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10/13/17 Valley West at Berwick Pre-Game

By Tom Robinson NPF, 10/13/17, 1:30PM EDT

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Oct 11, 2017 Wyoming Valley West at Berwick 7:00 PM Crispin Field

 

 

By Tom Robinson, NPF Football

WHO IS PLAYING? Wyoming Valley West Spartans and Berwick Bulldogs, Wyoming Valley Conference Big Schools.

WHAT’S AT STAKE? Bragging rights for rivals, who have battled at the top of the WVC in many recent seasons, as well as improved hopes of landing top seeds for upcoming District 2 playoffs.

WHERE: Crispin Field, Berwick.

WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m.

WHY IS THIS ONE SPECIAL? Both teams are trying to become stronger before the postseason arrives. Wyoming Valley West, a losing team to date, has the potential to be a champion in a thinner and weaker District 2 Class 5A field. Securing the second seed would mean a semifinal home field. Passing current leader Wallenpaupack would mean a semifinal bye and a championship game at home. Berwick, already the WVC Class 4A Division leader and the top team in the District 2 Class 4A playoff points race, is hoping the addition to senior quarterback Jared Marshman last week can make the Bulldogs into a more viable threat beyond locally. Remaining on top of the district points race would mean being able to use three straight weeks at Crispin Field as a potential route directly into the state quarterfinals.

HOW CAN YOU FOLLOW? Whether or not you are at Veterans Memorial Stadium, you can follow along by listening to the NEPAFootball.com Internet radio broadcast. Just click HERE as game time approaches Friday night and our broadcast team of Rick Staron and Kris Rogers will guide you through all the action. You can also look for Twitter updates through @NEPAFootball, check out NEPAFootball.com for news and insight on how the game was decided and listen to an archive of the broadcast.

THE DETAILS: Wyoming Valley West has won only twice in seven games, but has been impressive in both, handing Williamsport one of its two losses, 48-34, and avenging last year’s district championship game loss by pounding Abington Heights, 38-7. Sean Mikovitch and Zach Davies are 1-2 on the team in rushing and tackles with Mikovitch leading in rushing and Davies leading in tackles. Both quarterbacks, Jake Shusta and Rob Dwyer, are hitting at least 50 percent of their passes. Dwyer and leading receiver Darrian Tyson join Mikovitch and Davies to give the team four runners with at least 268 yards. After missing the first six weeks of the season, Marshman returned from a broken ankle to hit his first five passes last week. Marshman went 12-for-19 for 175 yards and 3 touchdowns. Damon Beckhorn caught 4 passes for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding a sack and breaking up 2 passes. Ryan Laubach had an interception and two tackles for losses. A rotation of 6-7 defensive lineman has helped the Bulldogs shut down opposing ground games and put pressure on passes while allowing a WVC-low 7.7 points per game. Both teams have strong kicking games. Berwick (6-1) has gotten 15 touchbacks from kicker Kenny Marshman, who is also 21-for-22 on extra points.