G-A uses Homecoming to defeat JB, top standings

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Senior Zach Mowen goes up with the James Buchanan quarterback trying to bat down the pass.

The pomp and pageantry of Homecoming was a perfect complement to a rout on the football field Friday for Greencastle-Antrim students and fans. Most importantly it kept the Blue Devils’ divisional record unblemished.

The celebration was a perfect backdrop for a 55-6 romp by the Blue Devils over no less than a neighboring rival. James Buchanan only mustered points when it was very much said and done. Denver Cordell spearheaded an offense that amassed 499 yards with 207 of those from his 18 rushes. Stephen Ernharth and Frank Juarez led a defense that limited the Rockets to just 80 yards offense on the night. JB didn’t earn a first down that didn’t come by penalty until the fourth quarter.

It was a great night to be a Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil.

The Devils made the crowd wait until midway through the first quarter to see the lights rise above zero on the scoreboard that was sporting a new sign signifying the “Home of the Blue Devils” and F&M Trust, who recently purchased the naming rights for the board in support of the stadium improvement project.

Once Cordell weaved and raced 40 yards for the opening score, the flood gates were unlatched. In a seven minute span Tyler Szaflarski scored three consecutive touchdowns. Cordell caught a 19 yard pass from Grant Murray for his second score of the night to make it a 34-0 tally at the half. Murray secured a TD of his own late in the third with a 45 yard run. Ashtin Byers recorded touchdown number eight for the Devils.

There were some clinks in the Devil armor as the home team committed eight penalties and fumbled three times. G-A recovered two of the miscues and capitalized on four fumbles by the Rockets. Matt Montedoro, Denton Cordell, Josh Horenstein and Juarez each had recoveries.

Szaflarski ran for 86 yards and three scores. Murray was 3-for-4 with a TD in the passing department while Austin Scott was sidelined with injury. Ernharth produced four tackles while the Devils got three each from Gabe Fridgen, Szaflarski, Ian Spencer and Juarez.

The Blue Devils are now 4-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division and are alone in first place after Shippensburg (3-1 MPC-Colonial, 6-1 overall) fell to Northern (3-1 MPC-Colonial, 4-3 overall) 20-14 Friday. That makes this week even more interesting as Northern is the next G-A opponent. The kickoff in Dillsburg Friday is at 7 p.m.

The G-A junior varsity nearly repeated the contest with a 42-6 victory. Josh Young and Kareem Aiken each scored two touchdowns. Young has a 60 yard punt return and a 30 yard run, both for TDs. Aiken scored on runs of 42 and eight yards while accumulating 138 yards on 12 carries on the game. He also ran in a pair of conversions. Young also threw for a touchdown on the halfback option, a 23 yard TD strike to Ryan Ricci. Cameron Chilcote caught a 12 yard pass from Matt Montedoro for a score. Chilcote also caught a pass for a two-point conversion. Defensively, Ricci and Nolan Carbaugh had five tackles each. Kyle George, Chilcote and Holden Baker each recorded four tackles.