Berwick High School's Dylan Cothron catches a tipped pass for a touchdown during last week's 29-26 victory against Patterson in District 9-3A action. The Panthers will continue league play Friday when they travel to face Lutcher. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
Berwick will travel to face Lutcher Friday
Berwick will be looking to win its third straight contest Friday when it travels to face District 9-3A foe Lutcher.
The Panthers come into the game having won two straight after defeating Cohen College Prep and Patterson .
While Lutcher enters Friday’s contest with a 2-4 mark, the Bulldogs’ losses have come to quality opponents in Amite, St. Charles, St. Amant, and, a week ago, a 34-13 loss to St. James. St. James is ranked No. 1 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A poll.
“This is no offense to any team that we’ve played so far, but they’re going to be the most talented team that we’ve played top to bottom,” Berwick Coach Mike Walker said of Lutcher. “They’re very skilled. They’re physical. They’re very well-coached, so I mean it’s kind of shocking, I think even to them that they’re sitting here 2-4. We’re going to have to go out there and give it our best shot and see what happens.”
A week ago against St. James, the Bulldogs’ two touchdowns came via runs by Mekhi Patterson.
Lutcher runs a spread offense this season.
“Their offense is good,” Walker said. “They got some very, very talented skill players. A pretty big offensive line. A pretty physical offensive line. They take what you give them. If you put too many people in the box, they’ll throw the ball. If you put too many people in space, they’ll run the ball. We’re going to try to stop the run first, stop the quarterback run and try to make them one-dimensional.
Defensively, Walker said the Bulldogs have utilized a 4-2-5 look but last week they lined up in a 3-4 scheme. He expects to see the 4-2-5 look this week.
“Their defense has kind of been not quite as good as what I think they thought coming into the year,” Walker said. “They’ve played some very quality opponents, and there’s some things that we think we have a chance to take advantage of. Obviously, we’re going to try to run the ball football first and set up some of our RPOs and some of our play-action passes.”
This year, Berwick’s offense is led by running back Keyon Singleton, who has rushed 112 times for 691 yards with nine touchdowns.
Quarterback Reed Gonzales also has 62 carries for 397 yards and eight touchdowns.
Through the air, Gonzales has completed 40 of 74 passes for 433 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Seth Canty is Berwick’s leading receiver with 23 catches for 221 yards and a score.
Additional reporting by The Houma Courier and www.theadvocate.com/sports