Selinsgrove was once again giving Berwick some early problems. This year, however, the Dawgs weren’t leaving the game with a loss.
Owen Shoemaker broke loose for a 40-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, triggering a 21-7 road victory for Berwick over the Seals on Friday.
The win ended a skid against the former Susquehanna Valley Conference rival and kept the Dawgs undefeated on the season at 5-0.
Berwick entered the game averaging 40 points, a total the Dawgs hit in last week’s win over rival Wyoming Valley West. On Friday, though, they led just 7-0 at halftime thanks to an Alex Force touchdown pass to Alex Sharkuski for 32 yards late in the first quarter.
From there, the teams spent most of the first half trading punts.
Berwick shook off a lost fumble near midfield as the defense came up with a pair of sacks to force a punt, which the Dawgs managed to block, flipping field position.
An interception by the Dawgs defense was answered by another fumble recovery by the Seals, keeping the score 7-0 at the break.
Shoemaker got the offense back in rhythm, however, and Force threw his second score of the night, hooking up with Teagan Wilk for a 34-yard touchdown in the third.
The Seals (2-3) spoiled Berwick’s bid for a third shutout in five games by throwing a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
Hazleton Area 34, Wallenpaupack 32
For the second straight week, a two-point conversion put Hazleton Area behind late in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars made sure to give their standout kicker a chance to win it this time around.
Will Garcia hit a 34-yard field goal in the final minute of regulation to give the Cougars a victory on their long trip up to Wallenpaupack, helping them recover from a painful 64-63 loss to Williamsport a week ago.
Trailing most of the night, the Buckhorns scored with five minutes left in the fourth and passed up a tying extra point to go for two and the lead, just as the Millionaires had done.
But the 32-31 lead wouldn’t hold as the Cougars (2-3) drove into the red zone and set up Garcia for the winning kick.
Hazleton Area’s Sparky Wolk opened the scoring with a short touchdown run in the first quarter. Damon Horton then found the end zone from 40 yards out.
Jacob Hunsinger answered a Buckhorns touchdown to restore a two-score lead with a 75-yard catch-and-run, with Will Garcia tacking on a late field goal for a 24-7 halftime lead.
Paupack (2-3) came out of the locker room with strength for the second half, getting two points back on a safety and then ripping off a long touchdown run, pulling within 24-17 after a two-point conversion.
Horton’s second touchdown of the night didn’t give the Cougars breathing room for long as the Buckhorns closed back within a touchdown early in the fourth before briefly taking the lead late.