Football preview: G-A taking on the unknown this week

Football coaches don’t necessarily like it when they don’t know a whole lot about their opponent.

That’s the situation for Devin McCauley and the Greencastle-Antrim staff this week when they host non-league foe Berkeley Springs, W.Va. at Kaley Field at 7 p.m.

Jace Szaflarski

Fortunately, the reverse is also true — the Indians’ coaches don’t know a lot about G-A, either.

That’s what happens when schools meet on the football field for the first time in many, many years.

“We saw the film of their scrimmage and their game last week (a 54-28 loss to Petersburg, W.Va.), but it’s hard to gauge anything because we don’t know those other teams,” McCauley said.

“It’s unique when you play somebody out of the league and out of state. But at least we’ll be happy to be playing at home for the first time. We always have a good atmosphere here.”

Berkeley Springs quarterback Connor Duvall threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns last week, and added some decent runs. Wide receiver Gavin Young also had a good game, returning a kickoff 85 yards for a score and snagging TD passes from Duvall of 24 and 80 yards, displaying some good moves after the catch.

McCauley said, “The quarterback is an athlete and he does a lot of quarterback runs. That’s one thing we need to stop. Their line has some size, too.”

The Blue Devil staff was pleased with its defense last week in a 28-13 win over Big Spring, particularly the fact that they shut the Bulldogs out in the second half.

The game turned late in the first half when Austin Wyand returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and on the following kickoff, G-A recovered a Big Spring fumble, leading to a score and a 21-13 halftime lead.

“We faced some adversity, getting behind twice in the first half,” McCauley said, “and I thought we responded really well. It’s great that the special teams scored once and set up another score with that turnover.”

What the Blue Devils’ offense is likely to see this week is a lot of pressure coming its way.

“They like to blitz a lot,” McCauley said, “so we need to be sound in making our play calls, to adjust to their aggressive nature.”

One G-A player who will help in that regard is offensive guard Jace Szaflarski, of whom McCauley said, “He had a solid game last week and led the team in pancake blocks.”

NOTES: The game will be live-streamed on … The results of this game will not count in the District 3 power rankings (out of state teams are not factored in) … Greencastle was looking for a Week 2 game and was contacted by Berkeley Springs.


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