Short handed Panthers take on Kaplan in District 9-3A action
By: Staff Reports
Shorthanded Berwick hosts Kaplan in District 9-3A play Friday at Geisler Stadium.
The Panthers (0-7, 0-3) has lost six players to injury in the last two weeks.
“Injuries and sickness have forced us to reconstruct the offensive line,” first-year Berwick head coach Craig Brodie said.
James Belle and Nick Duthu are out for the remainder of the season, but Bobby Boudreaux returns this week.
“We also lost our center to a broken hand last week and our backup is sick so it’s tough,” Brodie said. “But we did have some new freshmen come out for the team and no one has quit working hard.”
BHS starting quarterback Reed Leonard was also injured in Friday’s 42-6 at Hanson but he will return this week.
“Reed has practiced all week,” he said.
Berwick was down to sophomore third-string quarterback Drew Landry last week.
Landry played well running for 63 yards on eight carries.
“He came in and competed and that’s all we can ask of these young kids,” Brodie said. “I’m very happy that the Berwick fans understand that it will not get fixed overnight but it will get fixed.”
BHS will try to get more practice and game reps for younger players in the next three weeks.
“We will also get back into the weight room to get stronger for next year,” Brodie said.
Kaplan was down 14-10 at halftime last week against Franklin, but stormed back for a 29-14 homecoming victory. The Pirates improved to 2-1 in district and 3-4 overall.
Fullback Samuel Hoffpauir and tailback Jante Rutland combined for 352 yards on the ground.
Rutland had touchdown runs of 5, 27 and 32 yards, while Hoffpauir finished with a 17-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Kameron Abshire was 7-for-16 passing with 101 yards for Kaplan. Slade Boullion had two catches for 35 yards, while Trey Choate had two for 31 yards.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.