Carlisle thunders past Greencastle

August 30, 2003|by DAN KAUFFMAN

CARLISLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim football coach Chuck Tinninis should probably dive right into planning for next weekend's game with Fairfield. There's little reason to watch the tapes of Friday night's game against Carlisle.

The Thundering Herd used a potent combination of size, strength and speed to overwhelm the overmatched Blue Devils, rushing for 403 yards while holding Greencastle to 24 in a 48-7 pounding at Millen Stadium.

"We've got to get healthy, and then we've got to get to work (for Fairfield)," Tinninis said. "The sun will rise tomorrow, and we have to make it a better day."


For sure, the Blue Devils would be well advised to forget about the Thundering Herd, who used three big plays in the first half to seize control.

On the game's first play from scrimmage, Carlisle quarterback David Dukes rolled right on an option and pitched to Tyreese Marshall, who raced untouched down the sideline 68 yards for a touchdown 16 seconds into the contest.

Two drives later, facing third-and-13 from their own 22, the Thundering Herd ran a shovel pass to Cledis Williams, who blazed untouched through a huge seam up the middle for a 78-yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Later in the quarter, on second-and-12 from the Greencastle 35, Carlisle coach Brent Stroh made a perfect call for an inside reverse to Richard Rayborn, who caught the Blue Devils' defense moving the wrong way for a 35-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

"I thought we were going to match up with them up front," Tinninis said. "There's no answer for speed, and those kids made some big runs. ... Stroh caught me. I called a stunt and they ran a reverse, and that's the perfect play against that defense. ... They played better than us, and they won."

Trailing 28-0 at halftime, Greencastle started the second half with a 14-play, 70-yard drive for its only score. Quarterback Blake Border hooked up with tailback Clint Castellar six times for 48 yards on the drive, including a 3-yard TD pass to finish it.

Carlisle scored 20 fourth-quarter points after both teams emptied the bench.

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