Seals Collar Dawgs
“The 3-5 defense is not one of my favorite defenses to face, it’s unpredictable. You never know who’s coming and from where.” Gary Campbell, before the start of the game between his BerwickBulldogs and the Selinsgrove Seals.
Unpredictable is what he got. Selinsgrove kept pressure on Berwicks offense all night long holding an offense that was averaging in the neighborhood of 200 yards rushing per game to under 80. That statistic isn’t very unpredictable considering the Seals were holding their opponents to under 35 per game.
Berwick looked like they were going to keep the momentum rolling after last weeks drubbing of Wyoming Valley West on their first series. Starting at their 42 the Dawgs drove to the Selinsgrove 11 yard line but on 3rd and 6 the Seals let Berwick qb A.J. Mihaly know what he was in for all night. Pressure. He was sacked on the 16 so on 4th down Berwick got a field goal to take the lead 3-0. It was the last lead they would see all night.
Following a Berwick punt to the Seals 39 and a sack of Selinsgrove qb Cory Briggs, RB Kyle Reinard burst through a full out blitz and went 71 yards to paydirt untouched. The extra point failed and the seals had a 6-3 lead. On Berwicks next series the Seal again pressured Mihaly this time into a fumble which was recovered by the home team on the Berwick 32. 3 plays later Reinard again hit paydirt from 16 yards out. The 2 point conversion failed and the Seals had a 12-3 lead which they took into the locker room at the half.
The first half of this game was filled with Berwick miscues, fumbled snaps, high snaps, dropped balls and the list goes on. The second half saw more of the same with Berwick unable to solve Selinsgroves 3-5 defense. Highlighting some of the misery was Berwick coach Cambells refusal to punt the ball away, resulting in Berwick turning the ball over on downs deep in their own territory. This would bite the dawgs hard in the second half. Following a failed 4th and 3 at their own 31, Reinard (5 of 7 for 86 yards and 2 tds) hit a leaping Kyle Renard in the endzone for a spectacular catch and the two again repeated that feat for the 2 point conversion giving the Seals a 20-3 lead late in the 3rd quarter.
After Selinsgrove defense came up with a big interception on their own 31 Reinard and Keiser hooked up in what you could call a mirror image of the previous scores, this time for a 20 yd td. That closed out the scoring and Selinsgrove celebrated a 28-3 victory over Berwick.
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