Blue Devils close door on Polar Bears; improve to 8-0
The Greencastle-Antrim football program is not accustomed to having an easy time with Northern York. Friday night’s quick start made it look that way as the Blue Devils blanked the Polar Bears 43-0 on Kaley Field.
Not only was the win an important piece of the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division slate for the first-place Devils, it improved the team to 8-0 on the season.
G-A jumped out with 22 first-quarter points to make an early statement to the visitors. The Devils did it with both offense and defense.
Luke Bitner put the first points on the board for the hosts when he booted a 31-yard field goal at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter. The Blue Devil defense scored less than two minutes later when Denton Cordell intercepted a Northern pass and streaked 57 yards to the endzone. Quarterback Devin Schaeffer scored next for the Blue Devils when he ran one in from 38 yards out with 3:22 left in the first quarter. With 2:16 left in the first, Schaeffer made the second pick of Northern's QB and returned it 33 yards for the score. G-A's final score of the first half came when Schaeffer connected with Denton Cordell for a 59-yard touchdown pass. The teams went into halftime with G-A up, 29 - 0.
The Polar Bear defense stiffened in the third quarter and kept the Blue Devils out of the endzone. G-A's persistence paid off in the fourth when Tyler Szaflarski punched it in from 8 yards out with 9:57 left to play in the game. G-A's final score was a 10-yard run by Denver Cordell with less than a minute to play in the game.
The offensive line of Nate Hykes, Gerardo Juarez, Eric Metz, Denton Ensminger and Kevin Castellar provided the protection necessary for the G-A offense to gain 307 total yards from scrimmage. Denver Cordell carried the ball 16 times for 135 yards and a TD. Szaflarski rushed for 46 yards and a score followed by Schaeffer with 35 yards and a score. Denton Cordell added 28 yards rushing. Schaeffer passed for 64 yards and a TD. Denton Cordell had 59 yards receiving. Luke Bitner made the opening field goal and kicked four extra points.
Schaeffer and Ian Spencer each had eight tackles for the Blue Devils. Ensminger had six tackles followed by Szaflarski and Gerardo Juarez with five apiece. Cody Ezolt recovered a Northern fumble and Denton Cordell and Schaeffer returned interceptions for touchdowns.
The Devils will travel to Shippensburg Friday to take on the once-beaten Greyhounds, who sport a 4-1 Colonial mark. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
G-A remains second in the District 3-AAA football power ratings with .830822. Lampeter-Strasburg is also 8-0 and is on top of the ratings with .847474. Conrad Weiser (7-1) is third with .776119.
The junior varsity pulled away in the fourth quarter to bypass Northern in Dillsburg 40-24.
G-A led 20-18 at the half on scores from Joshua Young (18-yard run), Aaron Bumbaugh (38-yard pass play from quarterback Grant Murray) and Gabe Fridgen (53-yard pass from halfback Joshua Young) and an extra point from David Spinder. Murray connected with Bumbaugh to start the second half and he took it 54 yards for the score.
The Polar Bears threatened, but interceptions by Bumbaugh and Fridgen not only took that away, but led to a pair of Blue Devil scores by Bumbaugh (51-yard pass from Murray) and Adam Moore (3-yard run). Young ran in a two-poiont conversion.
The Blue Devils finished the night with 417 yards of offense, 242 of those through the air. Murray threw for 189 yards and three scores. Bumbaugh had 143 yards receiving, 23 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Fridgen had 53 yards receiving and a score. Moore rushed for 58 yards and a score. Young ran for 42 yards and a touchdown.
G-A's defense was led by Joshua Horenstein with seven tackles. Zachary Mowen had six and Fridgen added five.