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Devil duo romps in Greencastle win

October 10, 1998|By DAN SPEARS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim High School band was all decked out in camouflage for its halftime performance Friday night.

Somebody obviously told them what was going to happen before and after they played.

Blue Devils running backs Walt Medina and Mike Jemison combined for over 400 yards rushing and six touchdowns as No. 5 Greencastle used a punishing ground attack to flatten Hershey, 49-13.

"You've gotta give credit to our offensive lne," Greencastle head coach Chuck Tinninis said. "When our backs have room, they'll run. ...

"We had a starter out, and then on the first series, (Pat) Jansen goes out," Tinninis said. "Our backups came in and did the job."

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They did the job for Medina in the first half, when the speedy running back picked up 193 of his 240 yards and all three of his touchdowns for the Blue Devils (5-1).

"It was a little weird at first," Medina said of running behind the reserve linemen. "But they stepped in and took over. They really pushed it up."

In the second half, it was Jemison who took over. He scored on a 50-yard TD run on the fifth play of the third quarter for a 36-13 lead, then ran for 23 yards three plays later, after Greg Shank picked off Hershey's do-everything quarterback, Jared Hostetler.

"Having our backs makes your jobs a lot easier," Greencastle lineman Matt Cordell said. "You open up the holes, they're gonna get it done."

They got it done over long stretches as well. The Blue Devils put together scoring drives of six, six, eight and 13 plays in the first half to make already injury-depleted Hershey defense tire out.

"They had to play some young kids on defense tonight, and we were picking everything up," Tinninis said. "We just felt we had to score a lot tonight because of their quarterback's presence."

But Hostetler's presence for Hershey (2-4) was kept to a minimum. Hostetler was responsible for the yards on all but two of the Trojans' first-half offensive plays - and they were both option pitches. But his playmaking skills were shown off rarely, because the Blue Devil defensive line forced him to run for his life.

"We knew we had to get pressure on him," Cordell said. "You're putting a lot of pressure on the (defensive backs) if you don't. And with time, he's gonna get it done."

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