WVC football: Berwick outlasts Williamsport; Redeemer blanked

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Williamsport had Treyson Potts back in the lineup. Berwick had two weeks of dominant football on its resume.

The Bulldogs made it three in a row.

Owen Shoemaker topped 200 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns and Alexander Force figured in on three himself to keep Berwick undefeated with an impressive 41-17 victory over the Millionaires on Friday in Williamsport.

Force connected with Dallas Schechterly for a 15-yard score in the first half and ran one in himself from 2 yards out to give the Bulldogs (3-0) a 20-17 lead at halftime.

Berwick’s defense, which hadn’t allowed a point in back-to-back shutouts over Abington Heights and Pittston Area to open the year, clamped down in the second half as the offense continued to make big plays.

Force threw a 51-yard touchdown to Blake Maurer and Shoemaker found the end zone for the second time on the night with a 64-yard score in the fourth quarter to take control of the game.

Williamsport (1-2) was coming off of a surprising shutout loss at Altoona a week earlier, though the Millionaires played that game without Potts, a senior running back who has verbally committed to play for Minnesota.

It was Potts who scored late in the first half to pull Williamsport within three points at the break. He also set up a field goal with a big punt return and had a long touchdown wiped out by penalty.

Mahanoy Area 49, Holy Redeemer 0

The Royals dropped their third straight game to open the season, falling on the road in a non-conference matchup.

Mahanoy Area had lost its first two games of the season by a combined score of 61-7. But the Golden Bears raced out to a 49-0 lead before halftime and cruised to the win with the mercy rule in effect after the break.

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