Bonus, Mountaineers Corral Colts
Written by: WesternPAFootball Staff on Saturday, October 6th, 2012
BERLIN- When Northern Cambria is cited for holding teams to just 14 points per game and Berlin is averaging around 34, something has to give. With an out of district game being played in a packed homecoming setting, it was the Mountaineers that utilized key opportunities that allowed them to take this thriller, 21-19.
Aside from last week’s North Star rivalry, this game was one that players and fans have been gearing up for. After all, this bout with Northern Cambria would prove to be Berlin’s biggest test of the season.
For this particular match up, a similar equation was drawn out once more. Under pressure and with time melting off the clock, QB Blake Miller found receiver Luke Bonus down field. By responding to a 7-0 deficit, Bonus solved the equation as timely as he did last week, just before halftime.
Despite this sudden burst of energy, it was not enough to overpower the obvious amount of talent that this Northern Cambria squad possessed. It was hard hitters like Alex Atkins and Darren Benamati that kept Drew Glotfelty’s running game in check.
Senior Offensive Lineman, Wyatt Horning, who is a member of the notably solid Berlin curtain, (which includes fellow senior guns, Levi Bowser and Mitchell Walker) elaborated more after the game.
“Northern Cambria is a team that is well coached. They knew our tendencies and they flat out stopped us. Later on, we threw in some different plays and got the ball rolling.”
As Horning inferred, it was the passing that seemed to open up more and more. Bonus stayed true to his abilities and added another TD (97 yards recieving on the night.) Junior TE Luke Sprowls joined the party and generated a “Mr. Clutch” alter ego as he pulled in some laser beams in the midst of opportune 4th down conversions. Sprowls made big plays that not only kept the offense alive, but also set his team up for red zone rendezvouses.
A modest Sprowls spoke after the game.
“The defense came up with some big plays at the end. I also give a lot of the credit to the offensive line and to Drew Glotfelty [144 yards rushing] who kept running hard.”
Defensive threats like Bryce Fotchman and Collin Stoltzfus punished Senior Colt QB Jeff Hogan with a combined 5 sacks. Meanwhile Trulick, who despite a recent injury, managed to accumulate 14 tackles on the night. Glotfelty’s versatility permeated as he contributed 11 tackles respectively. Bonus, having a break out night, added an interception upon being thrown into a defensive role as a temporary fill in.
Berlin will travel to Central City next Friday. The Mountaineers look to stay perfect against a Shade team that many have deemed, ‘the best they have in years.’
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