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Blue Devils put Indians away in a snap

October 31, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In a snap, all fortune changed for the Waynesboro football team.

The same thing could be said for Greencastle-Antrim.

A low snap on a Waynesboro punt ignited Greencastle's offense, starting a run of three touchdowns in the final 4:27 of the first half, to lift the Blue Devils out of a funk for a 34-0 victory to ruin the Indians' Senior Day festivities.

Brett Meyers threw for two scores and Devin Schaeffer ran for his first of two touchdowns as the Blue Devils went from zero to a 21-0 halftime lead. Greencastle emphasized the point by scoring on the second-half kickoff.

"Those talking heads on TV say the last 5 1/2 minutes of the first half and the first 5 1/2 of the second half are the most important ones of a game," said Waynesboro coach Darwin Seiler. "That's what it was tonight."

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It was a win that righted the ship for the Blue Devils, who had lost two straight after winning their first six. It ended a two-game winning streak for the Indians, who had lost their first six.

The two teams battled to a scoreless tie for the first 19 minutes, 33 seconds of the game. It took an odd break to crack the dam for Greencastle.

On a fourth-and-9 at the Greencastle 49, Waynesboro punter Shane McFerren was deep and received a snap that skipped the ground. McFerren went to one knee to keep the ball from getting by him, but when he gained possession, the play was whistled dead for a 13-yard loss.

Meyers took over and hit Denton Ensminger, who laid out for the catch in the end zone, for a 14-yard score to end a four-play drive and put Greencastle on the board.

"(The snap) kind of got the ball rolling," said Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis. "I thought we were moving the ball well, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. The kids just hung in there."

The sequence shook the Blue Devils loose and turned the game in their favor.

Greencastle's defense stopped Waynesboro on a three-and-out, but the Indians punted the ball to the Blue Devils 25 with 2:08 remaining. Meyers got the Blue Devils out of the hole with a 45-yard pass to Ensminger. Schaeffer ran in from the 5 six plays later to make it 14-0.

The kicking game helped Greencastle again on the ensuing kickoff. Christian Hoover tried to kick the ball on the ground to prevent a long return. It bounced off one of Waynesboro's frontmen and the Blue Devils recovered on the Indians 49 with 40 seconds remaining.

Meyers hit Chad Miller with a 40-yard pass and then found Denver Cordell over the middle for a 9-yard score with 24 seconds remaining for the 21-0 lead.

"That second score gave us momentum and then recovering that kick only gave us more momentum," Tinninis said. "Our offense did a great job getting downfield."

It was a killer for the Indians, who had the ball at the Greencastle 20 after a bad punt snap, but failed to move the ball and missed on a 37-yard field goal that would have given them a 3-0 lead.

"They took advantage of their opportunities," Seiler said. "We had opportunities, too, but we didn't take advantage of them. (The Blue Devils) are what they are. They hold the ball and run it. It really hurt because they got the ball to start the second half."

Greencastle turned the second-half kickoff into a 65-yard drive that lasted 4:42 and was capped with a 15-yard score by Brent Trefelner. The Blue Devils put the finishing touches on the game with a 17-yard run by Schaeffer in the fourth quarter.

Greencastle, in its final regular-season game, rolled up 419 yards of offense with Meyers throwing for 189 yards and Schaeffer rushing for 101 yards on 19 carries. Waynesboro finished with 121 yards of offense, 33 rushing and 88 passing by Jesse Mowen.

"We want to have another home game for our seniors," Tinninis said. "So we hope it will be in the playoffs."

Greencastle 34, Waynesboro 0

G -- Denton Ensminger 14 pass from Brett Meyers (Nathan Pool kick)
G -- Devin Schaeffer 5 run (Pool kick)
G -- Denver Cordell 9 pass from Meyers (Pool kick)
G -- Brandon Trefelner 15 run (Pool kick)
G -- Schaeffer 17 run (kick failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Greencastle: Schaeffer 19-101, Cordell 1-45, Szaflarski 11-44, Trefelner 4-36, Pfannebecker 5-14, Statler 3-9, Meyers 2-5, Team 2-(minus 22); Waynesboro: Atkinson 7-33, Blubaugh 4-10, Wade 14-9, Mowen 2-(minus 6), Team 1-(minus 13).
PASSING -- Greencastle: Meyers 10-13-0 186; Waynesboro: Mowen 8-21-0 88.
RECEIVING -- Greencastle: Ensminger 2-59, Miller 2-52, Schaeffer 3-36, Trefelner 1-17, Short 1-13, Cordell 1-9; Waynesboro: Yoder 3-46, Blubaugh 1-19, Atkinson 1-12, Beck 1-10, Miller 1-10, Nichols 1-4.

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