FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Short week for Greencastle gets even shorter

Gage Smith

Game info: The Blue Devils play a rare Thursday night game against the Falcons at Hersheypark Stadium at 7 p.m. … Non-league game.
Media: Live stream available on and
Last week: Greencastle (0-1) is probably still feeling the sting of a 16-14 loss to Chambersburg that felt like an almost-certain victory until a near touchdown for G-A turned into a stunning fumble and touchback inside the last 2 minutes … Ethan Shank’s blocked punt and recovery at the Trojan 5 set up Greencastle for a potential game-winning score … Lower Dauphin did not play last week — its game at Middletown was postponed and rescheduled for Nov. 5.
The Blue Devils: G-A turned in an excellent first half against Chambersburg and held a 14-0 lead … “For the most part we ran the ball effectively, except for a couple of times when they got the better of us,” Greencastle coach Devin McCauley said. “And the defense played well other than a couple of series. And our special teams were good. Overall, I thought we played well.” … An already short week due to the Thursday game got even shorter thanks to the remnants of Ida passing through on Wednesday — the school closed, so practice was canceled … McCauley said, “We had an idea it might happen, so we tried to push everything into one and a half days. We worked on both offense and defense (Tuesday). We’re missing two days of a normal week, but we have a veteran team and they’ve handled it well.” … McCauley said that Shank was named the player of the game, and lauded center Gage Smith for his play.
The Falcons: LD will be a bit of a mystery to the G-A staff … Not only did the Falcons not play last week, but they have a new coach in Josh Borelli … The only info McCauley has is from a film of a scrimmage vs. Central York … LD had a 1-5 record last year … These teams were scheduled to play last year for the first time, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.
Coach’s viewpoint: McCauley said, “We don’t have much to go on, so it was harder to draw up a game plan, and I’m sure they got to see the live stream of our game. But I’d much rather have already played a game than just have film on them. We got a chance to get the first-game jitters out. Now we just have to execute better and that’ll be the best way to get over Friday’s game.”

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