DIS­TRICT 2 CLASS 4A

(4) BER­WICK (7-4) AT (1) WY­OMING AREA (9-2)

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WHEN

7, tonight

WHERE

Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Memo­rial Sta­dium, West Pittston

TOUR­NA­MENT

Dis­trict 2 Class 4A semi­fi­nal

UP NEXT

Win­ner ad­vances to the Dis­trict 2 ti­tle game to play Val­ley View or North Po­cono.

LAST MEET­ING

Wy­oming Area 34, Ber­wick 20 (Week 3)

SE­RIES HIS­TORY

Ber­wick leads 18-5

LAST WEEK

Ber­wick 35, West Scran­ton 7 Wy­oming Area 13, Dal­las 12

SCOUT­ING RE­PORT

This will be the fourth meet­ing in the dis­trict play­offs be­tween the two pro­grams with the pre­vi­ous three com­ing when the teams were Class 3A. Ber­wick won in 1996 and 1997, while Wy­oming Area won in 2003.

In the reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing be­tween the two teams, both teams ran 61 of­fen­sive plays. Wy­oming Area ran the ball 54 times for 276 yards, while Ber­wick had more suc­cess throw­ing the foot­ball, com­plet­ing 17 of 28 passes for 250 yards.

Wy­oming Area’s de­fense lim­ited Ber­wick to just 67 yards rush­ing on 33 car­ries.

Wy­oming Area has been one of the top de­fenses in the con­fer­ence all sea­son. The War­riors rank first in to­tal de­fense al­low­ing 227.2 yards per game, and are first in scor­ing de­fense giv­ing up 16.3 points per game.

Ber­wick is fifth in the con­fer­ence in team de­fense, al­low­ing 270.0 yards per game and giv­ing up 19.8 points per game. Ber­wick ranks sec­ond of­fen­sively with 368.2 yards per game.

Wy­oming Area is fourth at 320.0 yards per game.

Ber­wick av­er­ages 32.6 points per game, while Wy­oming Area is at 29.3.

Brian Miles leads the War­riors in rush­ing with 1,114 yards and 19 touch­downs. He av­er­ages 5.2 yards per carry.

The War­riors have in­ter­cepted seven passes on the year with PJ An­geli and Jeff Ur­ban lead­ing with two each. Ur­ban and Brian Williams have re­turned in­ter­cep­tions for touch­downs. Williams has re­turned one punt for a touch­down, while Bran­don Char­ney has kicked 28 ex­tra points and one field goal from 29 yards.

Len Wyda leads Ber­wick with 1,362 yards rush­ing and 24 touch­downs.

Ber­wick kicker Ken Marsh­man has kicked 43 ex­tra points and six field goals with a long of 34 yards.

Ber­wick has in­ter­cepted six passes on the year with Mike Force lead­ing the team with two. Anthony Cicini has re­turned one kick for a touch­down.

KEYS TO THE GAME 1. Stick to the plan

Wy­oming Area doesn’t re­ally change things up too much. The War­riors typ­i­cally stick with what got them to this point of the sea­son with a trick play here or there. The hook and lat­eral is gen­er­ally the play the War­riors like to turn to when they want to shake things up, or they try to get the tight end in­volved.

2. Cross them up

If there is a soft spot in the Wy­oming Area de­fense it comes on cross­ing routes. That could be an area where Ber­wick looks to at­tack to try and help open things up for the run­ning game.

3. Take a chance

Ber­wick’s de­fense gen­er­ally is a pa­tient group that waits for the op­po­nent to make a mis­take and they try to cap­i­tal­ize. Wy­oming Area typ­i­cally doesn’t try to go for the home run ball. The War­riors pre­fer to grind it out, chew clock and get points that way. Tonight might be the time for the War­riors to take a shot on the big play once the of­fense gets the ball on Ber­wick’s side of the field.

FRANK LAURI / FOR THE CIT­I­ZENS’ VOICE

Ber­wick’s Jar­rett Groshek (3) tries to break the tackle of Wy­oming Area’s PJ An­geli in the team’s Week 3 game at Crispin Field.

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