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Border on target in Blue Devils' win

October 11, 2003|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Blake Border has had his share of good passing games this season, but the Greencastle-Antrim quarterback probably got as close to perfect as he will ever get Friday night.

Border completed 12 of 14 passes for 213 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils to a 42-13 victory over Waynesboro in a Mid-Penn Colonial game at Rip Engle Stadium.

"Coach said he wasn't sure if we were going to throw the ball a lot," Border said. "The receivers kept finding ways to get open."

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Erick Burkholder and Aaron Hykes caught two touchdowns apiece for Greencastle (3-4, 2-2), which rolled up 473 yards in total offense.

"We knew what they were capable of. We saw it in the pasing league and on film," Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler said. "We didn't get much pressure on the quarterback and we didn't cover well. If you give him time, he's going to stick the ball where it needs to be."

Border had no trouble doing just that. Two of his first three passes went for touchdowns - one each to Burkholder and Hykes - as the Blue Devils built an early 14-0 lead.

The Indians (0-7, 0-4) battled, holding Greencastle short on a fourth-and-2 play inside their 10-yard line.

Later in the second quarter, quarterback Cody Auginbaugh scrambled 34 yards for the Indians' first first down of the night, then connected with Michael McKenzie for a 15-yard gain and a first down at the Greencastle 15.

The Blue Devils defense tightened and pounced on a Wes Phebus fumble to keep the Indians at bay, then turned around and drove 90 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Brett Hoffman capped the drive with a 1-yard run.

Two more Border touchdown passes in the second quarter gave the Blue Devils a 35-0 halftime lead and started the running clock as the second half began.

"We thought if they were going to bring nine guys up in the box it would open things up," Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis said. "They were keying on the counter sweep and the belly, but Blake was on tonight. He made some good throws."

While the Blue Devils did most of their damage through the air in the first half, they took to the ground in the second. After being challenged at halftime by Tinninis, Greencastle began its first possession of the second half at its own 1 following an interception by Travis Smith.

"I told them we were going to have a drive without a pass," Tinninis said. "We wanted to see what they could do."

The Blue Devils marched the ball down the field in 14 plays, with Dustin Mowen finishing it on a 13-yard scoring run for a 42-0 lead.

"We did our job, we got points on the board," Border said. "We turned it over to the line and watched the backs get their yards."

Hoffman finished with 106 yards and Mowen had 90.

The Indians, whose losing streak was extended to 13 games, scored twice in the fourth quarter, one on a nice swing pass from Auginbaugh to Ethan McNew for 40 yards and on a 36-yard run by McKenzie.

"The one thing I can say is that there is no quit in these kids," Seiler said. "They've been through some tough times here football-wise and they have the capacity to come out and play hard.

"In the larger scope of things, that's probably going to serve them well down the road."

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