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Trojans Host Bulldogs in a Week Two Showdown

Written by: on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. Follow Vince Pellegrini on Twitter.


Week 2: September 10, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Berwick (1-0) at North Pocono (1-0)

The Bulldogs will make the trek up I-81 North to I-84 East this Friday to face the North Pocono Trojans. Both schools enjoyed week one success and now will attempt to secure a 2-0 start. These two programs have met five times in the post-season. This will mark the first meeting since 2001 though when the Trojans handed Berwick a week two defeat, 21-15.

Last year, Berwick was knocked out of the post-season by a school which North Pocono beat in the regular season, as well as, the Trojans were ousted in the playoffs by a school that the Dawgs knocked off in the 2009 season. Berwick was handed a 53-19 loss by Abington Heights on November 14. That same Abington team was defeated by the Trojans on October 9, 29-21. Same goes for North Pocono, Jason Sepkowski’s club was dealt a crushing defeat on November 14 by Dallas, 21-14. The Mountaineers were edged by Berwick, 14-13, the day before Halloween.

North Pocono enters their battle with Berwick coming off of a, 10-8, victory over Dunmore. Senior 300-pound kicker slash lineman Peter Calderone booted through the up rights a game-winning 25-yard field goal to seal the deal with just a tad bit over one minute left to go in the contest. The meeting marked the first time since September 2, 2005 that the Trojans met the Bucks.

Junior quarterback Jared Pierce led a second half comeback against Crestwood which saw the Dawgs score 26 unanswered points to win their first contest on turf at Crispin Field, 32-14. Pierce threw for 202 yards and four touchdowns (also had one rushing). His main target was 6’5 receiver Eric Schleich, who caught a game-high 123 yards and two scores.

This marks a top ten matchup according to WNEP’s (Channel 16) Super 16 Countdown. Berwick is the number one team in the area as North Pocono is #7 this week.

Series History

8th Meeting

Berwick Leads, 5-2

Last Meeting: 9/7/01 – North Pocono, 21-15

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