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Devils' Walker makes mark as runner (9/29)

September 29, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

By CHRIS CARTER

Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim running back Stephon Walker touched the football just four times Friday night against Big Spring.

That was enough action to make his mark.

Walker scored two touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion as No. 4 Greencastle rebounded from its first loss by thumping Big Spring 40-0 in Mid-Penn Colonial action at Kaley Field.

Walker, who normally assumes the role of bruiser to open up holes in goal-line situations, shined when given the opportunities Friday.

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"His job is to keep people honest inside," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "When we get inside the 5 and run an inside play, he can block and create the hole. Or when his number is called, he can score it."

Walker's two-point conversion following Dustin Barry's 78-yard punt-return touchdown gave Greencastle a 14-0 lead with five minutes still remaining in the first quarter. Walker scored from 2 yards to open the second quarter - his first touchdown of the season - and showcased his speed by outrunning the Big Spring defense 35 yards for a score with 9:26 left in the third quarter to make it 34-0.

"I love contact, it's what I do," said Walker. "That's why I don't mind being a blocker most of the time. But when I get the ball, I'm going to go just as hard."

Walker was a small part of the relentless Greencastle rushing attack, which tallied 283 yards. Reserve Brandon Trefelner led the widespread assault with 63 yards - most with a running clock in the second half - and a touchdown, and Rusty Cordell scored a 45-yard touchdown. Adam Ritchey split time with Brett Meyers at quarterback and ran for 42 yards and a score.

The six touchdowns were five more than the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1) scored in a blowout loss to Northern last week.

"We figured we shouldn't keep our heads down because last week was last week and this week is this week," Walker said. "We had fire building in our eyes all week."

Big Spring (0-5, 0-2) totaled just 68 yards of offense and made only three first downs. Mike Stoudt led the Bulldogs with 35 yards rushing.

"Our goal was to get the shutout and to hold (Big Spring) to under 100 yards," Tinninis said. "We wanted to be intense, and we needed to hit people. It's easy to come out and be lackadaisical against a team like Big Spring, and we couldn't let that happen."

Barry finished with 161 all-purpose yards for the Blue Devils.

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