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Waynesboro wins defensive battle over Northern York

It wasn’t pretty, and it didn’t have to be.

The Waynesboro Indians grinded out a home Mid Penn Colonial Division football victory over Northern 13-0 on Friday evening. With high winds and annoying rain at times, points were at a premium

A 1-yard run by Waynesboro quarterback Brady Riddell got the Indians (2-3, 1-1 MPC) on the board with a first-quarter touchdown, and a few minutes later Brady Beckner broke a 55-yard run for the Indians' final touchdown, also the last score by either team.

As the weather continued to worsen, it became obvious it was going to be tough to move the ball in the air for both teams. All of the Indians' 260 yards of offense came on the ground.

“We tried to throw it a couple times," Indians coach Steve Myers said. "The rain wasn’t that much of a factor, but the wind was blowing hard. We came in wanting to do both passing and running, but the weather kind of determined what we did.”

Despite not completing a pass, the Indians ran the ball well and the defense kept Northern off the scoreboard. Polar Bears QB Curtis Robison completed only 2 of 15 passes for 33 yards and Cameron Keck picked off one of his passes.

Myers said, “We got done what we needed to get done, I always talk about all three phases of the game and tonight we did all well. We played especially good defense tonight. You can’t beat a shutout and we will take it. We came in wanting to contain the quarterback and we were able to do that. Game planning was solid tonight.”

Northern threatened the Indians a couple of times in the second half, but couldn’t turn steady drives into points. Northern twice got in the red zone, knocking on the door, but Waynesboro came up with big stops.

Forrest Rhyne of Waynesboro blocked a field goal attempt late in the third quarter that potentially could have given Northern some much needed momentum.

Midway through the fourth, with Northern again at the doorstep, it was Rhyne again who came up big for Waynesboro, hurrying a pass play on fourth-and-goal from the 5. After that turnover on downs, the Indians were able to put together a solid drive that melted the last 6 minutes off the clock.

Waynesboro will hope to keep the momentum going when it headsto West Perry next week, while Northern York (2-3, 0-2 MPC) hopes to rebound at home against James Buchanan.

Waynesboro 13, Northern York 0 

Northern _ 0 _ 0 _ 0 _ 0 _ — _ 0

Waynesboro _ 13 _ 0 _ 0 _ 0 _ — _ 13

First Quarter

W — Brady Riddell 1 run (Trenton Shetler kick), 6:38

W — Brady Beckner 55 run (kick failed), 0:37

Team Statistics

_ NY _ Way

First downs _ 8 _ 10

Rushes-yards _ 37-128 _ 46-230

Passing _ 2-15-1 _ 0-3-0

Passing yards _ 33 _ 0

Total yards _ 161 _ 230

Punts _ 6 _ 4

Fumbles-lost _ 2-0 _ 3-1

Penalties-yards _ 7-55 _ 8-75

Individual Statistics

Rushing — NY: Kyle Swartz 13-28, Curtis Robison 13-77, Wyatt Lewis 5-23. Way: Beckner 15-149, Dylan Cummins 8-18, Mason Frampton 6-31, Forrest Rhyne 8-27, Riddell 5-5.

Passing — NY: Robison 2-15-1-33. Way: Riddell 0-3-0-0.

Receiving — NY: AJ Lodovici 1-18, Jake Coover 1-15.

Interceptions — Way: Cameron Keck.