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Abington Heights at Berwick November 17


Abington Heights ended Berwick's hopes for the school's first district footbal title since 2008 with a 44-35 win over the Bulldogs at Crispin Field. The Comets' offense which had not scored a point in eight straight quarters in their past two games came to life against Berwick as they built a 24-14 halftime lead, a lead they never relinquished. The final result spoiled a great performance by Berwick senior Jeff Steeber who had 178 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 61 yards. With the win Abington Heights improves to 10-2 and advances into the state playoffs to take on Allentown Central Catholic. The loss ended Berwick's six game wining streak. The Bulldogs end the season with a 10-2 record.


Dallas at Berwick 11/10


With Berwick trailing 7-6 late in the third quarter, junior quarterback C.J. Curry hooked up with wide receiver Jeff Steeber on a 4th and 23 pass play to the Dallas five yard line. Then early in the final period, Matt Cashman scored from five yards out to give Berwick a lead they never relinquished in a 28-7 win. Berwick's other 4th quarter scores came on a 34 yard run by Steeber and a 17 yard interception return for a score by Zach Ladonis. Sophomore Olivia Seeley kicked a first quarter field goal and two extra points as the Bulldogs improved to 10-1 going into next Saturday afternoon's District 2 final against Abington Heights at Crispin Field. Dallas ended their season at 7-4.

Hazleton Area at Berwick 11/2


Berwick outgained Hazleton Area 177 yards to 16 in building a 29-0 lead at halftime and went on to beat the Cougars 49-7. Senior running back Matt Cashamn had three short touchdown runs giving him 20 rushing scores for the season. Junior quarterback C.J. Curry threw a 52 yard touchdown pass to Jeff Steeber. It was the 15th touchdown pass of the season for Curry who completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards. Linebacker Travis Potter ran 38 yards with a recovered fumble for a score and sophomore Nate Maczuga ran 49 yards for a touchdown as the Bulldogs finished the regular season with a six game winning streak and a 9-1 record. They will host a District 2 AAA semifinal next Saturday afternoon. Hazleton Area finished the season at 1-9.

Berwick at Coughlin 10/26


Quarterback C.J. Curry threw a 21 yard touchdown pass to Andrew Force on Berwick's first possession giving the Bulldogs a lead they never relinquished in a 34-7 win over Coughlin. It was Force's sixth reception of the season, all six for touchdowns. Jeff Steeber ran ten yards for a score as Berwick built a 12-0 halftime lead. In the second half, the Bulldogs got a 30 yard touchdown run from C.J. Curry and touchdown runs of 34 and 24 yards from Matt Cashman who now has 17 rushing touchdowns. Curry finished the game 10-17 in passing for 134 yards. Zach Ladonis was the leading receiver with seven catches for 68 yards. Cashman was the leading rusher with 86 yards on 15 carries. Senior Zach Evans of Coughlin, the Wyoming Vally Conference's leading rusher, had just 24 yards in the first half, and had only three second half carries before leaving with an apparent injury. He finished with 29 yards on nine carries.

Berwick at Pittston Area October 19


Jeff Steeber's 12 yard touchdown run with 1:13 to play gave Berwick a 23-20 come-from-behind win over upset minded Pittston Area. Steeber's run capped a six play, 39 yard drive. He also had a 19 yard run on that drive. Steeber's heroics spoiled a great game by Pittston Area's senior wide receiver Joe Starinsky who caught seven passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns, one from Kyle Gatttso and two from James Emett. Berwick's offensive leader was running back Matt Cashman who overcame muddy conditions to run for 179 yards on 28 carries which included touchdown runs of two and 52 yards. In the process he went over 1000 yards rushing for the season. He also ran for two 2 point conversions as the Bulldogs improved to 7-1. Pittston Area fell to 3-4.

