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Daniel Boone has Greencastle's number again

November 14, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- By now, Greencastle-Antrim has seen enough of Daniel Boone when it comes to playoff football.

For the second time in three years, and at Kaley Field no less, Daniel Boone put an end to the Blue Devils' season with a 35-7 victory Friday night in the opening round of the PIAA District 3 Class AAA playoffs.

It marked the end for 25 Greencastle seniors on a team that finished the year losing three of four after a 6-0 start.

"It truly was a year in which I liked every kid on this team," said G-A coach Chuck Tinninis. "I see good in all of them. And tonight, when we were down 28-0 at halftime, these kids came out and played hard in the second half."

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Daniel Boone (9-2) displayed a balanced attack from a variety of formations with quarterback Jonathan Monteiro under center and out of the shotgun, often running plays to the opposite side of three-receiver sets.

"I thought we were prepared for what they do and the kids were pumped up," said Tinninis. "We had a good week of practice."

The Blue Devils had not played since beating Waynesboro on Oct. 30, and Tinninis offered no excuses for the idle week.

After Greencastle opened the game with a three-and-out, the Blazers answered emphatically with a 60-yard drive. Monteiro hooked up with halfback Brian Evans, who came out of the backfield to snare a pass and race 21 yards for a score with 6:31 left in the first quarter.

The Blue Devils looked ready to answer as Tyler Szaflarski and Devon Schaeffer combined to march into Daniel Boone territory. But Greencastle's drive stalled at the Blazers 31 with two incompletions.

Christian Hoover lined up for what would have been a 47-yard field goal, but Daniel Boone's Mitchell Stead blocked the kick and Justin Kline caught the ball and sped 69 yards for a back-breaking touchdown. Monteiro added a two-point conversion run.

"(Daniel Boone) was opportunistic and caught an early break and that sort of killed us," said Tinninis. "It was typical of how the night went."

Early in the second quarter, after holding the Blazers on downs, Greencastle worked from its 46. Schaeffer caught a 4-yard screen pass from Brett Meyers, but had the football ripped out of his hands just before hitting the ground.

Daniel Boone scored on a third-and-15 seven plays later on an 18-yard pass from Monteiro to Kelly Saylor on a perfectly-timed lob pass into the corner of the end zone.

As the first half ticked down, Greencastle continued to move the ball before Stead sacked Meyers for a 7-yard loss on fourth down.

That was plenty of time for the Blazers to march 63 yards as Monteiro hit three quick completions, the final a 20-yard strike to Saylor on the exact same play as the first TD toss.

Daniel Boone opened the second half with a 59-yard screen pass from Monteiro to Evans for a 35-0 lead, starting a running clock.

The Blue Devils avoided the shutout with 4:56 remaining in the game when Szaflarski raced 50 yards around right end for a touchdown.

Statistics did not suggest a blowout. Greencastle outrushed the Blazers 160-129, with Szaflarski running 11 times for 98 yards.

But Monteiro was solid for Boone, hitting on 10 of 17 passes for 183 yards and also rushing 10 times for a team-high 54 yards.

"We had a good year," said Tinninis. "We had a lot of seniors that came so far in their four years."

The next time Greencastle returns to Kaley Field, it will be to host Chambersburg in 2010.

Daniel Boone 35, Greencastle 7

DB--Brian Evans 21 pass from Jonathan Monteiro (kick blocked)
DB--Justin Kline 69 return on blocked FG (Monteiro run)
DB--Kelly Syalor 18 pass from Monteiro (Bernie Roell kick)
DB--Saylor 20 pass from Monteiro (Roell kick)
DB--Evans 59 pass from Monteiro (Roell kick)
GA--Tyler Szaflarski 50 run (Nathan Pool kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Daniel Boone, Monteiro 10-54, Ortiz 4-33, Evans 7-27, Stoffers 5-13, Willman 2-6, Gelband 2-(minus 2), Nguyen 2-(minus 2); Greencastle, Szaflarski 11-98, Schaeffer 13-64, Trefelner 2-5, Meyers 2-(minus 7).
PASSING--Daniel Boone, Monteiro, 10-17-183-1; Greencastle, Meyers 6-19-95-1.
RECEIVING--Daniel Boone, Saylor 5-77, Evans 2-80, Bodolus, 2-21, Van Horn 1-5; Greencastle, Szaflarski, 2-24, Schaeffer 2-11, Ensminger 1-9, Trefelner 1-30.
Records: Daniel Boone 9-2; Greencastle-Antrim 7-3.

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