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Hardhitting in Gettysburg.
J. C. Tilton

Tri-County North had a hard fought game against the National Trail Blazers on Friday. The Blazers did a fair job of keeping the potent North running attack under control during the first half. Granted injuries have decimated the North line, but the Blazer defense really seemed to swarm to the ball. Most of the gains were by Linder running keepers in the opening drives of the game. The Trail defense seemed to bend but not break - allowing North into their territory, but tightening up and forcing North to give up the ball on downs on their first two possessions.

The score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Three of the first 4 drives of Trail were ended by fumbles. The Blazers were able to move the chains, but the turnovers would catch up to them in the second quarter. Thanks to a short field from a Trail turnover, Linder connected with Ferguson for the first score of the night. The extra point play added a little excitement. The snap was one hopped to the holder who couldn't get a handle on the ball. He threw up a floater to the endzone that was caught by Sam Mullens to put North up 8-0.

North's third drive of the quarter started at midfield thanks to another fumble by Trail. Since the running game was ineffective, North elected to take to the air again. This time Landis took the snap and hirled a complete pass down field to Ferguson for an apparent first down at about the 20. But a holding penalty called this one back. What to do for an encore - run the same play. Another long pass from Landis to Ferguson was completed, only this time for a touchdown. The extra point try was good and now North lead 15-0.

Trail would come back and score twice but North would score once more to ice the win 21-12.

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