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Ritchey shows off his wheels as Devils roll

September 08, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim quarterback Adam Ritchey ran the football more than expected and far too much for Palmyra's liking.

Ritchey toted the pigskin 16 times, picked up 109 yards and racked up three scores as Greencastle blanked Palmyra 19-0 on Friday night. He also had a 71-yard TD run nullified by penalty.

After getting only one carry in last week's season opener, Ritchey's number was called more often by design Friday, and the junior responded.

"I was surprised that I ran that much today," said Ritchey, who seems to have healed well from last year's shoulder surgery. "We've been putting some plays for me in the game plan."

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Jordan Stotler tipped a Palmyra pass that ended in the hands of Alex Izer with 3:23 left in the first period that set up Greencastle's first score - an 18-yard run on a belly play right by Ritchey.

The Blue Devils held Palmyra to a quick three-and-out and took possession at their own 26 early in the second period.

After Dustin Barry ran for 12 yards, it was time for Ritchey again. He rolled over the right side of the line and raced 62 yards to the end zone.

"I knew (the backs) were coming right behind me," said Ritchey. "That score was suppose to be a pass but the defensive end came up on the play and I got inside him."

Ritchey had 106 of his rushing yards by halftime, while the Blue Devils' defense was holding Palmyra to 73 total yards at the break.

While Barry was sick and not at 100 percent, that enabled Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis to reach further into his developing backfield.

Barry carried 14 times and logged 59 yards through three periods. Rusty Cordell picked up plenty of the slack, mostly in the second half when he gained 101 yards, including a 45-yarder in the last minute of the game to set up Ritchey's 2-yard bolt for the final TD.

"We took advantage of (Adam's) ability," said Tinninis. "Dustin was sick and Cordell, well, he's a player."

Greencastle (2-0) ended with 338 total yards and the defense held Palmyra (1-1) to 125 yards.

"It's definitely nice to get a goose egg on the board," said Tinninis.

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