Senior Lloyd Grogan started the game with a kickoff return for a touchdown on the first play. Dontrell Brown converted the extra point for an early 7-0 Eagles lead.
“We’ve been working on that for a long time,” CCHS coach David Furher said of the return game. “It’s a big part of our practice and two-a-days. Most of those guys have been on that unit for three or four years. A lot of experience out there.”
Berwick struggled getting things going on offense but had a few bright spots with Josh Engleton blocking an extra point after a CCHS score.
Josh Singleton showed poise in the pocket with two touchdown passes to Tyler Hoffpauir with the first for 12 yards and the second on a pass that sailed 39 yards.
Hoffpauir was among the area leaders in catches last season and showed the same knack for pulling down passes once again against Berwick.
His presence along with numerous other playmakers should keep defenses honest against the Eagles this season.
“We’ve got a bunch of those guys if you go down the roster,” Furher said. “We’re blessed to have that many guys that can contribute.”
Grogan scored a second touchdown on a kick return in the second half and later on a passing play that saw the all-around athlete leap over the goal line and over the pylon.
The shutout win is nice, but Furher said there is room for improvement before the season opener.
“I think offensively we’ve got some work to do on the line,” Furher said. “I think they played OK, but we could be better and have a sense of urgency. We need to speed up the tempo a little bit more. We’ve got some things we need to work on — definitely.”