Williamsport at Berwick October 12


Berwick amassed 317 total yards to just 19 for Williamsport in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 47-7 lead on their way to a 54-14 win over the Millionaires. Berwick's junior quarterback C.J. Curry completed seven passes for 202 yards and three touchdowns. The scoring passes were 29 yards to Jake Pecorelli and 84 and 29 yards to amazing sophomore Andrew Force. Force now has five receptions on the season, all of them for touchdowns. He is averaging 53.2 yards a catch. Matt Cashman also ran for three touchdowns as the Bulldogs improved to 6-1. Williamsport fell to 0-7.

Tunkhannock at Berwick October 5


Junior quarterback C.J. Curry threw three long touchdown passes in the first half and fellow junior Kyle Trenholm returned the second half kickoff 77 yards for a score as Berwick routed Tunkhannock 49-0. Curry's touchdown passes were 32 yards to Jake Pecorelli and 55 and 77 yards to sophomore Andrew Force. Matt Cashman ran for two touchdowns and Olivia Seeley was a perfect 7-7 in extra points as the Bulldogs improved top 5-1. Tunkhannock fell to 1-5.

Berwick at Selinsgrove September 28


With Berwick clinging to a 10-7 lead and just over two minutes to play, Bulldog junior Andrew Wenner made a diving interception of a Tyler Krebs pass at the Selinsgrove 24 yard line. Five plays later, senior Matt Cashman ran for a five yard touchdown with 7.5 seconds to play clinching a 17-7 victory. Cashman was the offensive star for the Bulldogs with 145 yards rushing on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Sophomore Olivia Seeley kicked a 27 yard field goal and two extra points to help the football team win just a few hours after she helped Berwick's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Dallas. Defensively Berwick limited the Seals to just 69 yards in total offense and picked off four passes. With the loss, Selinsgrove falls to 4-1. Berwick improves to 4-1.

Berwick at Wyoming Valley West Friday, September 21


Wyoming Valley West senior running back Derrick Simms had a career night and the Spartan defense did not allow an offensive touchdown as Wyoming Valley West dominated the Bulldogs 33-15. Simms had 250 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Spartans who led 22-15 at the half and shut out the Bulldogs in the second half. Berwick's only touchdowns came in the second quarter on an 85 yard kick off return by Matt Cashman and a 37 yard interception return by linebacker Jordan Stout for a score. The final stats tell the story- 366 total yards for Wyoming Valley West which improves to 2-2 on the season and beats Berwick for the 4th straight time. Just 78 total yards for the Bulldogs who fall to 3-1.

Dallas at Berwick September 14


Junior quarterback C.J. Curry threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 23 yard score to lead Berwick to a 50-14 win over Dallas, avenging a 53-20 loss to the Mountaineers last season. Curry finished the game 11-20 in passing for 256 yards. Senior running back Matt Cashman ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas stayed in the game in the first half with two big plays- a 58 yard touchdown run by Kris Roccograndi and an 82 yard touchdown pass Ryan Zapoticky to Jason Simonovich. Wth the win, Berwick improves to 3-0; Dallas falls to 0-3.

Pottsville at Berwick Friday, September 7


Berwick outgained Pottsville 337 yards to 54 in the first half, built a 28-0 lead at the break, and went on to beat the Crimson Tide 41-0 in the first meeting of the schools since 2004. Quarterback C.J. Curry completed 7 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, one each for Jeff Steeber, Jake Pecorelli, and Andrew Force. Matt Cashman ran for 108 yards and one touchdown. With the win, Berwick inmproves to 2-0. Pottsville falls to 1-1.

Game summary- Berwick at Crestwood Friday, August 31


Senior running back Matt Cashman ran for 285 yards and three touchdowns as Berwick built a 34-7 halftime lead and went on to beat Crestwood 48-21. Senior Jake Pecorelli ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes from quarterback C.J. Curry. In his starting debut, Curry completed 9 of 12 passes for 148 yards and also ran for a touchdown. The Bulldogs amassed 522 total yards in the return of head coach George Curry who got his 414th career win in his first game at Berwick since 2005.

