Undefeated Blue Devils undaunted by Warriors

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The football flies loose for the Warriors with G-A’s Josh Hornestein (54) on the pile. Denton Ensminger (51) aims for the recovery. (Bob Stoler Photos)

What was billed as a football battle for the top of the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division turned out to be not much of a battle after all. It was instead a landslide for the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils, who easily toppled the Gettysburg Warriors on Kaley Field Friday by a 61-13 tally. The victory raised the G-A record to 6-0 and in sole possession of first place in the division at 3-0.

The Blue Devils saw the endzone first when Denver Cordell made his first of six trips there at 8:14 in the first quarter. Gettysburg scored on its first possession of the game and it was 7-6 Warriors as the Devils failed on the extra point. Cordell set things right again with a 97-yard kickoff return. G-A's defense kept up the momentum, causing a  Gettysburg fumble. Blue Devil Ian Spencer recovered on the Warrior 19. The Blue Devils wasted no time as quarterback Devin Schaeffer took it in from six yards out and another score with 3:55 left in the first quarter. Luke Bitner came on and made the first of his seven PATs on the night.

The Warriors fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Josh Horenstein pounced on the ball for G-A. Cordell pounded it into the endzone from six yards out at the 1:46 mark in the first quarter to build a 26-7 lead for the Devils.

After Gettysburg scored on a long pass play to open the second quarter, it was all Devils after that. Cordell made two more visits to the endzone in the second quarter. He completed runs from five yards out and again from 47. Tyler Szaflarski rumbled in from 36 yards out with 1:39 left in the half. The teams went into halftime with G-A up 47-13.

Cordell completed his sixth touchdown of the night on a five yard run at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter. Szaflarski scored the final Blue Devil TD on a two yard run with 5:28 left to play in the third quarter.

G-A had 468 yards rushing. Szaflarski inked 168 yards on 16 carries with two TDs. Denver Cordell carried the ball 15 times for 138 yards and five rushing TDs. He also had a score on a 97 yard kickoff return. Schaeffer finished the night with 78 yards on the ground, followed by Adam Moore with 33.

Spencer had seven tackles and a fumble recovery for the Blue Devils. Josh Pluta had five tackles, while Frank Juarez had four. Seth Izer also had a fumble recovery for the Blue Devils.

G-A makes the short trip Friday to face the James Buchanan Rockets in a divisional contest with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

G-A’s Ian Spencer puts pressure on the Gettysburg quarterback. (Bob Stoler Photos)