Cordell gives Devils plethora of options

November 08, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Rusty Cordell is slated to start at wing back and outside linebacker for Greencastle-Antrim in its District 3 Class AAA first-round playoff game against Daniel Boone.

But as opposing teams have learned, it's uncertain just where the versatile senior will turn up for the Blue Devils (8-2).

Boone (7-3) will be responsible for marking Cordell in the first-ever playoff game at Kaley Field on Friday night. If the Blazers aren't up to the task, it could mean the first-ever playoff win for the Blue Devils.

"Right now, (Cordell) is settled in at the wing position and at linebacker," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "He could line up at fullback a little bit."


Tinninis breezed over some of his options with Cordell on the field, but they go much deeper, as Cordell has been a staple in each phase of the game for the Blue Devils.

On offense, Cordell has provided a change of pace in the running game and has been a viable receiving threat out of the backfield for quarterbacks Adam Ritchey and Brett Meyers. Two weeks ago, he added the pass to his repertoire by completing a 29-yard option to Ritchey.

"Coach just puts me out there, in a position to make plays," said Cordell, who has rushed for almost 500 yards. "I just go out there and do my job."

Cordell, though humble in his abilities, is honest in his intentions, no matter where he lines up on the field.

"Running the ball is probably my strength because I'm not all that fast," he said. "As a receiver, you have to have speed to get open. Running the ball, you just have to hit the hole.

"Plus, you get to run over people."

Cordell's offensive duties only touch the surface of his contributions to the Blue Devils. On special teams, he's been a useful alternative in the return game, and on defense, soft hands and good vision at linebacker have forced opposing quarterbacks to account for him. His 31-yard interception return for a touchdown virtually cemented the second straight playoff berth for the Blue Devils (8-2).

His multi-faceted nature makes Cordell a threat to show up in the box score in every game. He and the Devils' other nine seniors also provide leadership.

"We have to keep the other guys focused, keep them fired up, and make sure we stick to the game plan," Cordell said. "If we win, we win. If we lose, we lose. But we're going to make sure we go out there and put in 100 percent and I'm sure we'll have a good outcome."

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