Blue Devils deliver solidly over Polar Bears on football field

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Bob Stoler shot this photo of Blue Devil Gabe Fridgen as he eluded a tackle and took a pass into the endzone for a score in G-A’s 42-7 win over Northern.

If anyone had any thoughts that the Northern Polar Bears might be a challenge to the position of Greencastle-Antrim in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division, the Blue Devils quieted that notion quickly Friday night in Dillsburg.

G-A traveled to Northern’s field for the showdown, ran to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and left with a 42-7 victory to stay unbeaten at 5-0 in the division. The Blue Devils were on a roll both offensively and defensively from the opening kick. A pair of first quarter fumbles by Northern on kick returns were turned into points by the Devils. Denton Cordell returned to the backfield scoring the first two touchdowns within a minute of each other, one on a 21 yard pass from Grant Murray and another with a five yard run. The senior added a third score in the first stanza as Murray again targeted him with a 43 yard pass.

Twin brother Denver got into the scoring act in the second quarter, taking the ball with a one yard plunge to the endzone. Junior Gabe Fridgen broke up the Cordell scoring line with a 44 yard pass reception for a score. The pass, however, came from halfback Denver Cordell. Denver added the final G-A score in the third quarter with a 55 yard fumble return.

Tyler Szaflarksi led the Blue Devil rushing with 68 yards on just four carries despite leaving the game in the first half. G-A amassed 313 yards of offense on the night.

In all the Polar Bears were forced into five turnovers. Joylan Walker recovery a pair, Denver Cordell returned his for a TD and Ian Spencer had the other fumble recovery. Denton Cordell added an interception in the third quarter. The Devil defense limited Northern to just 151 yards of offense. Cameron Christman was called on at linebacker for the injured Szaflarski and came through with flying colors. He delivered eight tackles to lead the way. Joshua Horenstein added six hits and Denton Cordell had five.

Denver Cordell eludes a Polar Bear tackler. (Bob Stoler Photos)