GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Chuck Tinninis was a little concerned how his club would react after its meltdown in the season-opener at Chambersburg last week.
But the Greencastle-Antrim football coach was all smiles after the Blue Devils throttled Boiling Springs on Friday night.
“We didn’t make any adjustments,” said Tinninis. “I just told them to suck it up, and they did.”
Greencastle’s defense was a big reason for the smiles, holding the Bubblers to just 79 yards of total offense, including minus-seven yards in the second half.
The Blue Devils (1-1) didn’t hurt themselves on the other side of the ball, gaining 279 yards on the ground, with David Woody leading the way. The junior fullback pounded out 93 yards on 18 carries, and three touchdowns.
“We had the entire right side of our offensive line out (with injuries),” said Tinninis. “We had two new guys in there, and they did a heck of a job.”
The Blue Devils drove 73 yards on their opening series, with Jackson Hall running it in from 10 yards out. Justin Hovey made it 10-0 on Greencastle’s next series with a 30-yard field goal, and Woody made it 17-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 5-yard run.
Meanwhile, Boiling Springs had yet to record a first down, going three-and-out on its first two possessions.
But the Bubblers mounted a 67-yard march late in the first half, and cut the Blue Devils lead to 17-7 with 1:01 remaining on a 9-yard pass from Dalton Showaker to Tyler Wise.
Greencastle’s offense bogged down in the third period — “There were a couple missed assignments, and a couple mental mistakes,” said Tinninis — but got back on track to open the fourth quarter with a seven-play, 64-yard drive, with Woody barreling over from the 4.
After Greencastle’s Sam Sprague recovered a Boiling Springs fumble on the ensuing possession, Woody capped a 26-yard, three-play march with a 2-yard run.
Blue Devils quarterback Matthew Montedoro completed 7 of 14 passes for 94 yards on the game, including a 34-yarder to Bailey Parker to set up Greencastle’s second touchdown.