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Blue Devils get their due by dipping Big Spring

October 15, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - It only took four days for Greencastle to rebound from a tough loss to Susquenita.

In doing so, the Blue Devils turned Big Spring in to No Spring, demolishing the Bulldogs on Friday night 56-7 behind the bombastic performance of junior Conrad Myers.

On the heels of a flat outing Monday that dampened Greencastle's District 3 playoff hopes, the Blue Devils (5-2, 2-2) answered the challenge on its first possession and cruised early and often.

"Hopefully a lesson was learned from Monday," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "The kids responded with the best practice of the year Tuesday ... there was no messin' around."

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Greencastle was mentally fit and ready to play and turned on the juice with a 534-yard rushing game on 58 carries, spearheaded by the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Myers.

He ran untouched and he bulled over multiple tacklers in a 28-carry, 288-yard game with three touchdowns to exceed his previous high.

"Last year I had a 119 or 120-yard game but nothing like this," said Myers. "It feels excellent. The offensive line blocked great and I had some great lead blocks for the fullback (Michael Reid)."

Reid pounced on a loose football on Big Springs' opening drive at the Bulldog 42. Four plays later, Myers scored from the 15 to follow runs of 24 and 10 yards on counters over tackle.

The Bulldogs, surprising everyone with a fourth-and-6 call their 35, gave up the ball on downs,. Myers capped the drive with a 4-yard scoring run.

Reid opened the second period with a 1-yard burst to cap a 54-yard drive for a 21-0 lead on Adam Wiestling's third of eight conversion kicks.

Wiestling aimed his ensuing kick into the Big Spring front line. Matt Copenhaver recovered the kick thak glanced off a Bulldog.

One play later, Reid rambled 48 yards on an inside counter for a 28-0 lead.

Myers highlighted a 49-yard drive with a 21-yard gain a run that went left, right and outside, while breaking four tackles. It set up a score by quarterback Travis Smith.

Myers' 48-yard run in the third period set up Jordan Statler's score from 13 yards out. Late in the game with less than two minutes, Myers' freshman brother, Demetrius, had a 24-yard run that set up his 1-yard score, the first of his career.

"Man, that was great ... I was cheering him on all the way," said Conrad Myers.

"If we play the rest of the way like (tonight), we can play with anybody," said Tinninis, who will send the Blue Devils out on the road Friday at West Perry.

Even Reid, who suffered a broken collarbone two years ago in a game against Big Spring, was answering the call with 140 yards on 10 carries as he assumed more playing time with Ty Thrush seeing little offensive action by decision of the coaches.

"(Reid) hasn't gotten many carries this year, but he had a good game ... maybe a little incentive tonight," said Tinninis.

The Greencastle defense, sprinkled in with reserves throughout the second half when it allowed Big Springs' lone score, gave up only 192 total yards.

"Susquenita is in the past and we learned from our mistakes," said Myers.

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