Turnovers doom Berwick in loss to Hanson
By GEOFF STOUTE
FRANKLIN — Turnovers continued to be the Berwick Panthers’ worst nightmare as the squad surrendered 19 points off them in a 46-21 loss to Hanson Thursday evening.
Of the Tigers’ 32 first-half points, 19 came following turnovers.
The other scores came on Hanson’s first drive to start the game after they had received the opening kickoff and later following a Berwick punt.
Hanson capitalized on two interceptions by Berwick quarterback Bobby Boudreaux — one in the Hanson end zone after Berwick had driven deep into Tiger territory and another returned 42 yards by Austin Luke for a score.
“It’s just, it’s old,” Berwick coach Craig Brodie said of the turnovers. “I thought we got past all that. That’s how it’s been the last two years trying to rebuild this thing. Tonight, we took a big step backwards. … Like I told the kids, sometimes you got to take a step backwards to go two steps forward. Hats off to Hanson. I thought they played a heck of a football game. They did some things on defense that took us awhile to adjust to and I thought they played their best of the year, that’s for sure. They’ve gotten a lot better since … I saw them in the jamboree. (I) wish them luck.”
Offensively, the Tigers were led by quarterback Bo Barrilleaux, who completed 16 of 24 passes for 307 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Royce Norton caught seven of those passes for 118 yards and two scores, while Josh Sanchez caught three passes for 79 yards. Jacob Stewart also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass.
On the ground, Jeff Soulis led the Panthers with 17 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Following a long kickoff return to the Berwick 26 to begin the game, Hanson needed just three plays to reach the end zone.
Soulis carried the ball all three times, scoring on the third carry on a 5-yard run with 10:46 remaining in the contest.
Jacob Hebert’s extra point was no good, but Hanson led 6-0.
Later in the first quarter after forcing a Berwick punt, the Tigers again moved down the field for another score, capped by a 1-yard run by Beau LeBlanc with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. LeBlanc’s 2-point conversion run was good for a 14-0 Hanson lead.
Berwick responded to the deficit with its best drive of the night as the Panthers moved the ball from their own 29 to the Hanson 25.
However, on first-and-goal from the Tigers’ 3, Boudreaux’s pass was intercepted by Luke and returned to the Hanson 46.
Hanson cashed in on the turnover as Barrilleaux found Norton for a 9-yard touchdown later in the drive. Barrilleaux’s two-point conversion pass was no good, but Hanson led 20-0 with 5:49 remaining in the first half.
It would be the second of consecutive scores via turnovers as a Berwick fumble two plays into its next possession was recovered inside the Berwick red zone.
Two plays later, Barrilleaux again found Norton for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Barrilleaux’s two-point pass was no good, but Hanson led 26-0 with 4:17 remaining.
Berwick responded on the scoreboard with a five-play drive that included a 40-yard reception by Andrew Askew for a first-and-goal at the Hanson 1.
From there, Jeremy Boudreaux took a handoff one play later and scored on a 1-yard run with 2:03 remaining to cut the deficit to 26-7.
Hanson added one more first-half score via a pick 6 that Luke returned 42 yards for a touchdown with 32.1 seconds remaining. Breaux’s extra point was no good for the 32-7 margin.
While Berwick eliminated points off turnovers in the second half, it could not catch the Tigers, who scored on their opening drive of the third quarter via a 9-yard pass from Barrilleaux to Norton with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter.
The Panthers closed the gap to 39-21 with consecutive scores, one on a Bobby Boudreaux 8-yard run with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter after the Panthers had recovered a Hanson fumble at the Tiger 8, and another on its next possession via an 11-yard pass from Boudreaux to Tim Shelby with 8:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Soulis capped the game’s scoring with a 23-yard run with 5:47 left in the contest.
Offensively, the Tigers rolled up 445 yards (307 passing and 138 rushing).
For Berwick, Bobby Boudreaux led the Berwick offense with 17 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown, while he completed 10 of 21 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and tossed two interceptions.
Jeremy Boudreaux also rushed seven times for 24 yards and a score for the Panthers, who rolled up 128 yards on the ground.
Brooks Richard led the Panthers’ receivers with five catches for 64 yards, while Justin Morvant caught three passes for 63 yards.
The Panthers totaled 306 yards of offense.
“They weren’t letting us run the football between the tackles, and we had to throw the football a little more than we wanted to,” Brodie said. “They just outplayed us. They just played harder than us, took it to us early and we just compounded it by making mistakes. We made all the turnovers.”
Berwick (0-3) will return to action Sept. 27 when it hosts Kipp Renaissance for homecoming.
First downs 14 18
Rushing 128 138
Passing 178 307
PA-C-HI 21-10-2 24-16-1
Total offense 306 445
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1
Scoring by quarter
BHS 0 7 7 7 21
HMS 14 18 7 7 46
Hanson: Jeff Soulis 5 yd. run. (Kick failed)
Hanson: Beau LeBlanc 1 yd. run (LeBlanc
Hanson: Bo Barrilleaux 9-yd. pass to Jacob
Stewart (Pass fail) 5:49
Hanson: Barrilleaux 19-yd. pass to Royce
Norton (Pass fail) 4:17
Berwick: Jeremy Boudreaux 1 yd. run
(Brooks Richard kick) 2:03
Hanson: Austin Luke 42 yd. interception
return (Kick fail) 32.1 seconds
Hanson: Barrilleaux 9-yd. pass to Norton
(Cameron Stovall kick) 5:48
Berwick: Bobby Boudreaux 8-yd. run.
(Richard kick) 4:17
Berwick: Boudreaux 11-yd. pass to Tim
Shelby (Richard kick) 8:50
Hanson: Soulis 23-yd. run. (Stovall kick)
Berwick Individual Stats
Bobby Boudreaux 17-84 1 TD; Jeremy Boudreaux 7-24 1 TD; Druvan Robinson 3-
11; Brooks Richard 2-11; Justin Morvant 1-4; Marquise Rodgers 1-(-6)
Bobby Boudreaux 10-21-2 178 yards, 1 TD
Brooks Richard 5-64; Justin Morvant 3-63; Adam Askew 1-40; Tim Shelby 1-11.