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Top-ranked Blue Devils feast on Big Spring

September 27, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- No. 1 Greencastle-Antrim enjoyed an easy time of it Friday night. Now, the Blue Devils are getting ready for the meat-grinder part of their schedule.

For the first time since 2000, Greencastle reached the midway point of a season at 5-0 after an easy 54-0 Homecoming victory over Big Spring in a Mid-Penn Capital matchup Friday night.

"Our offensive and defensive lines controlled the line of scrimmage and that was it," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "The rubber really hits the road now. But we need to keep healthy and keep improving."

Up next are contests against Mid-Penn Colonial foes Red Land and Susquehanna Township, followed by the game most fans are waiting for when Mid-Penn Capital rival Northern invades Greencastle on Oct. 17.

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Big Spring (1-4, 0-2) had been a passing team with a spread offense, but the Bulldogs changed their style during the week and came out in a wing-T. It made no difference to the Blue Devils (5-0, 3-0).

"They usually run the run and shoot, but we were prepared for anything thay came out with," said Tinninis.

The Blue Devils' offense churned out 385 yards on the ground, while the defense allowed only 31 rushing yards, 29 in the second half.

"We had some really nice blocking by the line," said junior Brandon Trefelner, who stepped in for Dustin Barry -- who re-injured his ankle -- and picked up 151 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns.

Only an interception in the second quarter and two first-half penalties kept Greencastle from grading out at 100 percent for the game.

Freshman Tyler Szaflarski opened the scoring on a 9-yard run with 8:19 left in the first period to cap a 45-yard drive, and the rout was on.

Quarterback Adam Ritchey completed two passes in the next drive that set up his 10-yard score for a 13-0 lead.

Greencastle knocked out Big Spring with four scores in the second period, leading to a running clock for the entire second half.

Trefelner scored from the 1 to cap an 84-yard drive in which he gained 45 yards rushing. Jason Koons picked up a Big Spring fumble on the ensuing kickoff and returned it 36 yards for a score. Trefelner followed with a 7-yard TD, and another Big Spring fumble led to a 32-yard drive capped by Szaflarski's 3-yard score with 1:34 left in the half.

"I'm just happy for the opportunity to play as a freshman," said Szaflarski, a 6-foot, 205-pounder who was filling in for injured Grant Meyers and had 75 yards on 14 carries. "I had big shoes to fill tonight."

Greencastle marched 87 yards on its first possession of the second half, with Trefelner scoring on a 4-yard run. He set the score up with a 39-yard run.

In the fourth, with backups playing, the Blue Devils marched 68 yards, including a 28-yard run by Richard Phannebecker that set up Jake Statler's 15-yard score.

"(Trefelner and Szaflarski) ran the football hard," said Tinninis. "Trefelner's next in line behind Barry. He's a good player."

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