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Waynesboro ends 19-game skid vs. JB

September 25, 2004|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For three quarters of Friday night's football game, it was as if the Waynesboro offense simply didn't show up.

But when the fourth quarter started, the Indians 'O' made a grand entrance.

Waynesboro scored on three consecutive offensive plays - all long ones - to quickly turn a 6-0 deficit into a 26-6 victory over James Buchanan, ending the Indians' 19-game losing streak.

"We got that monkey off our backs," Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler said. "I just can't say enough about how these kids stayed with it, came to practice and worked hard. This is for them and for the kids last year and those that worked hard throughout."

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The Indians (1-3, 1-1 Mid-Penn Capital) last enjoyed the spoils of victory on Sept. 20, 2002 - an 8-7 victory over Shippensburg. For 36 minutes, it seemed as though the streak would be prolonged at least one more week.

It took just two plays to turn the momentum.

Trailing 6-0 on the final play of the third quarter, Waynesboro quarterback Cory Livengood rolled right on an option play. He tried to pitch to Michael McKenzie, but the ball was tipped up in the air.

Livengood caught his own pitch, reversed ground and headed toward the left sideline. With no room to turn upfield, he pulled up as he ran out of bounds, taking a 9-yard loss. But Livengood was hit on the sideline, drawing a personal foul penalty and giving the Indians a first down to start the fourth quarter.

"I knew that was going to hurt us, but I wasn't sure it would be the turning point," James Buchanan coach Kevin Gustafson said. "That really broke us down."

On the next play, Livengood found Devin Sims streaking down the sideline and connected with him for a 33-yard touchdown. R.J. Finafrock added the extra point to put the Indians ahead, 7-6.

The Rockets (1-3, 0-1) moved the ball to midfield on their next drive before a false start penalty turned a third-and-1 situation into third-and-6. Quarterback Josh Cotton threw into traffic to his left and was picked off by Cory Emery to end the drive abruptly.

In a matter of seconds, McKenzie stole away any life that the Rockets had left.

From his own 44-yard line, McKenzie busted through the right side of the line, juked left and then sprinted left to the sideline, outrunning the JB defense for a 56-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead.

He did it again on the Indians' next play from scrimmage, going 71 yards only to have the play called back by a holding penalty.

Undaunted, McKenzie turned on the jets one more time on the next play, scampering 79 yards for a flag-free score and a 20-6 Waynesboro lead.

"It's the little things that get a team started," said McKenzie, who finished with 210 yards on 19 carries. "You'd be surprised how many little things can boost a team's energy."

The Indians finished with 341 total yards - 208 of which came in the final 12 minutes of the game.

The Rockets looked to set the tone early, going 64 yards to score on the first drive of the game. Terrell Moore capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run for a 6-0 JB lead.

From there, the teams settled in for a defensive struggle - one that saw the Indians stop JB twice inside the 15 in the first half.

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