Berwick Bulldogs at Pittston
Tonight Berwick goes to Charley Trippi Stadium with a 6-1 record after a nice 24-6 victory last Friday night at Wilkes-Barre Memorial stadium against Coughlin. Berwick had a slim 3-0 lead at halftime against Coughlin which was eerily similar to the Selinsgrove game the week before. The 2 keys were 1. Alex Force being healthy to start the second half but most importantly 2. some fine coaching changes at the half time break that Coughlin was not expecting. The results were a 21-6 advantage in the 2nd half and a great overall performance by the team overall.
Tonight Berwick will face the best Pittston team since 2008. Berwick is currently ranked #10 in AAAA State Rankings. The Dawgs are also currently sitting in #1 position in District 2 for 3 home games in the District playoffs, but tonight Pittston cannot be overlooked or it will be a long bus ride back to Crispin Field. For those traveling to the game tonight it should be beautiful with game time temperature projected to be 70 degrees with a SW wind of 4 mph. By the time the game is over temperature is projected to still be around 65 degrees with little or no wind.
For those fans unable to attend, they still can listen to the broadcast on 103.5 with play by play being done by Jim Doyle and Andy Ulicny. For those who want to view the game, Metrocast will be offering tape delay with video and commentary by Doug Farley of Metrocast. Check Metrocast listing for time and schedule this weekend.
Some great news for Berwick fans, Sr. Quarterback Jeff Marshman who was injured in August and thought to be out for the season is actually close to getting back on the field and was practicing with the team in full gear and may get some live snaps tonight. He has worked extremely hard getting back ready to play and this could be huge for the Dawgs trying to win District playoffs.
Tonight will be a stellar test for the Dawgs Defensive which has played brilliantly this season and is one of the main reasons they are 6-1 and ranked 10th in the state. The offense is getting ready to step up and if they do we may see the best season since Dawgs made the state Final 4 back in 2013.
Pittston comes into the game with as good a size as any previous opponents that Berwick faces this year. What should turn the tide tonight barring any major turnovers or penalties is the conditioning and depth of the Dawgs on both Offense and Defense. I think it will be a close game tonight until mid-second half when Pittston will begin to wear down. As long as turnovers are minimized and penalties kept in check it should be a fine night for Berwick and their fans, travel safely and enjoy the game.