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Ritchey, Devils treat their Homecoming crowd

October 13, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Versatile is a good way to describe Greencastle-Antrim junior Adam Ritchey.

Talented is another.

Ritchey threw two touchdown passes, caught another TD and intercepted a pass as the No. 4 Blue Devils scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 28-8 Mid-Penn Colonial win over East Pennsboro on Friday night.

Last week, Ritchey caught two TD passes and returned an interception for another score.

For the third straight game, Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis alternated quarterbacks Ritchey and Brett Meyers, and the two combined for 59 yards on 6-for-10 passing.

Ritchey also gained 44 yards on eight carries, caught a 20-yard touchdown from Meyers in the third quarter and intercepted a pass on the Greencastle 1-yard line in the fourth to prevent a Panthers score.

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It was the third straight win for Greencastle (6-1, 3-1).

"I don't mind sharing playing time at quarterback. It probably helps me defensively because I can get an occasional breather," Ritchey said. "We played hard again tonight. We're playing pretty well."

Tinninis was impressed by the effort before the large Homecoming crowd.

"We stopped them at the goal line there in the first quarter, and we bounced back after getting behind 6-0," Tinninis said. "I thought we ran the ball with authority and our defense shut them down in the second half."

East Pennsboro (2-5, 1-2) didn't get its first first down after intermission until midway in the fourth quarter.

"We were not distracted by all the festivities of Homecoming, and I don't think we were looking ahead to (undefeated) Shippensburg next week," Tinninis said. "We had our mind on business tonight and we got the job done."

The Blue Devils have allowed just 58 points this season, 38 of them coming in a loss to Northern.

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