High school football: Berwick rallies in 2nd half to topple Wyoming Area


By Tom Robinson - For Times Leader

Berwick’s Luke Fisher, right, runs through the grasp of Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles to score a touchdown in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles, right, gains yardage as Berwick’s Justin Groshek and Luke Fisher make the tackle in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.


Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

WEST PITTSTON — Berwick used a short field and a long drive to wipe out a halftime deficit Friday night.

The Bulldogs returned to their winning ways when the defense held Wyoming Area to 24 second-half rushing yards to clear the way for the offense as Berwick rallied for a 22-10 victory in the Wyoming Valley Conference Class 3A game.

Berwick scored the game’s final 22 points, including 16 in the second half, to improve to 4-2 by breaking a two-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs made the most of a field position advantage gained in a third-quarter exchange of punts, then added an insurance touchdown on a drive that first served to take precious time off the clock.

Berwick forced three turnovers while not committing any to also end a two-game winning streak by Wyoming Area (2-4).

“You need turnovers,” Berwick coach George Curry said after his state-record 450th career victory. “That’s what happened to us against Selinsgrove.”

The Bulldogs had a late lead get away in last week’s 17-14 loss to unbeaten Selinsgrove.

This time, Berwick finished strong.

The Bulldogs took the lead by covering 37 yards with five straight runs in a third-quarter drive that culminated in Daquan Hellenthal’s 4-yard touchdown. Lenny Wyda added the first of his two straight two-point conversions for a 14-10 lead with 5:22 left in the third quarter.

Justin Groshek made a third-down tackle and his fourth-down safety blitz created the pressure needed to force an incompletion to stop a Wyoming Area drive at the Berwick 2 in the final minute of the third quarter.

Berwick could not get out of its own end and needed its pass pressure to escape again.

Evan Klinger’s rush forced a Sean McCole interception and gave Berwick the ball at its 21 with 9:13 left.

The Bulldogs moved 75 yards in 15 plays, taking 7:37 off the clock to score with 1:36 left. Two bruising Alex Koch runs converted third-and-two, then fourth-and-three.

Harrison Kuchka took a third-and-10 reverse 16 yards for the touchdown.

Wyoming Area’s line dominated early on the both sides of the ball and the Warriors scored on their first two possessions for a 10-0 lead.

Brian Miles ran for 62 of his 100 yards on 10 first-quarter carries.

Miles picked up 21 yards on the opening drive before Dante DeLuca was wide open on play-action to pull in a 39-yard touchdown pass from P.J. Angeli for a 7-0 lead after just 2:26.

With Miles carrying nine times for 48 yards, Wyoming Area moved into position for David Klaproth’s 34-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the second quarter.

The Warriors drove the Bulldogs back in three plays, took over at midfield and began moving toward a potential third score.

Antonhy Cicini’s hit on a completed pass forced a fumble that Randy Miller recovered.

At that point, Wyoming Area had outgained Berwick, 138-54.

The Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way, outgaining the Warriors, 170-74.

Sophomore quarterback Jared Marshman hit Luke Fisher with a 29-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 10-6 with 1:14 left in the half.

Berwick 22, Wyoming Area 10

Berwick`0`6`8`8`—`22

Wyoming Area`7`3`0`0`—`10

First quarter

WA – Dante DeLuca 39 pass from P.J. Angeli (David Klaproth kick), 9:34

Second quarter

WA – Klaproth 34 FG, 9:04

B – Luke Fisher 29 pass from Jared Marshman (kick failed), 1:14

Third quarter

B – Daquan Hellenthal 4 run (Lenny Wyda run), 5:22

Fourth quarter

B – Harrison Kuchka 16 run (Wyda run), 1:36

Team statistics`B`WA

First downs`15`12

Rushes-yards`44-154`36-116

Passing yards`70`96

Total yards`224`212

Passing`3-6-0`4-12-1

Sacked-yards lost`2-18`1-12

Punts-avg.`3-27.3`2-21.5

Fumbles-lost`1-0`2-2

Penalties-yards`3-25`6-37

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — BER, Alex Koch 16-74, Hellenthal 12-66, Wyda 6-31, Kuchka 1-16, Anthony Cicini 1-3, Team 3-minus 16, Jared Marshman 5-minus 20. WA, Brian Miles 25-100, Donovan O’Boyle 4-8, Angeli 7-8.

PASSING — BER, Marshman 3-6-0-70. WA, Angeli 3-11-1-79, Steve Homza 1-1-0-17.

RECEIVING — BER, Fisher 2-38, Robbie Harter 1-32. WA, DeLuca 1-39, O’Boyle 1-31, Angeli 1-17, Dylan Kostak 1-9.

INTERCEPTIONS — BER, Sean McCole 1-4.

Berwick’s Luke Fisher, right, runs through the grasp of Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles to score a touchdown in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Berwick-WyoAreaFB_1.jpgBerwick’s Luke Fisher, right, runs through the grasp of Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles to score a touchdown in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
Wyoming Area’s Brian Miles, right, gains yardage as Berwick’s Justin Groshek and Luke Fisher make the tackle in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston.
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Berwick-WyoAreaFB_2.jpgWyoming Area’s Brian Miles, right, gains yardage as Berwick’s Justin Groshek and Luke Fisher make the tackle in WVC football action Friday night in West Pittston. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

By Tom Robinson

For Times Leader

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