For Pittston Area’s defense, the 2013 season has been full of giving up big plays. And Berwick has been making big offensive plays all season.
Berwick scored 22 points in a span of just three minutes in the first quarter en route to a 50-0 win over Wyoming Valley Conference foe Pittston Area Friday night at Crispin Field.
“We wanted to get a fast start,” Berwick head coach George Curry said. “We talked about that. Last year we let them hang in there and we had the fight of our life.”
Last year, the Bulldogs traveled to Yatesville and came out with a 23-20 squeaker win on a sloppy field. Berwick wasn’t about to let the Patriots hang around again.
Berwick (8-0) quarterback CJ Curry threw for 175 yards on 10 completions and two touchdowns. Curry had touchdown passes to Kyle Trenholm and Paul Wiegand of 55 and 43 yards, respectively.
But it was really the play-making ability on special teams of Trenholm that got things started for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs punched in their opening possession on just a 31-yard drive capped by a Jordan Stout splash. Pittston (2-6) went three-and-out and punted away to Trenholm. The Berwick senior weaved his way through the Pittston Area punt coverage team 75 yards for a touchdown.
“We played pretty well,” Trenholm said. “We have a big game coming up next week so we were just working on being efficient.”
When the first half was in the books, the Patriots had 46 total yards and found themselves in a 36-0 hole. Berwick, on the other hand, had 298 yards, 169 coming from Curry’s arm. The Patriots didn’t cross midfield until late in the third quarter — that drive ended in a fumble, Pittston Area’s only turnover of the game.
“I thought our kids played well defensively, especially when they spread us,” Curry said. “They were trying to get (Kyle Gattuso and Hassan Maxwell) in space and I thought our kids did a good job. That was the best we played against the spread.”
The Patriots just didn’t have an answer for all the speed the Bulldog offense offers. Daquan Hollenthal ran for 125 yards on 10 carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Nick Talanca, had three carries for 87 yards. Two of his runs went for touchdowns.
Pittston Area tried to get the air attack going like it had last week against Coughlin. Quarterback James Emmett wasn’t able to find a lot of time in the pocket. He was sacked 4 times and lost 30 yards.
The Patriots finished with 32 total carries to the tune of 103 yards. Hassan Maxwell was the biggest threat, finishing with 33 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving. Coach Curry was worried about Maxwell and Gattuso coming into the game. Gattuso endedthe game with 57 yards on nine carries.
Pittston Area will look to get things back on track when it hosts Wyoming Valley West Friday. The Patriots will then travel to Wyoming Area for the final game of the regular season on Nov. 2.