BERWICK — Berwick used the right amount of Force to open the season with a win.
Receiver Andrew Force had five receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs posted a 41-7 victory over Crestwood on Friday night at Crispin Field.
“They had time,” Berwick coach George Curry said of the big night in the passing game for his Bulldogs. “They (Crestwood) wanted to stop our run game. They really gave us the pass. Once we got up to tempo, we started connecting.”
A game that was shaping up to be a defensive struggle through one quarter was anything but after that. Force got behind the Comets defense on a post pattern on the second play of the second quarter for a 39-yard score from quarterback C.J.Curry.
The Curry-to-Force show hooked up in the third quarter for touchdown plays of 60 yards on Berwick’s first possession of the half and again later in the quarter for 50 yards when Curry just hit Force in stride on a fly pattern.
“I got a few really good matchups,” Force said. “In the beginning, I was one-on-one with a linebacker. After I caught that first one they started switching out a few DBs on me.”
In a way, you could say Force had a sub-par game for himself. In 2012, all six of his catches went for touchdowns. His second catch Friday, a 31-yarder that set Berwick up for a Dain Kowalski 7-yard touchdown, was the first time one of Force’s reception plays did not reach the end zone. Force now has nine touchdowns among his 11 career catches — and a 43.6 yard per reception average.
It was an unusual game in that Crestwood won the turnover battle 3-1, with Michael Legg recovering a fumble in the end zone and picking off a pass intended for Force. Andrew Chang also recovered a fumble for the Comets.
But Crestwood was not able to consistently stop the Bulldogs, who piled up 469 yards of offense, including seven Curry passes of at least 23 yards. Curry completed 14 of 25 for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
“When you play against a team like Berwick, you’ve got to take advantage. We didn’t,” Crestwood coach Greg Myers said. “They are a good football team, especially up front. You just can’t afford to give up big plays in the passing game like that.”
Will Updegrove (three receptions, 87 yards) got open in the seam for a 46-yard score to make it 14-0 in the second quarter. And Alex Klinger returned a Crestwood fumble 25 yards to close out the Bulldogs scoring.
In all, six Bulldogs had at least two carries and six others had receptions in the balanced Berwick attack.
Meanwhile, the Berwick defense was stout against the young but potent Comets, limiting Crestwood to six first downs and 98 yards through three quarters — most via a heavy dose of runs out of the wildcat. The Comets did not complete a pass, and fumbled the ball five times, including three botched snaps in the wildcat formation.
Berwick 41, Crestwood 7
B — Andrew Force 39 pass from C.J. Curry (Olivia Seely kick), 11:10
B — Will Updegrove 46 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 4:51
B — Dain Kowalski 7 run (Seely kick), :44
B — Force 60 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 9:32
B — Force 50 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 1:54
C — Tanner Kahlau 50 run (George Gendler kick), 11:49
B — Alex Klingler 25 fumble recovery (kick failed), 6:38
RUSHING — CRE, Tanner Kahlau 5-97, Frank Aigeldinger 15-55, Brandon Cole 2-21, Matt Bobeck 2-6, Jacob Zbegner 2-4, Jay Popson 9-(-4), Team 3-(-15). BER, Dain Kowalski 12-57, Jorden Stout 4-29, Nick Talanca 3-17, Kyle Trenholm 2-9, Nate Maczuga 1-7, Alex Klingler 2-6, C.J. Curry 2-4, Daquan Hellemthal 1-3.
PASSING — CRE, Popson 0-4-0-0. BER, Curry 14-25-1-337, Dallas Arner 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING — BER, Andrew Force 5-193, Will Updegrove 3-87, Trenholm 3-39, Stout 1-8, Ian Mazonkey 1-5, Trevon Simmons 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS — CRE, Michael Legg 1-0.
MISSED FGs — CRE, Gendler 39 (WR).