Crestwood advances to District Final with a victory over Berwick
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John Kotsko | November 12, 2022
It’s no secret that Crestwood likes to run the football. For ten weeks, the Comets rushing attack has not been stopped. The running game was on full display once again as Crestwood defeated the Berwick Bulldogs 56-14 on Saturday afternoon to advance to the District Final next week. Comets Head Coach Ryan Arcangeli on his team’s rushing attack. “It doesn’t come around often. To have a special group like this to buy into this and to know we need three or four tough yards, we can get em. It means alot to us. It’s nice as a coach, no doubt about it, makes it easy.”
The Comets started with the ball and faced a third and 2 and Noah Schultz went for four yards. They once against a third down, this time from one yard to go at the Berwick 49 yard line. Freshman quarterback Jaden Shedlock scored from 49 yards out for a 7-0 Crestwood lead with 8:54 remaining in the first quarter.
The Comets defense forced a three and out on Berwick’s first drive of the game. Crestwood started at midfield and went five plays that ended on a Noah Schultz nine yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead with 5:36 remaining in the second quarter. The Bulldogs were unable to get a first down on their ensuing drive and punted the ball away. It took one play for the Comets as Schultz scored from 60 yards out for his second touchdown of the game and a 21-0 with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
Berwick needed to score on their next possession and Ethan Lear gained 14 yards on the next play plus an unneccessary roughness penalty gave the Bulldogs a first down. Berwick faced a fourth and 1 at the Crestwood 22 yard line and Matt Lonczynski went to Bo Sheptock for seven yards. Two plays later, Lonczynski found Drey Wilk for a 13 yard touchdown to cut the Comets lead to 21-7 with nine seconds remaining in the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, the Comets scored from a Schultz 53 yard run to make it 28-7 with 11:21 left in the second quarter. The Crestwood defense continued their great play as they forced another three and out. The Comets special teams then blocked the punt and got possession at the Berwick eight yard line. Schultz scored his fourth touchdown of the afternoon from eight yards out for a 35-7 lead with 9:33 in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs were able to move the ball on their next possession as Ethan Lear and Lonczynski got first downs to get into Comet territory. They faced a fourth and 1 at the Crestwood 16 yard line but an offsides by Crestwood gave Berwick a first down. They faced a third and 15 and Lonczynski’s pass ended up being intercepted by Nick Miscavage in the end zone for a touchback.
On the ensuing Comets possession, they faced a third and 3. Shedlock got a four yard run to keep the drive alive. Schultz then got runs of 18 and 39 to get the ball to the Berwick 12 yard line. After a Shedlock one yard gain on first down, Schultz scored his fifth touchdown of the afternoon with an 11 yard score to make it 42-7 with 59.4 seconds left in the first half. Schultz hit 2,000 yards on the season in today’s game.
The Crestwood defense forced another three and out and Berwick punted the ball away. On the first play of the drive, The Bulldogs recovered a fumble with good field position. However, on the second play of the drive, Nick Miscavage picked off his second pass of the game and returned it 79 yards for a touchdown and a 49-7 lead with eight seconds left til halftime.
We spent the second half on a running clock due to the mercy rule. Berwick got on the board one more as Lonczynski went to Spencer Kishbaugh for a 47 yard touchdown with 1:24 remaining in the third quarter. Crestwood got another score as Allen Agnon scored from two yards out to make it 56-14 with 9:18 in the fourth quarter. Crestwood will play either Dallas or Valley View in the District Final next Friday. Regardless on who Crestwood plays, it will be a rematch. The Comets will be ready. “Really good football teams and we’re gonna have a tough one.” said Arcangeli.
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