District 3-AA Football Capsules
(3) Bermudian Springs (10-1) at (2) Berks Catholic (11-0)
The Saints are heading into their toughest test of the season in this district semifinal matchup with the Eagles.
Berks Catholic rushed for 385 yards en route to a 47-point first half in a quarterfinal win over Newport last week.
Chris Warren led the Saints with five carries for 95 yards, which included a 59-yard touchdown run in the win. Warren also had a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win. One big play from Warren could be the difference in Friday’s game.
Berks Catholic’s quarterback combination of Patrick Causa and Matt Kase went 7-for-7 for 108 yards and a touchdown last week. Causa and Kase are playing their best football at the right time, which is a big boost for the Saints in their quest to Hershey.
The Saints top-ranked defense will have to contain Colton Dull, who rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s quarterfinal win over Hamburg. Dull leads the Eagles with 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Ryan Markle rushed for 76 yards and a score in last week’s win. He provides a speed threat in the Bermudian Springs backfield. Look for Berks Catholic to place a linebacker to spy on Markle.
Bermudian Springs is a tough team because of their defense, led by Briton Shelton’s four interceptions and Markle’s three. Overall, Berks Catholic has too many offensive weapons that can wear down this unit over four quarters. The Saints will pull away late.
Berks Catholic 31, Bermudian Springs 21
(5) Wyomissing (6-5) at (1) Littlestown (11-0)
The Spartans head into this semifinal as a huge underdog against the Thunderbolts, but they are not willing to give up their title belt just yet.
Tom Paolini has carried the workload for Wyomissing of late. In last week’s win over Schuylkill Valley, Paolini had 12 carries for 139 yards and three touchdowns.
Paolini had one of his best games of the year in Scotty McAvoy’s breakout game. McAvoy had 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns in just his second game back from an injury that sidelined him the first nine games of the year.
Wyomissing is a better team with McAvoy and Paolini healthy in the backfield. Add Scott Kuczala’s arm to the mix and the Spartans have an offense that can compete with Littlestown.
The Spartans defense will focus on Dustin DeGroft, who has 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Thunderbolts.
Garret Trout is a pass-catching threat on the outside. Trout caught eight passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win for Annville-Cleona. He has 677 yards and seven touchdowns this season and is the big play threat for Littlestown.
If Wyomissing gets their running game going early, it could be a long night for Littlestown. If not, there will be a new PIAA Class AA state champion for 2013.
Littlestown 28, Wyomissing 27.