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Blue Devils squash Susquenita

October 09, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim dominated the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points to break a halftime tie en route to a 35-14 homecoming victory over Susquenita in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division game Friday.

Susquenita controlled the ball for much of the first half, as running back Chris Reeder had 129 yards before the break.

Reeder tied the game at 14-14, avoiding several would-be Greencastle tacklers on his way to a 54-yard scamper down the right sideline.

"We talked about playing with emotion," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "I expected us to play more fired up at the beginning. I challenged the kids at halftime and I thought that they responded."

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The Blackhawks never threatened to score in the second half, as Greencastle (4-2, 2-1) held Reeder to 22 yards rushing after the half.

Defensive lineman Scott Gordon recovered a fumbled snap by Susquenita on the first possession of the half, and the Blue Devils drove 61 yards for the go-ahead score. Brett Thrush capped the drive on a 5-yard run up the middle.

Early in the fourth quarter, linebacker David Wilmer intercepted Susquenita quarterback Tim Wagner's pass to give the Blue Devils the ball on the Susquenita 30-yard line.

Four plays later, Tyreek Thrush scored from a yard out to give Greencastle a 14-point lead.

Clint Castellar added a 44-yard touchdown run with one minute remaining to cement the victory.

Castellar filled in for an injured Conrad Myers to gain 91 yards rushing. Myers left in the second quarter with a hip-pointer after returning a kickoff.

"We came out fired up in the second half, especially the seniors," said wide receiver Erick Burkholder, who caught five passes for 63 yards. "We weren't losing our last homecoming game."

Susquenita (1-5, 0-3) took the lead less than four minutes into the game on a 20-yard run by Reeder. The Blackhawks started the drive near midfield after the opening kickoff bounced off a Greencastle player and was recovered by Susquenita.

Greencastle answered on its first possession as Tyreek Thrush scored on a 5-yard run to cap a 10-play, 65-yard drive.

The Blackhawks scored again early in the second quarter when Travis Smith caught a 25-yard touchdown pass on a post pattern from quarterback Blake Border.

Border finished with 152 yards passing, completing 12 of 18 attempts.

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