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Football preview: Time to hit the road for Blue Devils

It has been a nice, smooth start for the Greencastle-Antrim football team on its way to a 4-0 record.

Logan Shifflett

Things will get more difficult starting this week with a Thursday night game at East Pennsboro at 7 p.m.

The last three Blue Devil games have been played at Kaley Field, but four of the team’s final six games are on the road, and they’re against a pretty good slate of Mid Penn Colonial teams.

G-A coach Devin McCauley said, “It’s always a challenge to play at East Penn. I think we match up well with them, but we’ll need to equal the emotion of last week (35-21 win over Waynesboro) and hope we travel well.”

The Blue Devils have gotten to 4-0 with a strong, balanced offense, a scrappy defense and good special teams play that has included three returns for scores by Austin Wyand.

Tavon Cooper has already rolled up 697 yards on the ground on 68 carries (10.25 average) for seven touchdowns and he’s caught five passes for 51 more.

Wyand has gained 137 yards and a TD and Darren Kline has run for 94 yards and two scores. Seth Stouffer (9 catches, 212 yards, 4 TDs) is a home-run threat at wideout.

And quarterback Logan Alvey has connected on 23 of 39 passes (59%) for 433 yards, six TDs and just one interception.

On defense, Greencastle has produced four fumble recoveries and three interceptions, and 11 different players have been in on sacks.

Logan Shiflett leads in tackles with 28 — the inside linebacker had 11 last week. Blake Diller has 27 tackles and Parker Funk has five sacks.

McCauley said, “Shifflett played really well on defense last week. He’s a player, for sure, and we get him back next year.”

The Blue Devils will face a Panthers offense that will rotate Keith Oates and Dalota Campbell between quarterback and running back. Oates has thrown 27 times with 10 completions for 164 yards and two scores, and has run 51 times for 202 yards. Campbell is 5-for-13 passing for 33 yards and a TD, and has 53 carries for 194 yards and a score.

“When one guy is the quarterback, the other is the running back,” McCauley said. “Oates is a little bigger of the two and Campbell is the best athlete — they try to get him the ball in different situations.”

RB Aaron Angelo also has 39 carries for 169 yards and has caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

McCauley said, “East Penn is a solid team and pretty athletic, and will challenge us with plenty of formation changes. Their defensive line is pretty good, too.”

NOTES: The game will be available on live stream on MidPennBroadcasting.com and WRGG.org … East Pennsboro is 3-1, with wins over York Suburban, Palmyra and Milton Hershey, and a Colonial defeat to Gettysburg (27-11) last week … G-A has converted 60% of its third-down plays … Jackson Eby has averaged 41.25 yards on his four punts.

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