Berwick High School's Dravyn Bryan, left, and Dale Turner rush Cohen College Prep quarterback Ahiyjah Charles Friday night. Berwick won its homecoming contest, defeating Cohen, 41-14. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)
Berwick eases past Cohen, 41-14
Berwick raced out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 41-14 victory over Cohen College Prep on homecoming Friday.
The Panthers’ four first-quarter scores were more than enough to give them a victory in their final nondistrict contest.
Berwick’s first two scores came on the offense’s first two snaps from scrimmage. After a shanked Green Hornets punt, Keyon Singleton took a handoff and went 12 yards into the end zone untouched on the Panthers’ first snap of the night. Seth Canty, who finished 5-of-5 on point-after attempts, added his first of the night to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead barely two minutes into the game.
On Berwick’s next offensive snap, Berwick quarterback Reed Gonzales rushed 28 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 14-0 just over four minutes into the game after Canty’s point-after attempt.
Berwick (2-3) added two more scores in the first quarter: first a 16-yard scramble by Gonzales and then a 10-yard run by Singleton.
The Panthers added two more scores, both in the second half. One came on an 80-yard touchdown scramble by Gonzales and another on a breakout run by Hayden Seneca of 51 yards.
The Panthers’ defense allowed just one offensive touchdown, and it came on the final play of regulation when Clay Essex broke free for a 50-yard scoring run. The Green Hornets’ only other score came when Jamor Stevenson stripped Gonzales of the ball on 2nd-and-goal and returned the fumble 85 yards for a touchdown with nine minutes and change remaining in the second quarter.
Berwick had 320 yards of offense (all rushing yards) to Cohen College Prep’s 163 yards. All but 20 of Cohen‘s yards came via its run game.
Additionally, the Green Hornets turned the ball over five times on offense.
“It was definitely the fast start we wanted to get off to,” Berwick Coach Mike Walker said. “We got into a little bit of a lull and a little complacent in the second and third quarter, but any time you can get a (win), you’re pleased with it.”
Singleton led the way for Berwick in carries with 20 touches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzales carried just six times but had three touchdowns and 148 yards, thanks to his 80-yard rush.
Berwick attempted just one pass and let its running game do the rest of the work.
“We have a young group in terms of both freshmen and our older guys having not played a whole lot,” Walker said. “To be 2-3 right now is a step in the right direction. We have another big game coming up, and hopefully, we’ll be 3-3 and starting district off on the right foot.”
Berwick will host Patterson in their 9-3A opener Thursday.
For Cohen College Prep (0-5), Essex led the Green Hornets on offense with 11 carries and 53 yards. Ahiyjah Charles rushed seven times for 42 yards.
“Going into the week, we said we could compete and play with these guys but that we had to clean some things up,” Cohen College Prep Coach Ben Powell said. “There were times we played some spot-on defense, shut some things down. We kind of stoned them for a while, and then we’d have a bust.
“We’ve had some problems and injuries this year,” Powell added. “This week was basically our quarterback’s week 1. It looked rusty because it is rusty. We’re going to try to get better and focus on the good things.”