East Penn drops Greencastle from unbeaten ranks

ENOLA — A bevy of turnovers in the first half and poor field position in the second half, along with facing a strong rushing attack from East Pennsboro, led to the end of Greencastle-Antrim’s football win streak.

Parker Funk

The Blue Devils fell 30-13 to the Panthers in a Mid Penn Colonial matchup Thursday night at East Penn.

Greencastle (4-1, 1-1 MPC) trailed 23-7 after one quarter and could never cut into the deficit.

G-A coach Devin McCauley said, “As bad as we played in the first half — with three turnovers and giving up a special teams touchdown — we were still in the game entering the second half.”

An early fumble gave East Penn field position, but the Greencastle defense held the Panthers to a field goal. A Blue Devil drive, ending in a 1-yard run by quarterback Logan Alvey, gave G-A a 7-3 lead.

But it didn’t last. Dalota Campbell returned the kickoff 85 yards and the Panthers (4-1, 1-1 MPC) never trailed again.

“We had a nice answer early to the turnover and field goal with our touchdown drive,” McCauley said.

The Blue Devils lost two more fumbles in the first half in the rain, and East Penn tacked on two more touchdowns before the first quarter ended, a 1-yard run by Keith Oates and Campbell’s 5-yard run, to take a 23-7 lead.

It remained that same score until a sustained drive by East Penn that culminated with an 18-yard run by Campbell early in the fourth quarter sealed the deal.

Greencastle’s offense was pinned deep several times after punts by Campbell, so even after a few first downs, they were not able to get into scoring range.

It wasn’t until late in the game that Alvey connected for a touchdown pass of 31 yards to Seth Stouffer — the fifth of the season for that connection — for Greencastle’s  final points.

McCauley said, “I thought the defense came out in the second half and played with energy, to the level we’re capable of. Stouffer, (Parker) Funk and (Logan) Shifflett played well on defense.”

Alvey completed 16 of 23 passes for 151 yards, with one interception. Tavon Cooper ran for 82 yards on 24 carries, but the Panthers kept him mostly bottled up.

Stouffer had 4 catches for 61 yards and Austin Wyand caught 8 passes for 59 yards.

“We struggled to find a rhythm on offense,” McCauley said, “but I was happy with how our kids battled to the end. We need to regroup and put this behind us and get back to work preparing for Northern next Friday.”

NOTES: Jackson Eby and Stouffer each made an interception for Greencastle … Eby booted a 71-yard punt in the second half … The Blue Devils fumbled four times in the first half and lost three of them.

East Pennsboro 30, Greencastle 13
Greencastle             7     0     0     6     —     13
East Pennsboro     23    0     0     7     —     30
First Quarter
EP — Keith Oates 29 field goal
GA — Logan Alvey 1 run (Jackson Eby kick)
EP — Dalota Campbell  85 kickoff return (Oates kick)
EP — Oates 1 run (kick failed)
EP — Campbell 5 run (Oates kick)
Fourth Quarter
EP — Oates 18 run (Oates kick)
GA — Seth Stouffer 31 pass from Alvey (pass failed)
Greencastle Stat Leaders
Rushing — Tavon Cooper 24-82.
Passing — Alvey 16-23-151-1.
Receiving — Stouffer 4-61, Austin Wyand 8-59.


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