in action at home Friday, Oct. 8, hosting Gettysburg in another Colonial Division matchup. Kickoff at Kaley field is set for 7:30 p.m.

Junior varsity

The Blue Devil jayvees (4-1) did similar damage in its date with Waynesboro, producing a 47-6 victory.

G-A's first score came at 9:16 in the first quarter when Josh Young broke loose for a 74 yard touchdown run. Aaron Bumbaugh next got into the act, scoring on a pass from Grant Murray that went for 27 yards. Adam Moore made the two-point conversion. The Indians scored in the second quarter, but were unable to make the point after and the teams went to halftime with Greencastle up 14-6.

Bumbaugh lit up the third quarter for the Blue Devils by scoring three times, all on pass plays of 59, three and 85 yards. Cameron Christman ran into the endzone from five yards out with :06 showing on the clock for the third quarter. Kareem Aiken scored GA's final touchdown when he ran the ball into the endzone from the eight yard line. David Spinder converted on three point after attempts.

G-A finished the night with 455 yards of total offense. The ground attack was led by Young with 74 yards followed by Dylan Piper with 45. Aiken ran for 41 yards while Christman had 26. Quarterback Murray was 9-for-12 with 247 yards and four passing touchdowns. Bumbaugh had 203 yards receiving.

Christman and Zach Mowen led GA's defense with six tackles each. Tyler Mills had five and Gabe Fridgen and Stephen Ernharth had four apiece. Christman and Bumbaugh each had an interception while Mowen and Kinsey each had a fumble recovery.

Senior Corey Meyers dribbles for the Blue Devils. (Bob Stoler Photos)