Berlin Contains Clawing Cougars, 28-19
Written by: WesternPAFootball Staff on Saturday, September 29th, 2012
BERLIN– “For the past couple years, [North Star] has sent us home when we had something good going. It’s nice to have gotten some payback and now we’ll hopefully have a leg up on them if we see them in the playoffs.”
This was the game everyone in the area was waiting for. The classic matchup between North Star, the critically acclaimed “team to beat,” led by poster boy Tony Straisser and the surging Berlin Mountaineers that have been a real threat to all contending teams within the district.
“I just felt like I needed to do something for the team that would get everyone motivated. I wanted to make at least one play to spark the offense and show everyone who we are.”
Theses quotes are words that spilled from Berlin Senior Receiver Luke Bonus’s mouth during a post-game briefing. Bonus, who is known to play especially well against the Cougars in the past, brought the spark that he desired. It was his 42 yard grab that acted as a catalyst and gave Nick Stockwell an opportunity to pound it home and get his team on the board just before halftime.
After that, the Mountaineers showed their true colors. In the second half, a different presence was brought to the gridiron. Berlin was able to maintain Senior Receiver Tony Straisser, who in the past has been a sort of plague throughout the years. Meanwhile, it was defensive threats like Stockwell and Bryce Fochtman who haulted North Star running back Thomas Miller and the running game with a combined 20 tackles. Fochtman was quoted by saying, “I tried to [vocally] rally the team on defense. As the game went on, everything just kept getting easier and easier. Everybody started chiming in and it was a team effort from then on.”
Not just chiming, but buzzing was Bryce’s kid brother Braden who accumulated 78 yards rushing, and chalked up two picks later in the game. It is his continually strong showing on both sides of the ball that helps take the load off of work horse Senior Drew Glotfelty.
Glotfelty, not to be masked by any other star studded performers on North Star’s roster, nearly mirrored Fochtman’s run game with 72 yards on the night, while at the same time, scrambling his way to two touchdowns.
It was the chemistry between Glotfelty and mobile quarterback Blake Miller that added flare to the already potent Berlin offense. Miller again showed fans that he can repeatedly be consistent, averaging a touchdown each game.
Despite valiant defensive efforts from Cougar Derek Mullen who forced a turnover in the third quarter and Straisser who attempted to pace the rush, North Star was just too overwhelmed with Berlin’s depth, which seems to be an increasingly common theme.
Berlin will host a mysterious Northern Cambria football team to kick off homecoming weekend in B-town, while North Star looks to improve against a ‘wild card like’ Shade squad coming off a moral boosting win against Conemaugh Valley.
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