Berwick too much for Williamsport

Coming into Friday night’s matchup against leading statewide Class AAA?title contender Berwick Bulldogs, not many people gave Williamsport a chance.

But when Javon Brown took the opening kickoff 57 yards, setting up the Millionaires with great field position, maybe a few people thought to themselves what a Cinderella story it could be.

And five plays later when Isaac Faust scored from three yards out to give the Millionaires a quick 7-0 lead perhaps those people thought Cinderella was on her way to the ball.

“It was exactly where we wanted to be” coach Kevin Choate said.

Unfortunately for Choate, he couldn’t say the same about the scoreboard at the end of 48 minutes.

Williamsport kept the game competitive for the majority of the first half, but the Bulldogs proved too much en route to a 48-7 victory at Millionaire Stadium.

“We competed,” Choate said. “I was really proud of the kids.”

With the score tied 7-7 at the start of the second quarter Jay Westbrook sacked JJ Curry on third down to the crowd’s delight.

The ball was on its way back to the Millionaires’ offense, along with the momentum. That momentum, however, was short-lived as Dain Kowalski intercepted a Dale Berkheimer pass just four plays later.

Kowalski scored from five yards out on the next play to give undefeated Berwick its first lead of the game.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t look back.

On the next Bulldogs’ possession Curry connected with Andrew Force for a 66-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 19-7.

Then, following a sack and forced fumble, Curry hit AJ Vandermark with a 38-yard bomb on the next play from scrimmage to put Berwick up 20 headed into the half.

“We were playing against a class team who’s probably going to compete for a state championship,” Choate said. “They kind of wore us down.”

Despite the loss Choate was pleased with the performance of his offense.

“I think our offensive line figured out that they can move the ball,” Choate said. “They moved it pretty effectively and I think that’s the first time all year we did that.”

Faust led Williamsport with 46 rushing yards. Tanner Bashnick led the receiving corps with two catches for 42 yards.

The loss drops Williamsport’s record to 2-5. The Millionaires host 1-6 Tunkhannock next Friday.

“This [Berwick] is obviously what we want to be,” Choate said. “But in order to get there it’s going to take a lot of work.”