South drops opener to Greencastle

September 08, 2000

South drops opener to Greencastle

By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Yes, Mike Jemison has an awful lot of talent. His third touchdown during Friday night's 28-6 victory over South Hagerstown - one where he leaped over a helpless Brian Haupt into the end zone - proved that.

For all that talent, though, he got outshone by his offensive line this time around.

"It's not just (Jemison). They've got a tremendous offensive line," Kellick said. "They tried some misdirection stuff last week, but ended up just pounding (Indian Valley in a 35-6 win) up the middle.

"Our kids had to see it live to understand it."

The front five for the Blue Devils (2-0) dominated the Rebels in their season opener, leaving gaping holes all over the place for Jemison to run through. The University of Pittsburgh recruit responded with 250 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, numbers he knew were a direct result of the people in front of him.


"The line just got it done so much better this time than last week," Jemison said. "They completed dominated them up there tonight."

"We wanted to drive as hard as we could and wear them out," right guard Tim Gross said. "We knew if we won that battle, we'd win the game."

As it turned out, Gross was correct, but the Rebels did not leave Kaley Field quietly. Greencastle had the ball for 10 minutes in the first quarter and South dropped four potential interceptions in the game - and still only trailed 21-6 with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter when Mike Lee ran over two tacklers and the referee for a 9-yard touchdown.

"I don't know why we were sluggish there, but when they scored, we realized we had to drive back," Gross said. "We did, and we did a good job."

Greencastle responded with a 12-play, 74-yard drive over the next 5 1/2 mintues. Jemison again had the key play, a 28-yard run to the 4-yard line to end the third quarter, and the Devils capped it with a Joe Windle 1-yard keeper to close the scoring.

"When we gave them the momentum, (South quarterback Domonique Richmond) made some plays for them and showed a lot of guts," Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis said. "But we were driving then, and when they scored, I think that fired us up."

While the Devils walked into their locker room with a win and the Rebels returned to their buses with a 19-game losing streak, Kellick may have been just as optimistic with things as Tinninis.

"I said before if we kept it close, I'd be happy," Kellick said. "You always make your most improvement between week one and week two. I think Greencastle made theirs tonight. We'll make ours next week."

Greencastle 28, South 6

S. Hagerstown0060-6


G-Mike Jemison 8 run (Justin Nowell kick)

G-Jemison 48 run (Nowell kick)

G-Jemsion 12 run (Nowell kick)

S-Mike Lee 9 run (kick failed)

G-Joe Windle 1 run (Nowell kick)


First Downs919


Passing Yards285


Total Plays-Yards51-11965-385




Records: South 0-1, Greencastle 2-0.

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