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Greyhounds leave drives to the Devils

September 18, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- It wasn't expected, but from the very first moment a Greencastle football player touched the football, the rout was on.

Jacob Statler returned the opening kickoff 70 yards to set up Greencastle's first score and, except for a few seconds to open the second half, it was all Blue Devils in a convincing 48-7 Homecoming victory over Shippensburg at Kaley Field on Friday.

Greencastle (3-0) scored in a variety of ways -- three runs, a pass, a punt return, an interception return and two field goals.

"We expect our kids to play well and they did in the trenches," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis.

And even though there are no records immediately available, it's quite possible senior Christian Hoover joggled some school archives.

With 3:51 remaining, Hoover demonstrated an accurate, and long leg with a 47-yard field goal, the football bouncing through off the crossbar. Hoover also had a 37-yarder on Greencastle's second offensive possession for a 10-0 lead.

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"We were fired up," said junior Devon Schaeffer, who scored three times. "It was Homecoming and the coaches had us well-prepared for Shippensburg."

With the big setup to begin, quarterback Brett Meyers hit Brandon Trefelner on a 23-yard play to the Shippensburg 5. Tyler Szaflarski followed with a 5-yard rumble up the middle and it was about to become Greencastle's rumble.

The Blue Devils made it 17-0 with 45 seconds remaining in the opening quarter when Schaeffer scored from 1 yard out, a drive in which he gained 23 yards rushing.

"The linemen won the battle tonight," said Schaeffer. "They blocked so well and I just worked off of them."

After a personal foul on 3rd-and-1 took Shippensburg out of its offense, forcing a punt from its own 14.

Schaeffer took the 31-yard boot and looked like he had a GPS inside his helmet. He eluded all of the white shirts on the way to a 45-yard run to paydirt.

With 94 seconds remaining in the half, Meyers hit Brandon Trefelner on a 30-yard pass play in the right flat. Trefelner used a big block from Joshua Short to work the last 10 yards.

The Blue Devils' defense was aggressive to the ball and stingy allowing yardage in the first half. Shippensburg (1-2) had generated minus-26 yards on the ground and only 43 passing.

Greg Williams' 98-yard kickoff return was about an 11-second dash for the speedster for Shippensburg's lone bright spot to open the second half.

The Blue Devils finished the evening off with 17 points in the fourth period.

Reading his blockers, Schaeffer broke left away from Greyhounds defenders and scooted 19 yards for a score.

On 3rd-and-22 for Shippensburg, Short stepped in front of a Zach Dubbs pass and scored from the 24 with 9:31 to play and setting off a running clock.

Hoover's long field goal culminated the scoring. Nathan Pool also added six PAT kicks.

"We scored early and that probably took the sails out of them," said Tinninis. "We wanted to get up early on them."

The Blue Devils ended with 230 yards rushing, 80 by Schaeffer.

Only a late 28-yard run by Shippensburg put the Greyhounds in positive numbers on the ground, finishing with nine yards rushing and 73 yards of offense overall.

Greencastle 48, Shippensburg 7

G--Tyler Szaflarski 5 run (Nathan Pool kick)

G--Christian Hoover 37 field goal

G--Devin Schaeffer 1 run (Pool kick)

G--Schaeffer 45 punt return (Pool kick)

G--Brandon Trefelner 30 pass from Brett Meyers (Pool kick)

S--Greg Williams 98 kickoff return (Mike Lloyd kick)

G--Schaeffer 19 run (Pool kick)

G--Joshua Short 24 interception return (Pool kick)

G--Hoover 47 field goal

Shippensburg0070--7Greencastle1714017--48ShippGAFirst downs514Rushes-yards27-943-230Passing yards6473Comp-Att-Int4-13-24-9-1Total offense40-7352-303Punts-avg.6-30.70-0Penalties-yards4-306-40Fumbles-lost1-10-0
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