DISTRICT 2 CLASS 4A
(4) BERWICK (7-4) AT (1) WYOMING AREA (9-2)
Anthony “Jake” Sobeski Memorial Stadium, West Pittston
District 2 Class 4A semifinal
Winner advances to the District 2 title game to play Valley View or North Pocono.
Wyoming Area 34, Berwick 20 (Week 3)
Berwick leads 18-5
Berwick 35, West Scranton 7 Wyoming Area 13, Dallas 12
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.
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.