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WARRIORS END SEASON WITH 42-0 LOSS TO BERWICK  

TIMES LEADER

BERWICK — He excelled on special teams, ignited the offense as the game’s leading rusher and even made a sack on defense.
For playoff openers, Evan Klinger did just about everything he could think of to get Berwick a victory, except get in the end zone.
But his game without a personal touchdown to celebrate hardly mattered to Klinger, or the Bulldogs.
Klinger’s 206 all-purpose yards did more than enough to set up Berwick for five offensive touchdowns Friday and Teagan Wilk returned an interception 97 yards as the Bulldogs blasted Wyoming Area, 42-0, in a District 2 Class 4A quarterfinal game at Crispin Field.
“We got one-third of the way there,” said Klinger, noting it will take three victories to win a District 2 title that has eluded Berwick with championship-game defeats during each of his past three high school seasons. “Two-thirds left.”
Klinger went left, right and straight through defenders as he ensured the 9-2 and top-seeded Bulldogs earned a berth in next weekend’s District 2 semifinals at Crispin Field against defending champ North Pocono, in a rematch of last year’s district final.
Klinger was hard to contain, starting with the first time he touched the ball — on a punt which he promptly returned 25 yards. The hard-nosed senior finished with five punt returns for 83 yards, finished as the game’s leading rusher with 98 yards on 9 carries and took a short pass for a 25-yard pickup.
“He’s the most unselfish team player,” Berwick coach Frank Sheptock said. “He’s what this program is all about. He does so many things for us. He’s our leading tackler, our leading rusher — what a great football player. He saw him up his game today, too.
“He’s a young man who’s on a mission.”
From the preseason, Klinger has been very vocal about his big objective of winning a Disrict 2 gold medal. Apparently, he doesn’t care how he gets one.
“I’m just doing whatever it takes to win,” Klinger said. “I don’t care how many touchdowns I get, how many yards I finish with. The only thing that matters is winning and that’s what we did.”
Thanks, in large part, to Klinger.
He brought back his second punt return for 14 yards and, two plays later, put Berwick in the red zone with a nine-yard run, leading to Damon Beckhorn’s 26-yard touchdown run for the game’s first points.
Klinger then opened the second quarter with two runs totaling 17 yards, setting up Owen Shoemaker’s 2-yard touchdown dive for a 14-0 Berwick lead.
Playing defense during Wyoming Area’s next series, a blitzing Klinger came from his linebacker spot and recorded one of Berwick’s three sacks. Then he opened Berwick’s final scoring drive of the first half with a 28-yard burst, leading to Jared Marshman’s seven-yard scoring strike to Joe Norce for a 21-0 halftime lead.
Klinger didn’t stop there. He came out of halftime with two runs covering 32 yards, opening things up for Marshman to hit Alex Parks with a 24-yard scoring strike to cap Berwick’s three-play, 56-yard drive with a touchdown for a 28-0 lead.
“The thing I love about him,” Sheptock said, “as a punt returner, he gets the ball and he’s vertical. It’s challenging, because you have to be willing to do that. He has no fear of running the football, and he does that as a running back, too.”
Then Wilk ran one back, pretty much sealing Wyoming Area’s fate.
The Warriors, trying desperately to get back in the game, took off on a 56-yard drive that reached Berwick’s 6-yard line midway through the third quarter.
But Wilk jumped a quick pass, intercepted it at the 3-yard line, then zipped 97 yards to the other end zone as Berwick ended the suspense by boosting its lead to 35-0.
“It’s funny,” Sheptock said, “Yesterday (Thursday), he texts me, ‘On play 38, who would I have?’ We were watching some film and studying their packages. That play (he intercepted) wasn’t the play, but it was similar. Teagan broke at the right time and he makes the play. Great to see when he puts in the time he does.”
It was the second time Wyoming Area got close to the end zone, only to have Berwick bite down on protecting the shutout.
On the final play of the first half, the Warriors tried a similarly quick hitter from Berwick’s 9-yard line, but Joey Lynn picked off the pass at the 1-yard line to end the threat.
“We just went back to playing Berwick football,” Klinger said. “Back to the way we know how to play.
D2-4A Quarterfinals
Berwick 42, Wyoming Area 0
Wyoming Area`0`0`0`0`—`0
Berwick`7`14`14`7`—`42
First quarter
B — Damon Beckhorn 26 run (Ken Marshman kick), 2:49
Second quarter
B — Owen Shoemaker 2 run (Ken Marshman kick), 10:55
B — Joe Norce 7 pass from Jared Marshman (Ken Marshman kick), 0:27
Third quarter
B — Alex Parks 24 pass from Jared Marshman (Ken Marshman kick), 11:08
B — Teagan Wilk 97 interception return (Ken Marshman kick), 5:51
Fourth quarter
B — Shoemaker 6 run (Ken Marshman kick), 7:15
Team statistics`WA`BER
First downs`7`17
Rushes-yards`29-65`36-275
Passing yards`53`86
Total yards`118`361
Passing`6-17-2`8-15-1
Sacked-yards lost`3-21`1-5
Punts-avg.`7-31.9`1-34
Fumbles-lost`2-0`0-0
Penalties-yards`4-31`8-70
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — WA, Marc Minichello 4-14, Dominic Deluca 13-12, Dante Williamson 3-12, Clay Scampi 1-8, Robbie Trottini 1-7, Darren Rodney 1-5, Justin Joseph 2-4, Donovan O’Boyle 3-3, Jacob Williams 1-0. BER, Evan Klinger 9-98, Owen Shoemaker 13-83, Alejandro Lopez 2-26, Jared Marshman 8-23, Damon Beckhorn 2-31, Teagan Wilk 1-5, TEAM 1- (minus 1).
PASSING — WA, Deluca 5-15-2-56, Riley Rusyn 1-1-0- (minus 3), Jacob Williams 0-1-0. BER, Jared Marshman 8-15-1-86.
RECEIVING — WA, Trottini 2-34, Joseph 1-9, Brian Williams 1-8, Darren Rodney 1-5, Jacob Williams 1- (minus 3). BER, Alex Parks 2-34, Joe Norce 2-12, Beckhorn 2- (minus 1), Klinger 1-25, Teagan Wilk 1-16.
INTERCEPTIONS — WA, Deluca 1-0. BER, Wilk 1-97, Joey Lynn 1-32.

