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

By Tom Robinson - For Times Leader | October 9th, 2015 10:29 pm

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://www.psdispatch.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://www.psdispatch.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

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