Berkeley Springs strikes quickly

October 07, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Some offenses earn nicknames.

So if Washington now has the Fun 'n' Gun, then Berkeley Springs should be known as the Tranquilizer Gun. That's because the Indians have a knack of putting their opponents to sleep.

Berkeley Springs got it rocking on Friday, scoring 26 of its points in the second quarter on three short drives and a fumble return to run off Hancock 40-6 in the renewal of their river rivalry.

The Indians' quick hitting attack was far from peaceful for the Panthers (3-2), who entered the game ranked eighth in the Maryland Class 1A West playoff ratings.


"The second quarter was a nightmare," Hancock coach Bill Sterner said. "We knew we were going to have a tough time with their athleticism. Everything we didn't want to happen all happened in the second quarter."

Berkeley Springs took advantage of favorable field positions, scoring on drives of 35, 35, 39 and 31 yards and a 30-yard fumble return on a kickoff by Randy Waugh to build a 33-0 halftime lead.

"I told them at the half that it was all a matter of field position in the first half," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "We set the whole thing up in the first quarter (with the field position) and just happened to do all the scoring in the second quarter."

No. 3 Berkeley Springs (5-1) used two Luke Truax-to-Matt Rockwell touchdown passes and a pair of 1-yard scoring runs by Jamie Moore and Levi Havermale. The first three scores came in a matter of three minutes, 21 seconds as Hancock had trouble getting the ball out of its half of the field.

"We gave them three short touchdowns and then when the scored on the fumble return - I felt really sorry for Ricky Snow because he is one of the most dependable players we have - that's when you know things aren't going right."

Berkeley Springs had it's 33-point lead despite only 176 yards of offense in the first half. Meanwhile, Hancock managed only 21 yards and one first down in the first 12 minutes - the majority of it coming on Josh Ruppenthal's 18-yard run on its first play of the game.

It took the Indians some time to get into the flow and give the Panthers the knockout drops.

"We played with a lot of emotion in the first half. We were too high," Luvara said. "(Truax) was overthrowing passes until he settled down. We were pumped because of this rivalry. This is one where it doesn't matter if you are 0-10, you had better be 1-9 after this one."

Truax finished 10 for 17 passing in slightly more than a half of play for 145 yards and the two touchdowns. Rockwell caught seven of the passes - including a 32- and a 6-yard scores - for 110 yards.

Berkeley Springs went up 40-0 in the third quarter as Matt Mason scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter. Hancock avoided the shutout when Eli Martinez hit Justin Unger on a little fourth-down hitch pass that became a 27-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Berkeley Spring finished with 286 yards of offense, including 107 by Mason on 15 carries. Curtis Ray led Hancock with 87 yards on 16 carries.

"This is a football team," Luvara said. "It doesn't matter who scores. It just matters if we win or lose."

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