Township takes gridiron toll on Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Greencastle-Antrim found itself playing lots of defense Friday against Susquehanna Township. Austin Scott has the Indian in his grasp while, from left, Ian Spencer, Denton Cordell and Denver Cordell, are there to help. (Bob Stoler Photos)

Greencastle-Antrim held its own for two quarters before Susquehanna Township burst through and pulled away for a 49-24 Mid-Penn Conference non-divisional football matchup Friday.

For a half it looked as if this one would go down to the wire. Without a holding call, the Blue Devils (1-2) would have tied it at 21 at the break. Instead the Indians (3-0) went on a 28-10 run in the second half to pull away for the win.

In the first half the Devil defense did all it could to contain a potent Township offense to three scores. Denton Cordell celebrated his first action of the season in the half pulling in two passes from Austin Scott that went for touchdowns of 25 and 47 yards. Denton, who had missed the first two games of the season with seizures, appeared to have another score before the half. He went 60 yards with a pass to the endzone, but a holding penalty nullified it.

The Indians came out of the locker room ready to dish out more of the same. The effort took its toll on the G-A defense. Township scored two TDs in each quarter of the half to pull away. It left little room for the Devil offense that managed just a field goal from the foot of Luke Bitner in the third for 26 yards. Tyler Szaflarski broke through in the final minute of the game for a 47-yard touchdown run to nurse the G-A total.

Szaflarski ended up with a solid 133 yards rushing on 16 carries. Denver Cordell added 55 yards on the ground. Scott threw from 117 yards and two scores. Denton Cordell pulled in two passes for 64 yards.

G-A wasn't far off the Indians in total offense, trailing 395 to 320.

Denton Cordell shined in his return to defense as well with eight tackles, before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Ian Spencer had seven hits, while Gabe Fridgen and Josh Horenstein added five each.

The Blue Devil gridiron focus now turns to the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division with a trip to West Perry.

The G-A junior varsity football team fell 19-6 to Susquehanna Township.