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Shamrocks bring no luck to Indians

September 30, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Trinity did with its quarterbacks what Waynesboro could only hope to do with its - if one was healthy.

With Terrell Rickard on the sideline nursing a knee injury, the Indians' quarterback was Alex Barone - not that he did all that bad Friday night.

Trinity used a mixture of Matt Hallahan and Matt Donahue switching from quarterback and flanker positions and the pair led the Shamrocks to a 49-14 rout of the Indians in a Mid-Penn Capital Division contest.

"Injuries are a part of the game," said Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler, whose team fell to 0-5 (0-2). "Our left side of the offensive line has been depleted because of injuries."

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Donahue tossed scoring passes of 68 yards to Hallahan and 70 to Ryan Skotnick and he also scored on a 34-yard run. Hallahan also added a 1-yard run to cap Trinity's scoring in the fourth period.

Donahue's pass to Hallahan got an argument from the Waynesboro camp as the Indians felt he released the football after he had passed the line of scrimmage.

"At the time we're thinking it was way past (scrimmage)," said Seiler. "We'll go back and look at the tapes, but it was still no reason to get beat deep like that."

Trinity (4-2, 1-1) rolled through the Indians for 460 total yards. In the second half, the Shamrocks controlled the ground game with 206 rushing yards.

"We found ourselves in the long field most of the night, and they had a short field quite a bit," said Seiler.

Down 28-0 in the second period, the Indians put together a 77-yard drive with the aid of a 15-yard penalty on Trinity. Ian Smith had a 19-yard run that helped set up Barone's scoring pass of 25 yards to Devin Sims, who made a brilliant leaping catch over the shoulder of a Trinity defensive back.

After Jamison Walck pounced on a Trinity fumble at the Shamrocks 48, Waynesboro worked its way to the 17. With no timeouts remaining, Barone had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Christian Kuntz with 17 seconds remaining in the half.

Waynesboro went to sophomore quarterback Adam Seidel for a series to close the game, and he responded with two accurate pass completions of 31 and 27 yards, the second resulting in a score to Nathan Minnich with 3:39 remaining in the contest.

Sims caught four passes, and Seiler might try to find additional ways to use Aaron McKenzie, who gained 52 yards on three rushing plays.

"We've made some changes and we're still a work in progress," said Seiler. "Last week (7-6 loss to Milton Hershey) I thought we started to turn the corner. Now, we have to make a quantum leap."

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