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'Rollers roll over Indians

October 09, 2004|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO,Pa. - For Waynesboro football coach Darwin Seiler, the personal frustration of his team's latest loss - a 47-13 drubbing Friday night by the Steel-High Steamrollers - showed only briefly on his face as his Indians knelt tightly together in a circle surrounded by the marching band after the game.

As the last chords of "Amazing Grace" fell away, Seiler began walking from player to player and coach to coach offering a few private words.

Steel-High (5-1, 3-0) had just unleashed the passing of quarterback Jerel Lewis and the speed and athleticism of Sean Alexander and Austen Brown as the Rollers ran away from the Indians (1-5, 1-2) by halftime, building a 40-6 lead in the Mid-Penn Capital Division matchup.

Lewis, pressed into the starting role by the tragic death of a teammate this summer, had five completions in nine attempts for a whopping 221 yards and four touchdowns. Alexander caught TD passes of 75 and 54 yards from Lewis and returned a fumble 23 yards for a score. Brown caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and had a 77-yard TD run as the Rollers used their superior team speed to give the Indians a difficult matchup.

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Seiler wishes it were different, but for right now, he can see progress in the tiniest of baby steps.

"We never quit, not one time," Seiler said. "It would have been easy to pack it in and go home early but these kids come to play every week."

In fact, Waynesboro's offense moved the ball with some regularity and had 11 first downs to the Rollers' 10.

The Indians' first score came as Michael McKenzie capped a 64-yard drive with a 4-yard run in the second quarter. The drive was highlighted by Sean Broderson's 50-yard catch of an alley-oop pass from Cory Livengood.

McKenzie, who ended the night with 23 carries for 137 yards, also scored in the third quarter on a sterling 76-yard run through traffic.

"Michael can take it to the house on any play," Seiler said. "Our job is to get him and some others to the second level, to keep winning these little battles."

And that is because Seiler sees these little battles as possibly adding up to the Indians playing two good halves of football.

"We will go out and work hard every day," Seiler said. "At some point, I know we will turn this thing around."

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