BERWICK — For Pittston Area’s defense, the 2013 season has been full of giving up big plays. And Berwick has been making big offensive plays all season.
Berwick scored 22 points in a span of just three minutes in the first quarter en route to a 50-0 win over Wyoming Valley Conference foe Pittston Area Friday night at Crispin Field.
“We wanted to get a fast start,” Berwick head coach George Curry said. “We talked about that. Last year we let them hang in there and we had the fight of our life.”
Last year, the Bulldogs traveled to Yatesville and came out with a 23-20 squeaker win on a sloppy field. Berwick wasn’t about to let the Patriots hang around again.
Berwick (8-0) quarterback CJ Curry threw for 175 yards on 10 completions and two touchdowns. Curry had touchdown passes to Kyle Trenholm and Paul Wiegand of 55 and 43 yards, respectively.
But it was really the play-making ability on special teams of Trenholm that got things started for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs punched in their opening possession on just a 31-yard drive capped by a Jordan Stout splash. Pittston (2-6) went three-and-out and punted away to Trenholm. The Berwick senior weaved his way through the Pittston Area punt coverage team 75 yards for a touchdown.
“We played pretty well,” Trenholm said. “We have a big game coming up next week so we were just working on being efficient.”
When the first half was in the books, the Patriots had 46 total yards and found themselves in a 36-0 hole. Berwick, on the other hand, had 298 yards, 169 coming from Curry’s arm. The Patriots didn’t cross midfield until late in the third quarter - that drive ended in a fumble.
“I thought our kids played well defensively, especially when they spread us,” Curry said. “They were trying to get (Kyle Gattuso and Hassan Maxwell) in space and I thought our kids did a good job. That was the best we played against the spread.”
The Patriots just didn’t have an answer for all the speed the Bulldog offense offers. Daquan Hollenthal ran for 125 yards on 10 carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Nick Talanca, had three carries for 87 yards. Two of his runs went for touchdowns.
Pittston Area will look to get things back on track when it hosts Wyoming Valley West Friday. The Bulldogs have a big clash with division foe Coughlin Friday night at Crispin Field.
Berwick 50, Pittston Area 0
B — Jordan Stout 2 run (Olivia Seely kick), 9:04
B - Kyle Trenholm 75 punt return (Stout run), 6:20
B - Nick Talanca 34 run (Seely kick), 3:47
B — Trenholm 55 pass from CJ Curry (Seely kick), 3:49
B - Paul Wiegand 43 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 0:58
B — Talanka 7 run (Seely kick), 8:29
B — Daquan Hollenthal 6 run (Seely kick), 3:55
Team statistics`Pitt Area`Berwick
RUSHING — PA, Kyle Gattuso 9-57, Hassan Maxwell 8-33, Ryan Davis 3-19, Zach Erfman 4-11, Nick Anastasi 1-8, Nico Ciquegrani 1-7, James Emmett 6-(-32). B, Hollenthal 10-125, Talanka 3-87, Stout 4-39, Matt Shannon 5-26, Curry 4-19, Brandon Hughes 2-18, Dain Kowalski 2-10, Alex Klinger 1-10, Luke Fisher 1-10, Christian Laubaugh 1-3, Rich Snyder 1-2, Sean McCole 2-1.
PASSING — PA, Emmett 6-14-44-1. B, Curry 10-16-175-0, Dallas Amer 1-1-10-0.
RECEIVING — PA, Maxwell 3-21, Michael Schwab 3-18, Anthony Halat 1-5. B, Trenholm 2-69, Wiegand 2-57, Ian Mazonkey 1-24, Andrew Force 3-16, Kowalski 2-9.
NTERCEPTIONS — B, Klinger 1-1.
MISSED FGs — B, Seely 1-30.