Campbell's last hit is an M'm, M'm good one

September 02, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim senior Dan Campbell chose the perfect time to showcase one of his best skills Friday night.

With the game on the line and just 6 seconds left, Campbell made the game-ending quarterback sack to help the Blue Devils notch an opening-night victory over James Buchanan, 21-14.

Trailing by a touchdown, JB drove 73 yards to the Greencastle 7-yard-line, giving the Rockets just enough hope to steal a win from the Blue Devils, who led by three touchdowns at halftime.

But Campbell dashed those hopes when he burst through the JB offensive line, chased down quarterback Justin Lee and dragged him to the soaking Kaley Field turf. He let out a loud roar as he joined his teammates in celebration.


"I looked up at the clock and saw it was the last minute and we had to make a play," Campbell said. "I was pumped for this game from the start. This is my last year to make a big impact against a rival and I was ready for it. We were all ready for it."

The Rockets stopped Greencastle in the red zone and took over on downs at their own 19. JB benefited from three penalties totaling 30 yards on its march to within striking distance.

"There were some calls that didn't go our way," Campbell said. "I didn't see them, but it definitely forced us to play harder at the end."

When the Rockets advanced the ball deep into Greencastle territory, Blue Devils coach Chuck Tinninis called a timeout to set his defense.

"I told them you have six seconds to win the game," he said.

Campbell knew what to do.

"My assignment was to get a pass rush and make a tackle," Campbell said. "We needed to step up and take care of business."

While being taken to the ground, the ball fell from Lee's hands and was fittingly recovered by Greencastle senior Zach Gates.

Gates, who lines up behind Campbell at linebacker, forced a fumble earlier in the game that was recovered by Campbell.

"It's like that with us," Gates said. "I force a fumble and he recovers it, then he forces one and I get it."

"I was glad when Coach had us lined up on the same side," Campbell said. "We know we can count on each other."

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