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Indians' win makes them 3-0 for first time since 1984

September 13, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro's football confrontation with Hershey on Friday night had more twists and turns than an award-winning novel.

In the end, though, the Indians' defense made the difference in a 19-16 triumph.

It was Waynesboro's third straight win and marked the first time the school's football team has been 3-0 at this juncture since 1984.

The game was played under less than ideal conditions and the muddy field produced its share of mistakes.

"It was tough out there," Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler said. "When you sort out everything, though, our defense made the difference. On the night, we stopped them three times inside the 20-yard line. It wasn't just one guy, either, leading the charge. We really played well as a unit."

Seiler said he wasn't surprised by the close score -- or scare, if you wish.

"They're well coached and we expected a tough game," Seiler said. "The playing conditions were tough, both teams had trouble handling the football. There were a lot of mistakes but some of that can be blamed on the muddy conditions."

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Waynesboro's Dylan Spangler opened the scoring with a 10-yard run with 9:45 remaining in the first quarter. Johnathon Blubaugh booted the extra point.

Spangler added a 5-yard TD run in the second period, before Ian Smith posted the decisive touchdown when he took a pitch from quarterback Jesse Mowen and scampered in from 9 yards out with 10:41 remaining in the third.

Smith, Waynesboro's leading runner, opened the third with a tremendous run and finished things off with the touchdown.

With the score tied at 13, Waynesboro started at its 20-yard line and Smith promptly romped 71 yards to set up a first-and-10 at the Hershey 11-yard line.

Two plays later, Smith scored the decisive touchdown to send the Indians to another victory.

"It wasn't a set play," Seiler said. "All night, the Hershey defense was closing the gaps. Ian went wide, outraced the back on that side and made a great run.

"Spangler and Smith did a nice job, but our team defense really made the difference. We shut them down when we needed to."

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