Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils clinch Colonial Divisional title; will go for unbeaten season

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Tyler Szaflarski scored twice against Shippensburg.

Facing probably its toughest Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division test of the 2010 football season, the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils not only passed with a 27-9 victory, but came home with the title to boot.

The Greyhounds put up a tough fight early, but the Devils stayed firm and prevailed to improve its unbeaten streak to 9-0 and move to 6-0 in the division. With its Colonial championship already in hand the Devils will put its undefeated season on the line in its final regular season game Friday, Nov. 5 when Big Spring visits Kaley Field. Another win will also up the G-A stock for the post season. The Devils stand second in the District 3-AAA power ratings.

On Friday G-A took the opening kickoff. The first drive of the night took almost eight minutes off the clock and ended with a 1-run yard run into the endzone by Tyler Szaflarski. Luke Bitner was successful with the point after kick.

At the 11 minute mark of the second quarter, Shippensburg picked off a pass by Devin Schaeffer. Schaeffer's tackle on the two yard line prevented the score. The Greyhounds did punch it into the endzone at 10:11 in the quarter for their only touchdown of the contest. Cody Ezolt broke through and blocked the extra point attempt.

Schaeffer ran for 39 yards and an apparent score only to have the run negated by a Blue Devil penalty. Schaeffer regrouped and passed for the touchdown, connecting with Ezolt for 19 yards and the score with three seconds left on the first half clock. The teams left the field for halftime with G-A up 14-9.

The Devils’ next score came on a 27-yard run by Szaflarski with 5:56 left to play in the third quarter. G-A's final score of the evening came from Denton Cordell, who ran into the endzone from 25 yards out. He fumbled as he was trying to get across the plane, but the ball bounced right back into his arms as he crossed the goal line.

The starting offensive line of Nate Hykes, Gerardo Juarez, Eric Metz, Denton Ensminger and Kevin Castellar got it done once again, setting the tone for 254 yards rushing and 66 passing. Szaflarski ran for 87 yards and two scores. Denton Cordell ran for 62 and a score followed closely by Denver Cordell with 60 yards. Schaeffer added 23 yards rushing followed by Chad Miller with 22. Denton Cordell had 47 yards receiving while Ezolt had a 19-yard catch for a score. Schaeffer was 3-for-6 with 66 yards and a TD.

G-A’s defense turned in its usual fine performance. Many of the tackles on the game were swarming tackles with multiple Blue Devils around the ball. Denton Cordell led the defense with nine tackles and an interception in the endzone as time was running out in the game to ensure the Greyhounds score would stay in the single digits. Ensminger, Ian Spencer, Juarez and Trentin Dixon had five tackles apiece. Schaeffer had four and a pick while Denver Cordell and Frank Juarez had 3 each.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity was a mirror of the varsity game, besting the Little Hounds 26-6.

Aaron Bumbaugh scored three times for the Blue Devils. He caught a pass from Grant Murray that went for 21 yards and the score. He ran one in from 40 yards out and he returned a punt 75 yards to the endzone. David Spinder made two PATs for the night. G-A's other score came when Adam Moore punched one in from 10 yards out with 2:14 left to play in the game.

Moore finished the night with 56 yards rushing. Bumbaugh had 47 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving. Josh Young rushed for 26 yards followed by Dylan Piper with 22. Murray passed for 33 yards and a score.

Defense had a big night led by Cameron Chrsitman with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Moore had nine, followed by Ryan Hickey and Zachary Mowen with six apiece. Bumbaugh had a fumble recovery.

Denver Cordell avoids a tackle.