BERWICK — The Berwick Panthers will celebrate homecoming Friday when Abbeville comes to town.
“The kids have handled all the distractions pretty well,” Berwick head coach Craig Brodie Sr. said. “I asked them to give me their attention the two hours I have them, and they have done that.”
Berwick (1-6, 0-4 District 9-3A) lost to Kaplan 47-7 last week. The Panthers turned the ball over on their first three possessions before regrouping.
Berwick didn’t turn the ball over again.
Instead, they responded to the early adversity with a score on their fourth drive when quarterback Bobby Boudreaux completed his only pass of the night, a 17-yard touchdown throw to Nicholas Osburn.
Boudreaux also led Berwick’s rushing attack with 13 carries for 59 yards.
In the game’s final minutes, sophomore quarterback Jeremy Boudreaux rushed for 29 yards to finish second on the team in rushing yardage.
As for this week’s opponent, Brodie said Abbeville is similar to Kaplan.
“They run a split back veer (offense), and No. 6 (Patrick Landry) is pretty good and the quarterback (Ross Duhon) does a good job handling the ball.”
Abbeville (1-7, 1-4) fell to North Vermillion Friday, 17-6.
Buck Morris was the Wildcats’ leading rusher with six carries for 52 yards. Landry added 11 rushes for 27 yards.
Duhon completed five of nine passes for 35 yards and tossed one pick. Xavier Roy caught two passes for 20 yards.
“We worked really hard this week at finding the football and making tackles,” Brodie said. “We have 15 seniors, and I hope they are emotional and ready to play.”
The Panthers also hope to find success on the ground.
“We feel that we can run the ball against them,” Brodie said. “We’re gonna line up and run straight at them. I think we matchup really well against them; we just can’t have the turnovers early.”
Berwick has had trouble with early turnovers all season.
“We’ve done everything we can think of to correct this, but it’s still a huge problem for us,” Brodie said.
The Panthers also have had a lot of injuries on the offensive and defensive lines.
“We’ve had injuries everywhere at this point but so has every other team in the state,” the second-year coach said. “You can’t make any excuses.”
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Vermilion Today contributed to this story.