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Swinging in the rain

JB's comeback takes on water as Devils hold on

JB's comeback takes on water as Devils hold on

September 02, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Those who ventured out on opening night might have been hopeful of an early exit to dryer conditions by halftime of Friday's Greencastle-Antrim vs. James Buchanan rivalry.

After Greencastle paddled its way to a 21-0 halftime lead, James Buchanan made things very interesting as the Rockets threatened to catch the Blue Devils, only to fall 21-14 in a game decided in the final seconds.

With the Rockets on the Greencastle 7-yard line and 6 seconds remaining, JB quarterback Justin Lee rolled to his left but was sacked by outside linebacker Daniel Campbell to secure the Greencastle victory.

"We called for a sprint out to the left on the last play," said JB coach Kevin Gustafson.

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

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"We had a little pep talk at halftime," said Gustafson of the comeback effort. "We asked for 24 minutes."

Greencastle had three turnovers on fumbles, the last which resulted in six points for James Buchanan.

On the Rockets' 4-yard line, Greencastle's Dustin Barry was rocked running around the right end, lost the football, and JB's Tucker Hill raced 93 yards for a score to close the margin to 21-14.

After Greencastle misfired on a fourth-and-9 on the JB 19 with 1:38 left, the Rockets began a march that included a 12-yard run on a reverse by Cheyenne Schooley, a 25-yard pass from Jesse Smartt to Schooley and three penalties on Greencastle that accounted for 33 yards, all leading to the final, decisive play.

"We grinded things out on the ground but I'm disappointed in the turnovers we had," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "The turnovers stopped us and (JB) had some breaks. But we kept them out of the end zone at the end."

It appeared it would be all Greencastle at the outset, as the Rockets muffed their first punt attempt of the season from their own 44.

Taking over on the JB 20, Greencastle marched to paydirt in five plays with Conrad Myers scoring from 4 yards out at the 7:05 mark. With 44 seconds left in the opening period, Myers took a screen pass on the right side from Adam Butts and rambled 55 yards untouched for another score.

On its final possession of the first half, Greencastle started from the JB 36 and capped an eight-play effort when Demetrius Myers plunged over from a yard out.

Conrad Myers rushed 23 times for 86 yards and Demterius Myers bulldozed his way for 60 yards on 17 carries. Barry added 43 yards as Greencastle churned out 206 yards rushing.

"We're happy to beat our rivals," said Conrad Myers, who sat out the fourth period with a dinged knee and left as a precaution. "It was tough running ... I had to switch to longer spikes and they felt heavier."

The Greencastle defense held JB to 55 yards on the turf on 29 carries. Hill ran for 40 yards.

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