By: Ian West
Things did not go as planned Friday evening for the Pottsville Crimson Tide as they fell to the Berwick Bulldogs 56-7 in their home opener. Berwick struck first on a 1 yard run by senior running back Dain Kowalski; they never looked back. By the end of the first half, Berwick was in control 35-0, led by a stifling defense and a high powered offense that scored on 5 of its 6 drives in the first half. Kowalski ended the half with 2 rushing touchdowns, and senior quarterback CJ Curry threw 2 long touchdown passes of 43 and 66 yards to wide receivers Andrew Force and Kyle Trenholm, respectively. The mercy rule was put into effect in the second half after Berwick went up by 35 following a touchdown run by senior running back Jordan Stout.
The second half did not go much better for Pottsville. Berwick opened up the half with a 78 yard kickoff return by Kowalski down the the Pottsville 9 yard line. Berwick was stopped on downs at the Pottsville 1 yard line but would go on to add 3 more touchdowns in the half by Andrew Force, Nick Talanca, and Daquan Hellenthal. Pottsville’s lone bright spot came on a passing touchdown when senior QB Tyler Moser hooked up with John Toomey to make the score 35-7 in the 3rd quarter. Pottsville (1-1) plays next week at rival Blue Mountain and Berwick (2-0) travels to Dallas to take on the Mountaineers.