Berwick completes a challenging three game district stretch as it travels to District 9-3A leader North Vermilion Friday.
“We have another tough matchup Friday,” Berwick head coach Craig Brodie Sr. said after a 45-7 loss to Patterson. “North Vermilion beat Patterson, so they are a good team, but I don’t think Patterson played their best in that game. It’s all about matchups, and we try to find things that will help us.”
Last week, North Vermilion got two field goals in a 6-0 win against Franklin. The Patriots were averaging 25 points per game coming into the contest.
A defensive battle broke out with North Vermilion totaling just 182 yards of offense in the game, while Franklin had 214 yards. The Patriots completed just one of 12 passes.
“Sometimes you have to be lucky and our kids made some plays, and we got a big call in the first half on offensive interference,” said NVHS coach Tommy Byler. “They hurt us with some of the things they did. They made some changes that really affected us.”
As for Berwick, the Panthers found some success against Patterson on the ground.
The Panthers rushed for 75 yards after only gaining 20 yards against Erath two weeks ago.
“We have gone to more two-back sets so we can get some quick hitters,” Brodie said. “But we haven’t gone away from the spread; it’s about what a defense gives us. We’re just trying to play better at this point.”
Berwick (0-4, 0-2) has gotten off to extremely slow starts.
The Lumberjacks converted three Panthers’ turnovers into touchdowns in the first quarter.
“We continue to struggle early in games,” Brodie said following last week’s loss. “We keep falling behind quickly, and against a good team like Patterson you’re not going to have any success.”
Berwick turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions in the contest.
In last week’s contest, Berwick’s touchdown was scored by sophomore quarterback Jeremy Boudreaux on a 30-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
Boudreaux led the Panthers’ ground game with four carries for 27 yards.
Information from The Daily Iberian was used in this story.