Dallas Mountaineers at Berwick Bulldogs
Post Game report
Dallas arrived at Crispin Field with a 1-0 record and was anxious to avenge a loss last at their home field in Dallas. It was the home opener for the Berwick Dawgs and the team was preparing all week to control Dallas’s offense. It was a beautiful night for football and a very nice crowd was on hand even though two TV stations and two radio stations were broadcasting live.
Dallas won the coin toss and elected to defer with Berwick receiving the opening kickoff. Tegan Wilk took the opening kickoff at his 2 and returned it 13 yards to the 15 so Berwick did not have great field position. Berwick churned off some nice medium range plays getting several 1st downs and moved into Dallas territory. The key play on 3 and 1 from the Dallas 34 was a 32 yard pass from Alex Force to Ralph Norce giving Berwick a 1st and Goal at the Dallas 2 yard line. Evan Klinger popped through a hole on the left for a 2 yard TD at the 9:12 mark of the first quarter. Ken Marshman stepped on for the extra point and Berwick was up 7-o.
Ken Marshman drilled the kickoff into the Dallas for a touchback. Dallas started on their own 20 and Tegan Wilk, Jim Legrand and Damon Beckhorn each made nice solo tackles and Dallas was forced to punt. The punt traveled only 22 yards and Berwick would now start in Dallas territory at their 47 yard line.
The first key play of the game had Berwick with a 4th and 3 at the Dallas 40 and decided to go for the first down. Alex Force kept the ball on a keeper and got 3 yards and a first down to the Dallas 37. Alex Force then picked up 12 yards to the Dallas 25. Berwick again decided to go for the 1st down at the Dallas 20 on 4th and 5 but got a motion penalty. Now there option was to attempt a 42 yard FG or go for in on 4th and 10. The Dawgs decided on a pass play and Alex Force hit Damon Beckhorn at the goal line and a 13-0 was now on the board. Ken Marshman stepped on the field and booted the PAT to put Berwick up 14-0.
Near the end of the half the Berwick punter, Alex Sharkuski was fortunate to get his hand on a high snap but could not get the punt away. Dallas now had a 1st and 10 at the Berwick 17 and it looked like the momentum was about to change. Berwick’s D stood the test with Jimmy LeGrand having a big QB sack on 3rd down and Evan Klinger knocked away a pass in the end zone on 4th down. Berwick used their 2 minute offense and almost pulled off a TD with 4 seconds left in the half with Damon Beckhorn being tackled at the 1 yard line. Ken Marshman came in and a booted a FG on the last play of the half to put the Dawgs in control 17-0.
The 3rd quarter was a defensive battle and early in the last quarter Dallas broke the ice and scored cutting the gap to 17 – 7. Berwick took control on the next kickoff with a long TD drive capped off with some great power runs by Owen Shoemaker. With just 3:04 left in the 4th quarter Owen Shoemaker deservedly got the ball for a 3 yard TD scamper that put the game out of reach at 23-7. Ken Marshman’s PAT was blocked but the Dawgs prevailed in this one 23-7.
Berwick goes up to Wyoming Area next Friday looking for their career 800th win. The Dawgs were not good in 2 areas tonight, 1. Penalties on which they had 12 and 2. Some problems need to be corrected on long snapping for punts. Other than that Berwick played a fine game against a good Dallas team.