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M. Hershey kisses off Waynesboro

October 16, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If he didn't know it before, Darwin Seiler found out Friday night that better is a relative term.

While Seiler's Waynesboro football team showed improvement in the second half, it still wasn't enough to avoid a 41-12 setback to Mid-Penn Capital foe Milton Hershey.

That second-half success came after the Indians were thwarted 34-0 after the first 24 minutes, and after the Spartans had inserted their second team.

"We seem to play better in the second half," said Seiler. "But I give that program tons of credit. Coach (Bob) Guyer does things the right way. His kids play hard, and play tough, and they're not out there to run the score up against anybody."

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Numerous dropped passes, and four illegal procedure penalties in the first half kept the Indians from generating any consistency offensively.

"Obviously, we didn't help ourselves any," said Seiler. "We have to catch the ball better. I don't know too many teams that can afford negative plays, and penalties and dropped passes are negative plays."

Meanwhile, Milton Hershey was having little trouble getting the ball into the endzone. By the time the first 12 minutes had elapsed, tailback Nadir Amin had a pair of rushing touchdowns and quarterback Josh Pope found Jon Okon for a 37-yard scoring pass for a 20-0 advantage.

The Spartans (5-2, 3-1) scored two more times in an 83-second span in the second period on a 63-yard Thaddeus Davis run and a 58-yard punt return by Pope. Hershey amassed 205 rushing yards in the opening half.

But Waynesboro (1-6, 1-4) managed to turn things around early in the third quarter. Nolan Smith set things up with a 25-yard kickoff return to open the period, and the Indians drove 52 yards on eight plays with Michael McKenzie - after rushing three times for 31 yards - hauled in a 33-yard Cory Livengood pass for the score. Livengood was sacked twice in the drive.

Milton Hershey ran just two plays before Terry Tobler's interception gave Waynesboro a first down on its own 29. The ensuing nine-play drive was capped by a 28-yard Livengood-to-Sean Brodersen pass to close the gap to 34-12.

Despite the change in momentum, the Spartans coach wasn't about to send his starters back out.

"As soon as we got the chance, we put the reserves in," said Guyer. "Once we put them in, we were going to stick with them. There was no way we were going to switch."

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