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Devils pull away from Indians

September 16, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - After watching its starting quarterback get taken away in an ambulance after the second play of the game, the Greencastle-Antrim offensive line took matters into its own hands and proved it really is what's up front that counts.

Adam Ritchey injured his shoulder while playing defense, but it was the No. 4 Blue Devils' offense that got revenge, piling up 368 rushing yards in a 39-7 trouncing of rival Waynesboro on Friday.

"I don't think they have better speed than us, they just wailed it at us up front," said Indians coach Darwin Seiler. "They weren't doing anything fancy, they didn't do anything we hadn't seen, they didn't do anything we didn't work on, they just beat us up front."

Despite the pounding in the trenches, Waynesboro (0-3) appeared poised for an upset after pulling to within 14-7 on a 15-yard Alex Barone-to-Nathan Minnich touchdown pass with just 27 seconds left in the half.

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But the Blue Devils (2-1) weren't done. In just 18 seconds, sophomore Dustin Barry returned the ensuing kickoff 64 yards to the Waynesboro 24, and an Adam Butts pass to Jared Tinninis covered the remaining distance for a 21-7 lead and all the momentum.

"(Waynesboro) got within seven, but our kids came right back," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "That showed a little character from our kids. I was glad to see that."

Ty Thrush scored from 9 yards out with 4:33 left in the third period, and after the Blue Devils recovered a fumble at the Waynesboro 27, Greencastle needed just 65 seconds to make it 33-7, with Conrad Myers scoring his second TD of the game.

The Blue Devils added six more points late in the fourth period - much of it coming after the second team was inserted - when 13 straight rushing plays netted 67 yards and ended with an Alex Izer score from 11 yards out.

Demetrius Myers scored for Greencastle on a 3-yard jaunt in the first quarter.

Conrad Myers finished with 163 yards on 20 carries for the Blue Devils.

Offensively, Waynesboro could get very little going, rushing for a mere 81 yards and just seven in the second half. Barone completed 7 of 13 passes for 92 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

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