Devils land Rockets, improve to 7-0

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
This Rocket finds nowhere to run with Devin Schaeffer and Gerardo Juarez around (Bob Stoler Photos).

Rivalry or no rivalry, the James Buchanan Rockets proved to be no match for the unbeaten Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils Friday in a Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division football contest.

The Devils took to Route 16 and dominated the Rockets, 74-6, much like they have to all their divisional opponents in 2010. G-A has outscored its Colonial foes 234-26 and at Rocket Stadium found the endzone on each possession.

Denver Cordell scored G-A's first points when he ran the ball into the endzone from six yards out at 9:52 in the first quarter. Luke Bitner came on and made the first of his seven extra point kicks for the night. Denton Cordell scored from 20 yards out a little over two minutes later for the Blue Devils. With five and a half minutes left in the first quarter, Tyler Szaflarski punched one in from the four yard line. G-A scored its fourth touchdown of the first quarter when quarterback  Devin Schaeffer connected with Denton Cordell for a 30-yard completion.

Schaeffer guided the Blue Devils toward the endzone in the second quarter and went in for the score from the eight at the 7:59 mark. The Blue Devils were driving toward the endzone once again with just over five minutes left in the first half. With just three yards to paydirt again, the ball carrier fumbled. But when things are going your way it often just keeps that way. Denver Cordell recovered the ball in the endzone for his second score of the contest. With 4:38 left on the clock, Denver Cordell scored again on a 5-yard run. G-A’s final TD of the first half was punched in by Denton Cordell with 52 seconds left sending the teams to halftime with the Devils up 54-0.

G-A's junior varsity squad took over for most of the second half. Josh Young scored from 50 yards out with 7:59 on the clock in the third quarter. Quarterback Grant Murray scored on a 3-yard run with just one second left in the third. Ben Harp came on and kicked the extra point. JB scored its only touchdown of the night early in the fourth quarter. They went for the two-point conversion, but the pass was caught by G-A's Holden Baker and that was the end of the Rocket scoring for the night. G-A's final touchdown came on the ensuing kickoff by JB. Denver Cordell picked up the ball at his own one yard line and ran straight up the middle for a 99-yard score.

Eleven different players carried the ball for G-A that amassed an incredible 495 yards on the ground. Szaflarski ran for 85 yards and a TD. Denver Cordell had 91 yards and three scores. Denton Cordell ran for 73 yards and two TDs. Schaeffer added 61 yards and a score. Josh Young broke the 100 yard mark with 127 yards on six carries and a score. Grant Murray ran for three yards and a score. Denton Cordell had a 30 yard reception for a score.

The Blue Devil defense created some turnovers that the offense took advantage of. Denton Cordell had two interceptions while Austin Scott had one. Ian Spencer had six tackles and Cody Ezolt had four for GA. Denton Ensminger, Gabe Fridgen, Schaeffer and Tyler Szaflarski had three tackles apiece.

G-A returns home to Kaley Field Friday, Oct. 22 to host the Northern Polar Bears. The night will be a “pink out” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Devils was currently ranked second in the District 3-AAA football power ratings with .827109. Lampeter Strasburg (7-0) is at the top with a reating of .840279. Conrad Weiser (6-1) is third at .767366.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity Blue Devils pitched a 35-0 shutout of JB on Kaley Field Monday.

Cameron Christman was the first Blue Devil in the endzone when he ran in from a yard out at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter. David Spinder, who was a perfect 5-for-5, came on and converted on the point after attempt. Adam Moore scored to start the second quarter, breaking the plane of the endzone from the 5 yard line. Quarterback Grant Murray plunged in from the one with 3:42 left in the first half for a 21-0 Devil lead.

G-A’s longest scoring run of the night came at 6:27 in the third when Josh Young scored from the 20 yard line. Murray put the Devils’ final points on the board at 5:27 in the third with a 1-yard run.

Young finished the night with 73 yards rushing and a touchdown. Adam Moore ran for 66 yards and a score. Aaron Bumbaugh had 62 yards rushing followed by Kareem Aiken with 59 and Dylan Piper with 38. Murray rushed for 15 yards and two TDs while Christman had seven rushing yards and a score.

Ryan Hickey led G-A's stingy defense with five tackles. Zachary Mowen had four. Nick Potter added an interception while Baker, Gabe Fridgen, Potter, Christman and Bumbaugh all batted down Rocket passes.

In the prior week’s action the Devils defeated Gettysburg 36-23.

Denver Cordell runs past the Rockets Friday night. (Bob Stoler Photos).