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High School Football: Devils dominate in the second half

September 21, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Greencastle-Antrim football team broke the bank on Friday.

The Blue Devils went all in in the second half and won the Gettysburg lottery.

Greencastle turned up the defense and put the Warriors in pause mode by running up 35 second-half points to end a run of 43 straight to notch a 50-3 win in its Mid Penn Colonial opener.

“Gettysburg took more chances in the second half and when you do that, turnovers happen,” Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis said.

Those chances came up lemons for the Warriors and hit the jackpot for the Blue Devils.

Greencastle (3-1, 1-0) turned three second-half turnovers into quick scores. It did most of that by holding Gettysburg to minus-47 yards in 18 plays in the final 24 minutes.

“We put some nice pressure on,” Tinninis said. “(Linebacker Stephen) Ernharth was in their backfield all night. I was pleased with the defense. It played well.”

It all made for easy work for the offense, which started five of its scoring drives in Warriors territory and returned a fourth-quarter fumble 23 yards for a sixth score.

Quarterback Austin Scott and running back Hunter Szaflarski each ran for two touchdowns.

Scott got his two in the second half when he decided to pull down the ball and run. The first capped Greencastle’s first possession in the second half with a 39-yard run where he spun out of a tackle and took off straight to the end zone to give the Blue Devils a 22-3 lead. He also ran in on a 13-yard sweep to finish with 113 yards in seven carries.

“That’s what happens when the other guys get covered,” Tinninis said. “We want him to pull the ball down and run with it. He throws the ball well, but we want him to make plays with his legs. He’s an athlete.”

Szarfiarski ran 4 yards for Greencastle’s first score of the game to cap a 39-yard opening drive. He added a 27-yard run in the third quarter as the Blue Devils began to pull away at 36-3 en route to 70 yards on four carries.

Chris Eadie scooped up a fumble after a Gettysburg reception and returned it 23 yards for the Devils’ second-to-last score.

Ashton Byers scored from the 14 to give Greencastle its 15-3 halftime lead and Justin Smalls added a 9-yard run to cap the scoring. Scott ran in a two-point conversion and Luke Bitner added six extra points to cap the scoring roll call.

Gettysburg’s only score was a 26-yard Dakota Myers field goal that moved the Warriors within 7-3 with 2:19 to go in the first quarter.

Greencastle rolled up 368 yards of offense, including 315 on the ground. Gettysburg ended with 138 yards, after rolling up 185 in the first half.

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