The Berwick Panthers struck first, but the West St. Mary Wolfpack struck more in West St. Mary’s 21-7 victory against Berwick Friday at the St. Mary Parish Jamboree in Morgan City.
The Panthers scored its lone touchdown when sophomore Marquis Rogers picked off West St. Mary quarterback Trevell Dixon at the Wolfpack 40 yard line and returned the ball down the Panthers’ sideline for a touchdown with 2:13 remaining.
However, the Panthers’ lead was short lived as West St. Mary moved the ball 73 yards in seven plays capped by a Dixon 2-yard run as time expired in the first half to tie the game.
West St. Mary continued its onslaught early in the second quarter as a defender picked off Berwick quarterback Bobby Boudreaux and returned the pass 48 yards for a score and a 14-7 West St. Mary advantage.
The Wolfpack closed the scoring later in the second half when Dixon got through the Berwick defense for a 40-yard touchdown run.
Dixon finished the evening with eight carries for 105 yards (13.1 yards per carry) and two scores.
While the Panthers had trouble stopping Dixon, Berwick coach Craig Brodie thought his squad did a good job competing.
“We played hard,” he said.
On defense, he singled out the Pick 6 by Rogers.
“That was a good thing for a young guy like him (in) his first start,” Brodie said.
Brodie said his squad would have been helped more if it would have had its preseason scrimmage against Jeanerette, which was cancelled due to rain.
“I think not having a scrimmage put us behind,” he said.
While the second-year Berwick coach did see some mistakes, he said he saw positives, too. Brodie said it would take time “for it to all come together.”
Berwick finished with 32 yards of total offense in the jamboree, while West St. Mary had 149.
The Panthers were led by senior Nicholas Osburn, who had one carry for 29 yards, while senior Josh Engleton caught one pass for 21 yards.