BERWICK – Call it a quirky happenstance, if you will.
Or maybe it's the magical doings of an unnatural Force.
But Andrew Force can't seem to catch a pass without winding up in the end zone.
The Berwick touchdown maker did it again Friday, grabbing two passes – both for touchdowns – as the Bulldogs walloped Williamsport, 54-14 at Crispin Field.
That gave Force five catches on the season – and each one went for a touchdown.
So how does "Mr. 5-for-5" explain such a phenomenon?
"Dumb luck," Force shrugged.
"Oh man, Andrew Force is the hardest-working kid on this team," said Berwick senior quarterback C.J. Curry, who threw for 202 yards and targeted Force on two of his three touchdown throws, all in the first half. "He's incredible at what he does. When he gets in there, he goes and makes a play. And he does a very good job at it."
The job for Berwick wasn't difficult Friday.
An offense that sputtered for a few midseason games abruptly erupted against a struggling Williamsport team playing without head coach Randy Choate, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and reportedly began suffering from more complications from it this past week.
Berwick built a 47-7 halftime lead behind Matt Cashman's three touchdown runs, a 7-yard scoring dash by wide receiver Jeff Steeber and, of course, the quick-six connection of Curry-to-Force.
"It's weird," Force, a sophomore, said, "when I was playing JV, I was getting tackled all the time."
Force scored on Curry's 29-yard touchdown toss for a 21-7 Berwick lead near the end of the first quarter. It took a little more effort for Force to keep his scoring streak live in the second quarter, though.
Force grabbed Curry's bomb near midfield, then had to out-race the fast-closing Williamsport defense to the end zone to complete a spectacular 84-yard touchdown pass that boosted Berwick's lead to 47-7.
"He's like a home run hitter," Berwick coach George Curry, the quarterback's grandfather, said of Force. "He doesn't hit singles."
Ber – Jake Pecorelli 29 pass from C.J. Curry (kick blocked), 7:09
Ber – Matt Cashman 13 run (Cashman conversion run), 3:57
Wil – Caleb Belle 78 kick return (Austin Robinson kick), 3:43
Ber – Andrew Force 29 pass from Curry (Olivia Seely kick), 0:49
Ber – Cashman 13 run (kick blocked), 11:53
Ber – Cashman 1 run (kick blocked), 7:56
Ber – Force 84 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 2:42
Ber – Jeff Steeber 7 run (Seely kick), 2:12
Wil – Achilles Watson 61 pass from Jerah Reeves (Robinson kick), 8:09
Ber – Nate Maczuga 10 run (Seely kick), 3:33
RUSHING – Wil, Sadiq Burkholder 10-26, Devin Miller 16-10, Isaac Foust 1-4, Jerah Reeves 2- (minus 7), TEAM 1- (minus 11); Ber, Matt Cashman 12-74, Kyle Trenholm 4-45, Jeff Steeber 6-42, Nick Talanca 3-25, Nate Maczuga 8-23, Jake Pecorelli 1-11, Jorden Stout 1-8, Rich Snyder 2-4, Dallas Arner 2-3, Trevon Simmons 1-0, C.J. Curry 1- (minus 12).
PASSING – Wil, Burkholder 6-10-1-24, Reeves 1-1-0-61; Ber, Curry 7-10-1-202.
RECEIVING – Wil, Achilles Watson 3-70, Owen Lukens 2-11, Reeves 1-6, Miller 1- (minus 2); Ber, Pecorelli 4-69, Andrew Force 2-113, Steeber 1-20.
INTS – Wil, Caleb Belle; Ber, Pecorelli.