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Greencastle has a Devil of a time

October 25, 2008

The magic carpet ride for Greencastle continued Friday night, but it took the Blue Devils a while to continue toward an unbeaten regular season.

No. 1 Greencastle (9-0) came out of the gates a little flat, but once the team woke up and realized Waynesboro (3-6) would not be a pushover despite a five-game losing streak, the Blue Devils surged forward to a 42-12 victory at Kaley Field.

Waynesboro threw a scare into Greencastle when it took a 12-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Blue Devils responded in force on both sides of scrimmage in beating the Indians for the seventh consecutive season.

"I think we overlooked (Waynesboro) and came out a little flat," said senior Seth Shindle, who scored the go-ahead touchdown in the second period.

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Twice Waynesboro marched through the Greencastle defense on 63- and 57-yard drives with Dylan Spangler running 35 yards for the first score and Ian Smith 13 for the second score and a 12-7 lead with 8:12 left in the first half.

"We were lethargic and I wasn't happy," Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis said. "Waynesboro just took it to us in the beginning before we started playing some football."

Adam Ritchey, who scored Greencastle's first touchdown on a 10-yard run, directed a 66-yard march with two pass completions and a 9-yard run on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive.

From the 15, Greencastle executed its crisscross play with Ritchey handing off to Dustin Barry, who in turn handed off the Shindle and he turned it into a 20-yard score.

"We tried that play on our first call of the game, but it got stopped," Shindle said. "That time, the line opened a big hole."

Then the turning point of the game evolved when Waynesboro lost the ball on its first play from scrimmage on a fumble by Spangler at midfield.

Greencastle converted it into a touchdown 54 seconds before the half on a 1-yard burst by Tyler Szaflarski for a quick turnaround and a 21-12 lead at the break.

"We thought we were playing under control, but losing that fumble changed the tune of the game," Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler said.

Greencastle dominated the second half as it scored on its first three possessions.

Ritchey capped a 78-yard drive on a 13-yard pass to Derek Smith, who made an over-the-shoulder catch deep in the end zone to finish a sequence highlighted by a 46-yard catch-and-run play from Ritchey to Shindle.

The Blue Devils made it 35-12 when Devin Schaeffer scored from the 5 to cap a 59-yard drive. Greencastle then put an exclamation point on the night when it blocked a Waynesboro punt that set up a 4-yard run by Szaflarski with 9:33 remaining.

Greencastle held Waynesboro to 67 total yards in the second half.

"We owned the second half and shut them out," Shindle said. "We're the best conditioned team."

Ritchey led the Greencastle parade with 61 yards rushing and went 8 for 10 passing for 135 yards as the Blue Devils racked up 355 total yards.

"Ritchey is a take-charge kind of player," Tinninis said. "The offense had a great night. Waynesboro played hard and we expected they would."

Spangler had 83 rushing yards and Smith 73 for Waynesboro, which had 192 total yards.

"(Greencastle) got us on their counter plays, but I thought we fought hard and hung in there," Seiler said. "I don't think the final score was indicative of the game."

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