Berlin-Brothersvalley shuts down Blacklick Valley
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
NANTY GLO, Pa. – Behind the pressbox and home seats at Blacklick Valley’s football stadium sits a levee, and on one end of stadium, the first names of all of the Viking senior players are written in the grass.
Before the day was over, Berlin-Brothersvalley made certain to etch an additional trio of names into Blacklick’s memory – the three keys to its punishing rushing attack for which the Vikings had no answer for 24 deciding minutes.
Andre Dauphinais, Jacob Craig and Braden Boyer combined to help key the Mountaineers’ 244-yard effort on the ground and Berlin (6-2) humbled Blacklick Valley (2-6) with a 21-point outburst in the first quarter to win decidedly, 34-0, Saturday afternoon.
Expecting the field conditions to be more tricky than they actually were, Berlin head coach Doug Paul said the goal was to use a power running attack rather than spread the Vikings out.
“Under normal circumstances, we’re probably an 80/20 spread-to-power team,” Paul said. “But in Week 5 (against Meyersdale) we put in the power-I, and it allows us to be a little more diverse offensively. In the first half, our offense was clicking on all cylinders.”
Not to say the Mounts didn’t use some spread this day – they employed their single-wing package early in the game to spread Blacklick out before mixing in the aforementioned power sets. It worked to near-perfection.
Jacob Craig scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 3 and 1 yard and Dauphinais added the other two rushing scores on runs of 5 and 4 yards as Berlin chewed up 160 rushing yards in the first half.
Craig got the scoring started at the 8:55 mark of the first quarter, Dauphinais scored his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the period to cap a 6:05 drive that ate up 65 yards and 12 plays and was aided by two Viking offsides penalties, including one on a critical 4th-and-5 situation.
After Blacklick fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, Craig capped the 21-point first quarter scoring binge with 38 seconds left on his second touchdown of the day. The Mountaineers ran for 137 yards in the first quarter alone.
The Vikings, meanwhile, had little go right. Their first six plays netted zero yards. Quarterback Johnny Sheesley didn’t complete a pass until midway through the second half, and the hosts finished with a net of 65 yards of offense and five first downs, including only 41 rushing yards on 30 carries.
“It was a total team effort today,” Paul said. “We had 11 players out for various reasons – some illnesses, some injuries, some disciplinary issues. We needed our (available) guys to step up and they did.
“We had a great defensive effort today,” Paul continued. “Our defense, all year long, has been playing very good football.”
The Vikings were able to string a pair of first downs together on a five-minute possession in the second quarter, but came away empty handed when Sheesley’s pass was intercepted by Craig along the Mountaineer sideline. From that point on, Blacklick only had one other possession with multiple first downs – a 6:09 possession in the fourth during which the silver and black moved from their own 32 to the Berlin 29. But a bad snap from center lost 20 yards on 2nd down, and the Vikings were left to punt it away.
Berlin salted the game away with two first downs on runs of 11 yards by quarterback Ryan Lynch and 17 yards by Boyer.
Dauphinais finished with a game-high 102 yards on 20 carries with Boyer adding 87 yards on 12 carries and Craig 60 yards on 13 totes. Lynch threw for 53 yards on a 3-of-14 day.
Blacklick Valley was paced by Connor Dulashaw’s 29 yards on six carries. Fullback Grant Reigel had nine carries but only two hard-earned yards to show for his day, and Sheesley threw for 24 yards on a 3-of-15 afternoon. Sheesley also had kickoff returns of 34 and 54 yards on the day.
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