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Wade pools yardage to lift Indians

October 24, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- On a football field that looked more like a wading pool, Waynesboro tailback Greg Wade was clearly in his element.

The Indians senior slogged for 172 yards on 40 carries and three touchdowns on Friday to drown Red Land 23-9 in a Mid-Penn Colonial game.

According to Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler, the soggy conditions worked to the Indians' advantage.

"In all honesty, the weather took away some of our running game," said Seiler. "But we're certainly used to playing in these conditions. And (the Patriots) have a turf field."

The Indians ground attack didn't suffer too much. The Indians still gained 194 yards rushing, including 114 in the second half.

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"We ran the ball real well Monday night, and we ran the ball real well tonight," said Seiler. "On a night like tonight, a good running game will cure a lot of ills."

Waynesboro (2-6, 1-3) certainly ran the ball well enough in the opening series, driving 75 yards on 16 plays to take a 7-0 edge.

Four plays later, Red Land punter Adam Keller chased a bad snap into his own end zone before being tackled by Jeff Donoughe and a host of Indians defenders for a safety and a quick 9-0 advantage that helped set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Facing a stout Waynesboro defense that was able to throttle the Patriots' running attack, Red Land was eventually forced to put the ball in the air much more than would normally be advised in the windy, wet conditions. The result was three Indians interceptions, including a pair by Corbin Yoder.

After a Brandon Robinson fumble recovery set up Wade's second TD late in the second quarter, Red Land managed to get on the board on a 10-play drive that took just 70 seconds with Keller hitting a 30-yard field goal at the half ended.

The Indians added an insurance touchdown after Red Land mishandled a Waynesboro punt, as Wade scampered in from the 3.

A Waynesboro fumble at its own 2 set up the final score of a game, a 1-yard sneak by Patriots quarterback Brad Medellin.

The teams combined for 14 fumbles and a total of six turnovers, thanks in part to the miserable weather conditions.

Red Land (3-5, 1-3) was limited to just 32 yards rushing.

Waynesboro 23, Red Land 9

W--Greg Wade 6 run (David Eigenbrode kick)
W--Safety, Jeff Donoughe, tackled Adam Keller in endzone
W--Wade 2 run (Eigenbrode kick)
R--Keller 30 FG
W--Wade 16 run (Eigenbrode kick)
R--Brad Medellin 1 run (kick failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Red Land, Diller 13-38, Keller 1-(-25), Medellin 12-18, Chester 1-1. Waynesboro, Wade 40-172, Atkinson 5-12, Miller 1-13,  Mowen 5-(-9).

PASSING--Red Land, Medellin 8-22-79-3. Waynesboro - Mowen 1-3-1-0.

RECEIVING--Red Land, Keller 2-12, Gay 2-5, Diller 2-24, Howard 1-13, Scaramazzino 1-9. Waynesboro, Yoder 1-1.

Red Land0306--9Waynesboro9707--23RedWayFirst downs1214Rushes-yards27-3252-194Passing yards791Comp-Att-Int8-22-21-3-0Total offense35-11155-195Punts-avg.3-36.33-23.7Penalties-yards6-498-72Fumbles-lost7-27-3
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