CITIZENS VOICE

BERWICK — On its first three defensive possessions of the game, Berwick accomplished what it wanted to do by getting off the field on third down and forcing Wyoming Area to punt. The Bulldogs were also winning the field position battle early in the game as well.
After Berwick forced a third Wyoming Area punt in the first quarter, the offense finally found its rhythm.
Owen Shoemaker rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Jared Marshman threw for two as No. 1 seed Berwick defeated Wyoming Area, 42-0, Friday night at Crispin Field in the opening round of the District 2 Class 4A playoffs. Berwick, now 9-2 on the year, will host North Pocono next Friday night in a rematch of last year’s district championship game won by North Pocono.
Wyoming Area ends its season 4-7.
As has been the case all season for Berwick, the defense led the way. Berwick allowed 117 yards of total offense and tossed its third shutout of the season. Wyoming Area had trouble moving the ball all night and managed just 54 yards of total offense in the first half.
“I thought out kids came out and established the line of scrimmage,” Berwick coach Frank Sheptock said. “This is the fourth time in two years that we have faced Wyoming Area. Obvioulsy we are well acquainted.”
Berwick missed a golden opportunity to score on its first drive of the game moving the ball down to the Wyoming Area 16. On the next play, Marshman dropped back to pass but was intercepted in the end zone. It was the first pick he threw all season.
Berwick, though, was able to bounce back from the adversity and continue to pin Wyoming Area deep in its own territory.
“I thought we were able to sustain momentum even though they came up with big plays,” Sheptock said. “I didn’t know how we would handle it. We had great field position and throw an interception in the end zone. The guys calmed down.”
Berwick got on the board on its third series of the game when Damon Beckhorn scored on a 26-yard run. Shoemaker added his first of two touchdown runs early in the second quarter, and a Marshman TD pass to Joe Norce made it 21-0 at the half.
The Dawgs wasted little time in putting the game away in the third quarter. Marshman connected with Alex Parks on a 24-yard scoring play, and Teagen Wilk put the game out of reach when he returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown. It was Wilk’s seventh interception of the season and the second he returned for a score. It also put an end to what proved to be Wyoming Area’s best drive of the game.
Wilk’s interception came on the 10th play of the drive that began on Wyoming Area’s own 48 and moved all the way down to the Berwick 6-yard line.
“Obviously when you play good teams they are going to have drives,” Sheptock said. “In the last two weeks when people were moving on us we started to get out of sorts. This time we were able to reign it back in and play Berwick football defense which has really carried us all year.”

 

 

 

 
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Our most heartfelt congratulations to this year’s 2017 Ring of Pride recipients.  These men are being honored based on their commitment to excellence on the field, in the class room and in the community.  They will be honored on October 27th at our last home game versus Pittston Area.   There will be a luncheon at Marrianacci’s and a post game reception at Sabatini’s Beer Bar.  The 1997 Championship team will also be honored on this day. 

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