Special teams help send Archbishop Wood back to Hershey
ALLENTOWN – The game was originally scheduled for Friday night in Allentown but due to inclement weather, game officials rescheduled the game for Saturday night, at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
Archbishop Wood senior running back Luke Spahits didn’t seem to mind the postponement. He scored two special teams touchdowns, both of 75 yards, to help his team to a 42-14 win over Berwick. The win sends the District 12 champion to Hershey next Friday night to face Bishop McDevitt for the chance to win PIAA Gold.
Spahits scored the first of his two kickoff returns for touchdowns late in the first quarter. The touchdown answered Berwick’s touchdown, a CJ Curry 32 yard touchdown pass to Trent Force. Spahits’ kickoff return for a touchdown put the Vikings ahead of Berwick for good, at 14-7.
After the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball on their next possession, Berwick punted the ball. Jarrett McClenton was on the receiving end of the punt, and returned the punt to the Berwick 1 yard line before being tackled. McClenton scored two plays later, for a Vikings 21-7 lead, midway thru the second quarter.
After another Berwick punt, McClenton did much of the legwork. This time, it was a run of 24 and he scored on a long run of 57 yards down the right sideline put the Vikings ahead 28-7.
The two teams traded punts to end the first half at Archbishop Wood 28, Berwick 7.
The Bulldogs received the kickoff to begin the second half. Behind the legs of Bulldogs running back Dain Kowalski and the throwing arm of CJ Curry, Berwick drove 73 yards for a touchdown. Curry tossed an 11-yard pass to Andrew Force to close the gap at 28-14.
Archbishop Wood had an answer. Luke Spahits was that answer with his second 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Vikings regained their 21-point advantage, 35-14.
The Vikings and the Bulldogs traded possessions throughout the third quarter and halfway through the fourth quarter.
Archbishop Wood put the nail in the coffin of the Berwick fans’ dreams on a long drive lasting nearly 5 and 1/2 minutes.
Backup senior running back Tyrone Dean did much of the legwork a run of 26 and his only touchdown of the night, scoring from one yard out, with 6:25 left in the game. The District 12 champions are on their way to Hershey.
Wood: McClenton 1 yard run (5:35)
Berwick: Curry 32-yard pass to Trent Force (2:48)
Wood: Luke Spahits 75-yard kickoff return for TD (2:37)
Wood: Garlick 1 yard TD run (8:48)
Wood: McClenton 57 yard TD run (6:50)
Berwick: Curry 11-yard TD pass to Ian Mazonkey (8:26)
Wood: Luke Spahits 75-yard kickoff return for TD (8:12)
Wood: Tyrone Dean 1 yard TD run (6:25)
RUSHING: Wood: Josh Messina (4/17 yards), Jarrett McClenton (24/182), Luke Spahits (6/46), Joe Dutkiewicz (1/0), Tom Garlick (4/20), Tyrone Dean (4/37); Berwick: Dain Kowalski (13/58), Jordan Stout (2/0), CJ Curry (15/-34), Nate Maczuga (1/2).
PASSING: Wood: Tom Garlick (2 for 4, for 26 yards); Berwick: CJ Curry (9 for 18, for 116 yards).
RECEIVING: Wood: Kendall Singleton (1 rec./10 yards), Luke Spahits (1 rec./16 yards); Berwick: Kyle Trenholm (2 rec/15 yards); Ian Mazonkey (3 rec./58 yards), Trent Force (1 rec./32 yards), Trevon Simmons (1 rec./4 yards).
FIRST DOWNS: Wood: 15; Berwick 12
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