GREENCASTLE — Greencastle-Antrim football coach Devin McCauley had to think for a few seconds when asked if there was anything negative in Friday night’s game.
He finally settled on his team having too many penalties (5 for 53 yards). But just about everything else went the Blue Devils’ way and they coasted to a 35-0 non-league victory over Delone Catholic at Kaley Field.
The defense pitched a shutout, allowing the Squires only 134 yards of total offense. Delone reached the G-A 39 on its first possession of the game and never got any closer.
The Blue Devil offense piled up 405 yards — 253 on the ground and 152 through the air. Tavon Cooper ran 11 times for 132 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Logan Alvey connected on 8 of 10 passes for 152 yards and a pair of long scoring passes to Seth Stouffer.
“This was a good team win, a complete win,” McCauley said. “The defense gave up a couple of things early, but we fixed that. We got to the ball and tackled well.”
The victory put Greencastle at 3-0 before they open Mid Penn Colonial Division play at home vs. Waynesboro next Friday.
The Blue Devils broke a scoreless tie on their second possession, taking eight running plays to move 83 yards. Cooper had runs of 28 and 25 and Darren Kline bulled in from the 3 for the score. Jackson Eby kicked the first of his five extra points.
The next series turned out to be huge. On first down, Delone tried a screen pass, but G-A lineman Jace Szaflarski broke into the backfield and swatted down the pass from Denver Ostrum.
Two plays later, the Squires muffed the snap and Szaflarski dove on the ball at the Delone 33.
Szaflarski said, “I saw their lineman go downfield, so I figured a screen was coming, because we saw that on film. I just got my hand up. They just fumbled the ball on the snap and it was right there to fall on.”
His plays became even bigger when Alvey lofted a 33-yard TD pass to Stouffer, who had gotten behind the secondary, on the next play, and it was 14-0.
“That touchdown put us up two scores and we just went from there,” Szaflarski said. “Being 3-0 just shows the hard work we’ve done is paying off.”
By halftime, G-A made it 21-0, with Cooper taking a direct snap and scoring from 10 yards out.
Greencastle put it away to start the second half. Cooper returned the kickoff 47 yards to the Delone 40, and Kline finished off the drive with a 5-yard score. The final score came with 5:54 left in the third, a 41-yard perfectly thrown ball from Alvey to Stouffer.
McCauley said, “Their defense gave us some different looks, but we made some adjustments that worked. We just grinded it out in the second half.”
Cooper gained 132 yards on the ground, another 47 in the air, plus the kickoff return.
“We try to get Cooper the ball and he can make guys miss. He’s a special player. And the guys up front did a nice job tonight.”
Greencastle-Antrim 35, Delone Catholic 0
Delone Catholic 0 0 0 0 — 0
Greencastle 0 21 14 0 — 35
GA — Darren Kline 3 run (Jackson Eby kick), 9:40
GA — Seth Stouffer 33 pass from Logan Alvey (Eby kick), 8:48
GA — Tavon Cooper 10 run (Eby kick), 3:41
GA — Kline 5 run (Eby kick), 9:57
GA — Stouffer 41 pass from Alvey (Eby kick), 5:64
First downs 10 18
Rushes-yards 34-74 32-253
Passing 8-16-0 8-11-0
Passing yards 60 152
Total offense 134 405
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Punts-average 6-30.7 2-35.0
Penalties-yards 1-5 5-53
Rushing — DC, Brady Dettinburn 13-49, Ruder Noel 10-24, Dominic Giraffa 2-6, Colby Noel 1-4, Braden Smith 1-1, Denver Ostrum 3-(-4), Zach Staub 1-(-6). G-A, Cooper 11-132, Austin Wyand 4-34, Garrett Blubaugh 3-28, Kline 7-25, Logan Shifflett 4-16, Cody Ferree 2-10, Carter Coons 1-5, Isaiah Miller 1-3.
Passing — DC, Ostrum 7-14-0-40, Staub 1-2-0-20. G-A, Alvey 8-10-0-152, Conner wright 0-1-0-0.
Receiving — DC, R.Noel 3-36, Landon Smith 3-17, Giraffa 2-7. G-A, Stouffer 3-81, Cooper 2-47, Eby 1-11, Klinei 1-9, Wyand 1-4.