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Indians defuse Rockets

October 06, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Friday night's Mid-Penn Capital showdown between James Buchanan and Waynesboro featured streaks of all sorts.

The Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season. They extended their winning streak against JB to seven games. They did it by having their receivers constantly streak to the end zone.

The Indians took to the air, with Terrell Rickard throwing for 179 yards and four touchdowns as the Indians thumped the Rockets 41-0 at Rip Engle Stadium on Homecoming Night.

It's the first win for Waynesboro since a 34-6 victory against Scotland last Oct. 13.

"It feels really good to get (a win) under our belt," said Rickard, who completed 10 of 14 passes and also ran for a 23-yard touchdown. "I thought we were going to come out and run the ball, but they were stacking guys in the box, so we decided to open up the outsides."

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Rickard hit a different receiver on each of his touchdown throws, beginning with Dylan Spangler on the Indians' second series.

An interception by Rickard on defense put Waynesboro at the James Buchanan 39-yard line and, six plays later, Rickard hit Spangler for a 28-yard score to put the Indians ahead 7-0 with 5:53 left in the first quarter.

Rickard found Tyler Swope for a 19-yard touchdown to cap another seven-play drive to give the Indians a 14-0 lead with 11 seconds left in the opening period.

A Nathan Kauffman interception put Waynesboro at the JB 26, and one play later, Rickard scored on a keeper to increase the lead to 21-0 with 7:41 left before halftime.

The Indians returned to the aerial assault with 41 seconds left in the half when Rickard found Aaron McKenzie for a 13-yard score and a 28-0 edge. One play earlier, Rickard hit McKenzie for a 54-yard strike.

"Once (Rickard) got into a zone, he was on," said Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler. "He spreads the ball around and he's going to find the open man. The receivers made some nice adjustments to make the catches."

Probably the best maneuver was made by Kauffman with 4:49 left in the third quarter. On third-and-short, Kauffman streaked to the back right corner of the end zone, made a leaping catch against man coverage and landed on the pylon for a 24-yard touchdown to make it 34-0.

"We had some breakdowns defensively," said Rockets coach Kevin Gustafson. "We couldn't get pressure up front and there were some breakdowns in coverage."

It took Waynesboro (1-5, 1-2) its first offensive drive to learn it could find success in the passing game. Meanwhile, JB went to the air from the start, often spreading the field with five wide receivers. But the Rockets could not crack the Indians' nickel defense as quarterback Jesse Smartt threw for just 47 yards on 18 passes - 2.6 yards per attempt.

The Rockets (1-5, 0-3) were without a first down until 3:12 remained in the third quarter. That drive went to the Waynesboro 30 - the first Rockets drive into Indians territory - before Swope made the team's third interception and raced 85 yards to the end zone to make it 41-0.

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