Dawgs defense stands tall, blanks Pottsville
Berwick rolls up Tide 41-0
By Frank Kastreva, Easternpafootball.com
The Berwick Bulldogs opened at home this Friday night as the Pottsville Crimson Tide came to Dawgtown sporting their wing T offense. An offense that Berwick Head Coach George Curry has seen many times before from Tide Head Coach Pat Keating. Curry and his troops were able to prepare all week for the wing T and shut it down with perfection, putting up the shutout in a 41-0 win over rival Pottsville.
Pottsville gained only 47 total yards of offense in the first half with only three first downs. Berwick, on the other hand, would find the goldzone four times with scores from Sr. WR Jeff Steeber, Sr. WR Jake Pecorelli and Sr. RB Back Matt Cashman. Jr. QB CJ Curry accumulated 231 yards passing in the first half, ending the game with 252 yards in the air. Cashman would accumulate 110 yards rushing on 21 carries in the game. Pecorelli had 133 yards on just two receptions and Steeber had 69 yards receiving on four receptions. Steeber also added 33 yards rushing on two carries and Pecorelli added 11 yards on the ground.
Steeber would add another score for the Dawgs in the second half along with Andrew Force who found paydirt on a 26 yard strike from Curry to end the scoring on the night.
The Dawgs’ second string defense also got a chance to play a part in tonight’s game, stopping the Tides’ first team offense in a late drive, keeping the shutout alive. As Berwick fans chanted, “Curry’s back.”
“We practiced stopping the wing T all week,” said Coach Curry. “We were very confident that we could stop their run game, knowing that was key in getting the win. The guys really did a great job preparing for tonight’s match-up and it certainly showed.”
QB Curry was prepared to go to the air and hooked up with Pecorelli for two huge pass plays. “We knew they would be keying on Cashman tonight after the big game at Crestwood last week, so I expected to pass the ball a bit tonight. The line gave me great protection and in turn we were able to get some yards in the air,” noted QB Curry.
Pecorelli has been a big play maker for the Dawgs in the early season, hauling in some huge pass plays from Curry and seems to be a go to guy for the junior QB. “We have been friends since grade school,” noted Pecorelli. “We really have a good rhythm together and seem to know what each other is thinking, which certainly helps executing big plays.”
“We have good team speed and get to the ball quick,” noted Coach Curry. “Tonight we gang tackled and stopped the east to west running by taking their guards out of the game. Again, we were very confident we could shut down their offense.”
Berwick now moves to 2-0 on the season and will get Dallas next Friday night at Crispin Field. After talking to Coach Curry after the game, I got a chance to ask him when he will start thinking about Dallas. “About 5:30 am on Saturday morning, the field house is again my home here at Berwick. That’s where I spend most of my time. I’m so keyed up of late, it doesn’t even seem like I left.”
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