WRIGHT TWP. ‚?? Under a blue moon, George Curry made a triumphant return to the Berwick sideline.
Clad in Bulldogs blue, Curry watched his charges score the first 27 points in a 48-21 victory over Crestwood in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
‚??When you are out of the game completely like I was, it‚??s like starting over,‚?Ě Curry said. ‚??I felt like I was 21 again.‚?Ě
Matt Cashman, who had just 162 yards on the ground a year ago, nearly broke the Berwick record for yards rushing. Cashman opened his day with a 32-yard run through the right side of the line for a touchdown.
He ran for 22 yards on his next carry and had a 70-yarder just before halftime. He finished with 285 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns, with most of his runs coming behind that right side ‚?? following center Dalton Perla, guard Brent Harner and tackle Andrew Groome.
‚??I couldn‚??t have asked for a better line,‚?Ě Cashman said. ‚??We had trouble with the line (in the preseason), but they did a tremendous job tonight.‚?Ě
Mike Graybeal holds the Berwick record with 305 yards on the ground in a 1975 game against Bloomsburg. Brant Quick had 303 in 2004 against Coughlin.
Cashman did not carry the ball in the final 11 minutes.
‚??I had no idea,‚?Ě Cashman said of the record. ‚??I‚??m very excited to be among names like that, and all of Berwick history. I can‚??t even express how happy I am.‚?Ě
Jake Pecorelli also enjoyed a career night, reaching the end zone four times for Berwick. He scored on a 50-yard reception in the second quarter from C.J. Curry and a 33-yarder early in the fourth. He also scored on end around of 5 and 8 yards to cap his night.
Quarterback Curry, the grandson of the Berwick coach, connected on his first five passes and finished 9-of-12 for 149 yards and one interception. He threw for two scores and ran for another.
‚??Our line dominated out there,‚?Ě George Curry said after his offense piled up 543 yards. ‚??These kids did a good job. Everyone played well.‚?Ě
The Bulldogs defense was on its game, limiting the Comets to 48 yards in the first half and getting one of their three turnovers. A stingy front seven for Berwick held Crestwood to 8 yards on the ground through the game‚??s first 38 minutes.
Adam Harrison forced a fumble in the first half and recovered another in the second half for Berwick. He also had two of the Bulldogs‚?? eight tackles for loss.
‚??When you see the ball rolling around out there, you‚??ve just got to go get it,‚?Ě Harrison said after a beautiful strip of the ball in the first quarter recovered by Brandon Dalberto and a third-quarter recovery. ‚??It was just a huge team effort tonight.‚?Ě
Trailing by 27, sophomore Frank Aigeldinger gave the Comets a spark. He jumped a slant route and intercepted Curry, returning the ball 49 yards to make it 27-7 with three minutes remaining in the first half.
Aigeldinger finished with the two biggest plays of the night for Crestwood. He added a 51-yard run for a score with 4:03 remaining in the game.
‚??He‚??s another youngster,‚?Ě Greg Myers said. ‚??He‚??s a sophomore, and he‚??s a young sophomore. It‚??s his first game and he made some big plays for us.‚?Ě
Crestwood quarterback Jay Popson threw for 148 yards in his first start. Kota Kishel caught five passes for 81 yards.
‚??We‚??re a very young football team, and an unhealthy football team,‚?Ě Myers said. ‚??We lost two starters this week. We showed some good signs, but we came in hoping to limit mistakes and limit turnovers. We turned the ball over in crucial times of the game.‚?Ě
Berwick 48, Crestwood 21
B ‚?? Matt Cashman 32 run (Olivia Seely kick), 10:40
B ‚?? C.J. Curry 10 run (kick failed), 0:53
B ‚?? Cashman 21 run (run failed), 11:18
B ‚?? Jake Pecorelli 50 pass from Curry (Cashman run), 7:49
C ‚?? Frank Aigeldinger 49 interception return (Evan Callahan kick), 3:05
B ‚?? Pecorelli 5 run (Seely kick), 1:21
C ‚?? Callahan 1 run (Callahan kick), 7:52
B ‚?? Pecorelli 8 run (Seely kick), 1:46
B ‚?? Pecorelli 33 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 10:44
C ‚?? Aigeldinger 51 run (Callahan kick), 4:03
RUSHING ‚?? BER, Cashman 21-285, Curry 9-44, Nate Maczuga 5-17, Pecorelli 3-15, Kyle Trenholm 2-11, Tanner Weaver 1-8, Dallas Arner 2-7, Rich Snyder 1-4, Gian Harris 1-2, Jeff Steeber 1-1. CRE, Aigeldinger 6-58, Callahan 8-43, Jay Popson 10-11, Brandon Cole 2-0, Kota Kishel 3-(-10).
PASSING ‚?? BER, Curry 9-12-1-149. CRE, Popson 9-22-1-148, Michael Legg 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING ‚?? BER, Pecorelli 3-88, Zach Ladonis 2-25, Jeff Steeber 2-20, Brandon Dalberto 1-14, Trenholm 1-2. CRE, Kishel 5-81, Andrew Chang 1-29, Rich Golden 1-17, Andre D‚??Souza 1-17, Cole 1-4.
INTS ‚?? BER, Pecorelli 1-30. CRE, Aigeldinger 1-49.
MISSED FGS ‚?? None.