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Waynesboro snaps 12-game losing streak-Friday night football

September 23, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For the first time this season, Waynesboro football fans had reason to stay until the end of the game Friday night.

When David Green intercepted a Shippensburg pass near midfield as time expired in the fourth quarter, they also had reason to celebrate for the first time since last season.

Waynesboro - outscored 158-6 in its 0-3 start this year - snapped its 12-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the visiting Greyhounds in the teams' Mid-Penn Colonial Division opener.

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"Got the monkey off the back, baby, got the monkey off the back," said Indians head coach Dave Mahaffey. "That was a game that if everyone didn't walk away thinking they saw a good football game, they're crazy."

"Usually, everyone leaves by halftime."

However, some Waynesboro fans probably thought about making another early exit when Shippnesburg's Terrell Kater ran 71 yards for a touchdown on the Greyhounds' very first play from scrimmage.

"They scored and we just felt like, 'Here we go again,'" said Indians running back David Malinosky. "We kind of sunk a little bit, but we got better and were able to fight back."

From there, Waynesboro's defense put the clamps on, allowing Ship just 77 more yards of total offense.

And the Indians' offense finally found its groove early in the second quarter - in the tune of a spectacular 59-yard TD pass up the middle from Cody Aughinbaugh to Malinosky. Malinosky caught the ball after it deflected off the arms of a Greyhounds defender near the Ship 40 and then outraced him to the end zone.

"I just broke up the post, turned around, he deflected it, and it popped right there," said Malinosky. "I never ran that fast in my life.

"Cody threw a great ball. He threw a lot of great balls tonight."

Aughinbaugh finished 6 of 14 passing for 106 yards as Waynesboro racked up 151 yards of total offense. The junior quarterback also rushed for the two-point conversion to round out the game's scoring and give the Indians the lead for good.

Neither team touched the red zone in the second half.

"There's the growth process coming," said Mahaffey. "We're starting to take some strides and move forward."

The third-year Indians coach is also off to a perfect start in the Colonial Division, after struggling the last few years in the Keystone.

"That's our first conference win in my three years," said Mahaffey. "For us, that's a big stepping stone. We're going to build on that and try to get more consistent."

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