Berwick remains unbeaten, overwhelm Coughlin 39-7
BERWICK- The Berwick Bulldogs played host to the Coughlin Crusaders Friday night at Crispin Field, in a game with big playoff implications. Coughlin came in with a 7-1 record and is battling with Crestwood for what may be the final playoff spot in the District 2 class AAA playoffs. Berwick, on the other hand, is looking to lock up the number one seed and secure home field for its first two playoff games.
The Dawgs would have to fend off a scrappy Coughlin team which held a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but rattled off 36 unanswered points the rest of the way dismantling the Crusaders 39-7.
Berwick’s first score came in the form of a 27 yard field goal off the foot of Jr. K Olivia Seely. Then, down 7-3 Sr. Kyle Trenholm returned a punt 56 yards to the Coughlin 29, which got things rolling for the Dawgs. Five plays later Sr. QB CJ Curry found paydirt from one yard out. After a penalty the Dawgs went for two in which Sr. FB Jorden Stout rushed in and the Dawgs took the 11-7 lead, never looking back.
Trenholm, who you could give the game ball to in this one, again found paydirt on a reverse option with just seven seconds left in the half, as Berwick held an 18-7 lead at the break.
Sr. TE Ian Mazonkey got in on the scoring at the 7:40 mark of the 2nd quarter hauling in a 17 yard TD reception from Curry. Trenholm, then again scored, this time a 41 yard TD reception from Curry early in the 4th quarter. Trenholm capped the scoring on the night, giving the Dawgs the 39-7 victory and tallying his third touchdown.
With the win, the Dawgs move to 9-0 and have an away game at Hazleton Area next week. A win there and the Dawgs will secure the top playoff seed and will also claim the WVC title. As for Coughlin, they will have a showdown with Crestwood next week. As it looks right now the winner of that game will secure a District 2 playoff spot and the loser may have to settle for Eastern Conference playoffs.
Looking ahead…thinking playoffs?? Let’s give it a whirl….here is how I see it right now, for whatever that’s worth? If you’re a Berwick fan, well, I’d say things look pretty good. Should get the number one seed and that means home field for game one, which may be Crestwood. District 2 title game could be Scranton Prep coming to Dawgtown, for what I think, would be the first time ever. After districts, state playoffs look like this. D2 champ gets D11 champ in third playoff game, which looks like Southern Lehigh this season. From there….could be Clearfield, whom may be district 9 champ. If the Dawgs were to get by all those teams, Archbishop Wood could be huge challenge in Eastern Finals. Bishop McDevitt and Mannheim Central will be battling it out in the West so the Dawgs would not see them unless they were in state title game.
Ya, I know crazy scenario dreamed up in week 9…thinking ahead…or just plain crazy. Hey, look at it this way. Of the six teams ranked above Berwick in the state, only one of them is in the eastern side of the bracket.
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