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Devils beat 'Hounds for 4th stright win

October 21, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The No. 2 Greencastle Blue Devils won their fourth straight game Friday night, claiming a 27-7 victory over the Shippensburg Greyhounds in a Mid-Penn Colonial game at Kaley Field.

"We've got our guys healthy," Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis said. "We're starting to get our timing down. I think that we're going to feel good tonight about our win. We'll come back to work on Monday to prepare for Jefferson."

It didn't take long for the Blue Devils (6-2, 4-1) to strike. Dustin Barry broke loose for a 47-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. On the next play, Conrad Myers rambled 16 yards to the right side for a touchdown and a 7-0 Greencastle lead just 35 seconds into the game.

Craig Van Scyoc fired a 57-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Messenger as Shippensburg (4-4, 2-2) evened the score at 7-7 with 7:25 remaining in the second quarter.

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The turning point of the game came with 1:11 to go in the second quarter when Barry intercepted a pass at the Greencastle 37 and returned it to the Greyhounds 33.

"I thought it was a big play," Tinninis said. "He is a big-play kid."

Greencastle went into hurry-up mode as Adam Ritchey completed a 14-yard pass to Ty Thrush and Myers got a 15-yard run before he capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Blue Devils the lead for good at 13-7 with just 24 seconds remaining in the first half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Greencastle pulled away in the fourth as Thrush found an opening along the right side and charged to a 47-yard touchdown run with 7:21 left. Barry added a two-point conversion run to extend the Blue Devils' lead to 21-7.

Ritchey scored Greencastle's final touchdown with 2:38 left in the game on a 12-yard run.

"I thought it was a total team effort," Tinninis said. "All of my backs did a good job of running the ball. Our offensive line wore them down."

"They had a very strong interior line that kept us from getting into our power running game," Shippensburg coach Eric Foust said. "Their backs were very quick and we missed a few tackles that cost us."

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