Berwick moves to 8-1, looks toward Hazleton Area
Members of both the Berwick Bulldogs and Dallas Mountaineers were up at the crack of dawn today with a 10 AM game scheduled for Saturday morning in the Back Mountain.
The contest was moved from a 1 PM start to a 10 AM start in hopes of beating the heavy rained forecasted to hit Northeastern Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon.
Beating the rain worked, but as for the Mounts beating the Dawgs, well let’s just say that was certainly not in the forecast.
Not even an early start time would effect the Bulldogs as they scored early and often to the tune of a 35-0 lead at the half.
Sr. TE Ryan Sitler got the Dawgs on the board with a long TD reception from Jr. QB AJ Mihaly for an early 7-0 lead after a PAT by Sr. K Shane Kitzmiller.
Berwick added another quick score after Mihaley took one to the goldzone. Then Sr. Duff Law added another rushing TD giving the Dawgs a 21-0 lead with time winding down in the first quarter.
Berwick’s Jr. FS Mike Dalberto got in on the scoring to start the second quarter, intercepting a pass and rumbling 55 yards to paydirt.
Sitler finished off the Berwick scoring barrage hauling in a 34 yard TD reception from Mihaly late in the second quarter.
The score would be the Dawgs last of the morning as they started the second half with Dallas in the mercy rule.
Dallas would manage to get on the scoreboard in the second half as Berwick worked on the clock.
Scoring for the Mounts was Sr. RB Dean Chopka on a two yard jaunt after a long pass reception set Dallas up deep in Berwick territory.
The Dawgs will now look to a showdown at Crispin Field this coming Friday night as they host rival Hazleton Area.
Both teams will come in to the contest with records of 8-1 and guaranteed spots in their respective playoff classes.
It will be the biggest game in Berwick since a crushing loss to Valley West in 2007. On that day the Dawgs declared a white out as all fans were asked to were white.
Can I suggest changing the color to Bulldog Blue?
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