Crestwood’s valiant effort falls short in Dawgtown
BERWICK- It was round one of the PIAA District II playoffs this Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field in Berwick as the Dawgs played host to the Crestwood Comets. It would be a rematch of opening night of the regular season as the Dawgs rolled by the Comets 41-7 just 11 weeks ago at Crispin Field. The Comets had other ideas coming in this time. Upset was on their minds and they nearly got it done, falling short 14-13 with a missed extra point looming large.
Crestwood would take the lead at the 4:56 mark of the 1st quarter with Jr. RB Frank Aigeldinger ripping off a 53 yard dash to paydirt. The PAT was no good, with the score Comets 6, Dawgs 0.
Berwick would grab the lead late in the 2nd quarter with Sr. WR Kyle Trenholm hauling in a 51 yard TD strike from Sr. QB CJ Curry. Jr. K Olivia Seely nailed the PAT and the Dawgs held the slim 7-6 lead at the half.
Crestwood would again grab the lead in the 3rd quarter with Aigeldinger capping a seven play 89 yard scoring drive on a seven yard scamper to the goldzone. The PAT was good with the score Comets 13, Dawgs 7.
Berwick would take the lead for good with just 7:27 left in the ballgame with Sr. RB Dain Kowalski capping a six play 80 yard scoring drive on a 19 yard dash to paydirt. Seely again nailed thePAT with the score Dawgs 14, Comets 13.
Crestwood would not go away quietly as they scrapped and clawed their way down into Berwick territory with time ticking away, but came up short on an incomplete pass on fourth down. The Dawgs would take over on downs salting the win away and advancing to round two of the District II playoffs were they will host Abington Heights next Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field. No matter if the Dawgs win or lose next Saturday it will be their last home game of the 2013 campaign.
Berwick certainly did not play their best game of the season in this one. Many may say it might have been their ugliest win of the year, but fortunately the PIAA does not give out style points and a win is a win.
“I did not like our body language today”, noted Coach Curry. “We didn’t play with enough emotion and that’s how you have to play each week if you want to be a winner. Still, it was a great game and we will move on”.
“We were prepared for them, but we played flat most of the game, at least we turned it up in the 4th quarter. We will just put this one behind us and look toward next weekend, said QB CJ Curry after the game.
If you look at the stats in this one it was pretty lopsided except for the scoreboard as Crestwood rolled up a total of 308 total yards to Berwick’s 164 total yards. Crestwood would rush for 204 yards on 47 carries to Berwick’s 23 yards rushing on 18 carries. In the passing game it was Berwick getting the upper hand with 141 yards to Crestwood’s 104 yards via the air.
Stats compiled by Chris Dawe.
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