Dalberto leads Dawg’s defense in another stellar effort
By Frank Kastreva, WVCD2.com
WILKES-BARRE- This just in, “looks like we are still playing football come week fourteen,” to quote the dedicated Berwick football fans whom emptied out of Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium following the Dawgs 13-6 victory over prevoius unbeaten Wilson Area, making the trip from the Lehigh Valley.
Berwick came into the game not allowing a single point in their first two playoff games. Wilson came in averaging around 40 points a game. When it was all said and done, Berwick’s defensive shutout was over, but only allowed six points on two field goals.
Jr. FS Mike Dalberto would have two key interceptions, one returned around 80 yards to paydirt giving the Dawgs their second score of the night, which ended up being their final score of the night.
The Dawgs would jump out to the early lead with Jr. QB AJ Mihaly finding Sr. WR Cory Davenport on the 20 yard TD pass in the corner of the gold zone. Sr. K Shane Kitzmiller nailed the point after attempt with the score Dawgs 7 Warriors 0.
Berwick would allow just the two field goals from Wilson’s Jr. K Chris Rodriguez a 30 yarder and a 34 yarder and Dalberto would secure his second pick of the night, which salted the win away for the Dawgs.
Berwick’s pass rush was just too much for Wilson Area tonight. One fact to note, Wilson did not face one quad A team this season while Berwick faced three. It was evident that the Warriors were not tested by a strong pass rush and strength of scheduled played a part in that.
Wilkes-Barre Memorial stadium has been called home many times by the Dawgs during their state title runs and this year will be no exception. If the Dawgs keep winning they will not see another stadium until the state title game in Hershey.
All of the PIAA class AAA playoff games are scheduled at district two facilities, if a district two team is still alive in the tournament. Since Berwick defeated Wilson tonight they will now have Selinsgrove at W-B Memorial this coming Friday night.
Selinsgrove defeated Hollidaysburg 35-10 to advance and also own one of those two blemishes on the Dawg’s record, knocking Berwick from the unbeaten ranks in week five with a 28-3 win.
That game may of been the Dawg’s worst effort of the 2008 campaign and it should be a great rematch. The winner will by only one win away from playing for the class AAA state title in chocolatetown.
Highlights from the Berwick Wilson Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVuRAZDeOPE
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