Berwick Football Preview 2012


It’s back to the future for Berwick football as former head coach George Curry comes out of a three year retirement to lead the Bulldogs. Gary Campbell, who had a 46-25 record including the 2008 District 2 Championship, returned to his former job as head coach at Waconah Regional in Dalton, MA in May. Berwick turned to Curry the state’s all time winningest coach who begins his 43rd year as head coach with a record of 413-91-5 which ranks him 4th nationally among active coaches. Curry inherits a team that won its final 8 games last season on the way to a 9-3 record culminating in an Eastern Conference Division 3 Championship. Thirteen starters return. He also inherits three of his former varsity coaches in Andy Mihaley, Keith Seeley, and John Jola. Dave Parmenteri and Brad Wenner round out the varsity staff.


Offensive Outlook:


The Bulldogs will be very strong at the wide receiver position. They return their two leading receivers from last season in seniors Jake Pecorelli and Jeff Steeber. Curry will also use last season’s starting safety Will Masteller at that spot, and he looks good .


Zach Ladonis, Trevon Simmons, and Andrew Force will provide depth. On the offensive line, the Dawgs return both starting tackles in seniors Gavin Harter and Andrew Groome. Unfortunately Harter suffered a serious leg injury in the preseason and will miss half the season or more. The other issue will be replacing everything up the middle- three year starters- center Jake Jola and quarterback Jared Pierce, both starting guards and leading rusher Jeremy Freeman. Curry is very optimistic about the new starters at those positions. Dalton Perla, a sophomore with good size, smarts, and toughness is the likely starter at center. There is great competition for the guard spots with senior Brent Harner, junior Kyle Stearly, senior Adam Harrison, and Mason Vandermark, a sophomore. Curry feels the competition will make them all better.


The starting quarterback will be junior C.J. Curry who backed up Jared Pierce last season, completing 6-8 passes for 98 yards in limited varsity competition. The grandson of Berwick’s head coach, Curry has worked hard all summer and should do well especially with the offensive weapons around him.


Curry’s offense will use a fullback a, and there are two great candidates at that position: 6-3, 260 pound junior Ray Grasley and fellow junior A.J. Vandermark who will wear the traditional Berwick fullback number of 99. There are several talented players at the tailback spot including Matt Cashman, a senior who carried the ball 34 times last season. Curry has nothing but praise for two outstanding sophomores- P.J. Wiegand and Nate Maczuga.


Overall the offensive outlook is bright. Berwick has the potential to be a high scoring offense.


Defensive Outlook:


This was a Bulldog weakness last season. Poor tackling was a major problem. Berwick will start in a 50, but the Dawgs will employ multiple looks.


The defensive line could be a strength for Berwick. The injury to Hartyer is a major setback, but seniors Andrew Groome and Adam Harrison and junior Ray Grasely all have great size and toughness. There are six others to add depth. The defensive end position is also a strength with senior Brandon Dalberto sharing time with juniors Will Updegrove and Ian Mazonkey. All have great size. Injuries to Dalberto and Updegrove last season hurt the Bulldogs.


At linebacker junior Jordan Stout and senior Travis Potter return as starters. There should be depth with juniors Tanner Weaver, A.J. Vandermark, and Chris Hampton along with sophomores Max Jones and Zach Andreas.


The secondary should be strong. The four players who started in the Eastern Conference final (corners Matt Cashman and John Bushinki and safeties Jake Pecorelli and Jeff Steeber). There are numerous other candidates. Curry says the two best tacklers will be the starting corners.


Special teams:


In his 43rd season as a head coach, George Curry will have a female on his team for the first time. She is sophomore Olivia Seely who has impressed Curry with her placekicking abilities. Will Masteller will likely kickoff while the punting duties will be handled by either Alex Klinger or Matt Cashman. Sophomore Nick Talanaca was very impressive this summer as a long snapper. Berwick is blessed with numerous talented kick returners including Matt Cashman who returned two kicks for touchdowns last season. Overall the special teams should be a strength.


Overall Outlook:


With a potentially explosive offense, an improved defense, very good special teams, plus the Curry factor, Berwick should be a District 2 contender in Class AAA. The schedule is challenging with Pottsville and Wyoming Valley West likely to provide major tests.


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