Berwick hands Valley West old fashion butt kicking
Written by: Frank Kastreva on Saturday, September 20th, 2008.
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KINGSTON- If you were to tell the people of Berwick that their team would be 4-0, ranked statewide and crushing quad A teams three years after legendary coach George Curry departed. First thing you would do, is ask if they had been drinking.
Well, break open the fine wine because all of the above is quite true.
After starting the season 3-0 with wins over Crestwood, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Area, the Dawgs were to be tested for the first time as they rolled into Kingston to square off against Valley West. Tested, well if that’s the case, they passed with flying colors, downing the Spartans 34-7 in front of a capacity crowd.
Valley West opened the scoring with Sr. RB Dave Ryncavage capping things off on a two yard jaunt to paydirt. It would be the Spartans lone TD of the night despite Ryncavage having his best game of the season.
Berwick would roll off 34 unanswered points enroute to a blowout. To Bewick’s credit they went after it and capitalized on the Spartans miscues. That is the sign of a championship team. Great teams keep you down and don’t let you up.
The deciding factor in the game came on the Dawgs first play from scrimmage in the second half. Sr. RB Evan Crisman took a handoff and scampered 71 yards to the goldzone. With the score the Dawgs took a 27-7 lead and for all intensive purposes crushed any hopes for a Valley West comback.
Sr, Brandon Welch got Berwick on the board after running back the kick after the Spartans scored. Welch would rumble 90 yard to paydirt. Valley West held a 7-6 lead after the PAT was missed, but that may have been the Dawgs only miscue of the night.
The Dawgs also got two TD’s from Sr. Zach Powell, both long receptions from Jr. QB A.J. Mihaly. The first a 75 yarder, the second a 84 yarder on a screen play in which the Spartans missed a few tackles to say the least.
Berwick added their final score of the night as Sr. John Jola capped the scoring drive on a one yard jaunt to the gold zone with the final score Dawgs 34 Spartans 7.
“We got beat by a better team out there tonight, said Spartan Head Coach George Curry after the game.
Berwick has always had great athletes and coach Campbell is doing a great job with that program.”
After following Berwick football for about 30 years, it was a weird feeling tonight. Not for just me but a few others also. A.J. Mihaly, who was a main cog in the Berwick machine tonight is household name in Dawgtown. In fact his father was an assistant to Curry during his tenure at Berwick and to this day is still coaching their under Campbell.
Curry can remember when A.J. was just a toddler running around the back yard during summer barbecues. Now he’s a junior in high school on a state ranked Berwick team.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but it’s surely a different feel from the other side of the fence.
Good luck Dawgs, on your quest for Hershey gold.
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