BERWICK – Berwick wanted to extract a little revenge for a lopsided loss last season to Dallas.
Well, mission accomplished.
The Bulldogs reached the end zone seven times in a 50-14 thumping of the Mountaineers at Crispin Field on Friday night.
"Last year (a 53-20 loss) was a blowout and we needed redemption," said Berwick running back Matt Cashman, who ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns. "We wanted to come out and punch them in the mouth. They did get those two big plays, but we punched them right back."
Quarterback C.J. Curry threw for 208 yards in the first half, including touchdowns of 51 and 54 yards to Jake Pecorelli.
Pecorelli was wide open on a post pattern behind the Dallas secondary in the first quarter to give Berwick a 15-0 lead. In the second quarter, he ran a deep crossing pattern that looked like it would deliver a first down, but then slipped a tackle and raced toward the end zone.
Pecorelli finished with four receptions for 114 yards and returned an interception right before halftime 43 yards.
"Jake is just a great athlete," C.J. Curry said. "He's my primary target ... he's a great receiver. You can't outhrow Jake and you can't underthrow him, either. But we have a lot of good receivers out there who make big plays along with Jake."
Curry opened the scoring with a 23-yard bootleg around left end on the Bulldogs' first drive. He had a spectacular half, throwing for 208 yards on 9-of-17 passing. He led four scoring drives as the Bulldogs went 5-of-7 on third-down conversions in the half.
Dallas refused to go away early. Trailing by 15, Kris Roccograndi found a lane over the left side and burst free for a 58-yard scoring run.
After a Berwick score made it 21-7, quarterback Ryan Zapoticky connected on an 82-yard post pattern with Jason Simonovich to make it 21-14 with 4:25 left in the first half.
"We made two mistakes," Berwick coach George Curry said. "We got caught in a blitz on the touchdown run. And then the biggest kid on their team beats our defense. Other than those two plays, we played well."
Berwick (3-0) closed the door from there, scoring the final 29 points of the game.
The Bulldogs finished with five sacks of Zapoticky and forced a number of hurries. Take away the two scoring plays and the Mountaineers (0-3) were limited to 89 yards on their remaining 50 snaps. Dallas was 2-of-13 on third downs, with one conversion being the Simonovich touchdown (a third-and-23).
"I expect to win, but lights out?" George Curry said of a 3-0 start with three one-sided wins. "Our line ... I'm surprised with how well they've played. And we've got playmakers. Cashman, Pecorelli, Jeff Steeber. Tonight, (Ian) Mazonkey came around tonight and made some nice catches."
John Bushinski returned a fumble 37 yards to put the Dawgs defense on the board in the third quarter. Adam Harrison was in on three of the Berwick sacks and Brandon Dalberto had a part in two of them. Jordan Stout and Travis Potter were also in on sacks for Berwick.
BER – C.J. Curry 23 run (Matt Cashman run), 6:02
BER – Jake Pecorelli pass from Curry (Olivia Seely kick), 3:44
DAL – Kris Roccograndi 58 run (Ryan Kozloski kick), 8:58
BER – Cashman 13 run (kick failed), 5:53
DAL – Jason Simonovich 82 pass from Ryan Zapoticky (Kozloski kick), 4:25
BER – Pecorelli 54 pass from Curry (Seely kick), 1:50
BER – Cashman 28 run (Cashman run), 2:51
BER – John Bushinski 37 fumble recovery (Seely kick), 1:00
BER – Cashman 9 run (Seely kick), 7:33
RUSHING – DAL, Kris Roccograndi 10-84, ryan Zapoticky 14-14, Bill Gately 1-(-1), Tom Hall 1-(-2), Ryan Kozloski 1-(-3), Logan Brace 3-(-6), Team 1-(22); BER, Matt Cashman 18-104, C.J. Curry 9-35, Jeff Steeber 3-23, Jake Pecorelli 0-16, Kyle Tenholm 2-8, Tanner Weaver 1-7, Nate Maczuga 2-0
PASSING – DAL, Zapoticky 9-21-1-229; BER, Curry 12-21-0-234
RECEIVING – DAL, Jason Simonovich 5-105, Darik Johnson 2-36, Kyle Zumchak 1-15, Kozloski 1-9; Pecorelli 4-114, Zach Ladonis 3-28, Ian Mazonkey 2-57, Steeber 2-26, Will Masteller 1-9
INTS – BER, Pecorelli 1-43
MISSED FGS – None