BER­WICK (8-4) AT NORTH PO­CONO (9-3)

Gameface - - DISTRICT 2 CLASS 4A FINAL - COM­PILED BY STEVE BEN­NETT / STAFF WRITER

WHEN

7, tonight

WHERE

Tro­jan Sta­dium, North Po­cono

TOUR­NA­MENT

Dis­trict 2 Class 4A cham­pi­onship game

UP NEXT

Win­ner advances to the PIAA play­offs and will play Car­di­nal O’Hara or Imhotep Char­ter.

LAST MEET­ING

Ber­wick 38, North Po­cono 28 (2011)

SE­RIES HIS­TORY

Ber­wick leads 6-3

LAST WEEK

Ber­wick 38, Wy­oming Area 6 North Po­cono 34, Val­ley View 6

SCOUT­ING RE­PORT

Ber­wick is look­ing to win its 11th dis­trict cham­pi­onship in school his­tory, and is 23-7 over­all in the dis­trict play­offs.

North Po­cono is 3-2 in the dis­trict play­offs, hav­ing last ap­peared in 2010. The Tro­jans won the 1993 Class 3A cham­pi­onship. In 1994, Ber­wick de­feated North Po­cono in the cham­pi­onship game.

North Po­cono started the sea­son strong, win­ning its first five games, but stum­bled down the stretch, los­ing three of its last five reg­u­lar sea­son games.

The Tro­jans ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship game with wins over Crest­wood and Val­ley View by a com­bined score of 82-20. Matt Craig and Tyler Mus­grave make the of­fense go out of the back­field. Most ev­ery­thing North Po­cono does comes out of the I-for­ma­tion.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Donny Blaine has thrown for 1,087 yards and eight touch­downs. He has been in­ter­cepted four times in 136 at­tempts. Dale Moore is the lead­ing re­ceiver with 16 catches and av­er­ages 19.1 yards per re­cep­tion. Ben Dial has 14 catches for 202 yards and av­er­ages 14.4 yards per catch. Craig has nine catches out of the back­field with four of them go­ing for scores and av­er­ages 30.7 yards per catch. Mus­grave has seven catches with an av­er­age of 18.4 yards with one score.

As a team the Tro­jans have rushed for 2,557 yards and passed for 1,087. They are av­er­ag­ing 303.7 yards of of­fense per game.

De­fen­sively, the Tro­jans have given up 1,959 yards rush­ing and 1,114 pass­ing for an av­er­age of 256.1 per game.

Len Wyda leads Ber­wick’s no-hud­dle, hurry-up of­fense with 1,461 yards with an av­er­age of 5.5 yards per carry. He has rushed for 25 touch­downs.

Jared Marsh­man is sec­ond on the team in rush­ing. He’s completed 58.6 per­cent of his passes and av­er­ages 16.1 yards per com­ple­tion.

An­thony Cicini is sec­ond on the team in re­cep­tions with 18 with an av­er­age of 15.4 yards per catch. Mike Force has 17 re­cep­tions. Kicker Ken Marsh­man has kicked 48 ex­tra points and seven field goals with a long of 34 yards.

Ber­wick av­er­ages 370.1 yards of to­tal of­fense per game, 136.8 via the pass with 233.3 com­ing on the ground. The Bull­dogs av­er­ag­ing 33.0 points per game. Ber­wick’s de­fense ranks fourth in the WVC, al­low­ing 266.4 yards per game. It al­lows 166.5 yards on the ground and 99.8 through the air. Over­all, Ber­wick al­lows 18.6 points per game.

KEYS TO THE GAME 1. Match them up

Look for Ber­wick to try to spread out the North Po­cono de­fense. It will cre­ate some fa­vor­able matchups on the out­side. At the same time, that may free up some open space for the run­ning backs and some de­signed runs for the quar­ter­back.

2. The ‘I’ has it

The Tro­jans like to base the of­fense out of the I for­ma­tion. From there, they try to es­tab­lish the tail­back and the full­back off tackle. Of course, Ber­wick’s de­fense will have to watch for the play ac­tion. The Tro­jans are very good at us­ing the play-ac­tion pass when the de­fense comes up to play the run.

3. Think big

North Po­cono’s de­fen­sive front four is a solid group and the lineback­ers play phys­i­cal. Don’t be sur­prised to see Ber­wick try to hit on a few big plays, es­pe­cially early to try to move the ball down the field.

FRANK LAURI / FOR THE CI­TI­ZENS’ VOICE

Ber­wick, which is look­ing to win its 11th Dis­trict 2 cham­pi­onship, takes the field for a game ear­lier this sea­son.

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