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Devils school Indians

September 21, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim football team came into Monday's game looking for a fight.

Waynesboro entered looking for a learning experience.

Both got what they came for. The Blue Devils proved that they have a little resolve in the tank by meeting the challenge presented by the Indians, while Waynesboro took another step to respectability in Greencastle's 47-14 victory.

The Blue Devils bounced back from a loss to Palmyra and an early 7-6 challenge by Waynesboro to jolt into gear with 34 straight points to take control of the game. Clint Castellar ran for two touchdowns and Blake Border threw for two others as Greencastle handed Waynesboro its 19th straight loss.

"I felt good for the kids," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "It was a tough last week. Players play games and the kids should feel good for themselves. They scored and the kids got fired up. That's the way it should be and they did."

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Greencastle scored on its first possession, using its passing game to set up the running attack and a 68-yard drive. Border threw for 48 yards in the march, including a 25-yard scoring pass to Erick Burkholder for the 7-0 lead.

"This is a different team. We aren't that big up front and we have to mix it up," Tinninis said. "Border throws the ball well and (Burkholder) is good. We have to throw the ball more. We have to be more balanced. We can't fist fight. We have to do more guerrilla warfare."

Waynesboro entered the battlefield in the second quarter and gave the Blue Devils a shove.

The Indians mounted an eight-play drive, culminated as quarterback Cory Livengood found Nathan Minnich behind Greencastle's defense for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Waynesboro missed the extra point, but sent the challenge to the Blue Devils.

"That is the point in time when a team that is used to winning takes control," Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler said. "We are not there yet. It's a Catch 22 because you have to experience it before you learn how to do it."

Greencastle answered with a 5-yard scoring run by Castellar and then a 10-yard jaunt by Conrad Myers to grab a cushion. The Blue Devils pushed the Indians in the corner by recovering a fumble and scoring on the first play when Borders found Travis Smith for a 12-yard score.

"That killed the momentum, giving up a turnover and to let them score an easy one at the end hurts you," Seiler said. "Our goal was to kept the ball in our hands. We are struggling on defense - that's no secret - so to help the defense we have to keep the ball. Cory grew up tonight as a quarterback and a leader and that will help down the road."

Tyreek Thrush scored on a 19-yard burst to open the second half and Castellar ran in from the 13 to give the Blue Devils a 41-6 lead.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devil defense was shutting down Waynesboro on one first down and 24 yards of offense in the second half. The Indians got there other score when Josh Dennis recovered a Mike Reid fumble and returned it 51 yards for a score.

Reid scored from the 7 on the last play of the game to close the scoring.

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