FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Northern brings balanced attack to face Blue Devils

                                                                        GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM BLUE DEVILS AT NORTHERN YORK POLAR BEARS
Game info: Greencastle at Northern … Friday, 7 p.m. at Bostic Stadium … Mid Penn Colonial game.
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Elijah Britner

Last week: The Blue Devils (3-4, 1-3 MPC) were outlasted 28-24 by Mechanicsburg … RB Tavon Cooper had 130 yards between rushing and receiving yardage … S Ethan Shank and LB Logan Shifflett led in tackles, and S Lorcan Wright made 3 sacks … G-A coach Devin McCauley said, “Elijah Britner dominated up front on the defensive line. He had his best game of the year and was hard to block.” … Northern (4-2, 2-1 MPC) lost a showdown of unbeaten teams in the division to Shippensburg, 21-3.
The Blue Devils: “The key for us is to go there, have a fast start and finish drives,” McCauley said. “We had three good drives end on a sack, a penalty and a bad snap last week, so we didn’t capitalize on those drives. We have to be able to put points on the board to give us a chance this week.” … QB Taylor Conrad is coming off an injury and should be able to play this week … He has hit on 25 of 44 passes (57%) for 309 yards and 3 TDs … Andrew Kerns (26-54, 48%, 439 yards, 4 TDs) may also play … Cooper has rushed 72 times for 503 yards and caught 15 balls for 177 yards … David Niebauer has 91 carries for 423 yards … Brady Diller has 9 catches for 134 yards and 3 TDs, Shank has 7 for 217 yards and 3 TDs, and Jackson Eby has 7 for 95 yards … Wright has 89 tackles and 5 for loss … Shank has 64 tackles and LB Jake Yelton has 57 … Parker Funk leads with 4 sacks.
The Polar Bears: Northern relies on a strong running attack, but is balanced … QB Timothy Bodin has connected on 49 of 86 passes (57%) for 661 yards, 8 TDs and 3 picks … RBs are Talon Balluscio (79-431, 4 TDs) and Cole Bartram (55-342, 4) … The top receivers are Trenton Peach (17-164, 2 TDs), Ayden Digrugilliers (11-205, 1 TD) and Mason Yohn (6-157, 5 TDs) … McCauley said, “(Bartram) is the running back we have to stop, and Yohn is a pretty good receiver and kicker. They like to run and then do play action, and they do a lot of different things.”
Coach’s viewpoint: McCauley said, “Our defense has to stop their power-I. If we don’t, they’ll be able to do lots of other things. And we have to finish our drives and score points.”

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