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Indians' second shot at Frankfort comes just at right time

November 18, 2002|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

Familiarity breeds contempt? That's not completely true in this case.

As the Berkeley Springs Indians prepared for their first postseason football game this week, they didn't have to go too far back to access information about their playoff foe.

The Indians' opponent today, the Frankfort Falcons, paid a visit just four weeks ago and left Berkeley Springs with a 26-6 victory.

That Frankfort won that game isn't important, says Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara. What is important is what the Indians got out of that game.

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"I think it's a good thing that we're playing them again," Luvara said. "We know a little bit more about them, about what they like to do. They're a little bit more predictable than we are, so that could be an advantage for us."

Frankfort (8-2) works out of the wing-T offense and relies primarily - as most wing-T teams do - on running the ball and play-action passing.

Berkeley Springs, however, is much less predictable with the ball. The Indians (7-3) have the ability to throw the ball downfield or march it on the ground. It's all a matter of what the defense gives them.

"We're a pretty well-balanced team. I think we can do one thing as well as the other," Luvara said. "If they're going to put eight guys in the box, we can throw it over them. Or we can run it at them if they start cheating back."

The Indians will rely heavily on the three big-play threats - quarterback Luke Truax (2,107 yards passing, 18 TDs), receiver Matt Rockwell (64 receptions, 1,192 yards, 12 TDs) and running back Matt Mason (1,042 yards rushing, 7 TDs) - which led them to a school-record 279 points this season and the long-cherished playoff bid.

The berth is just the latest step in the turnaround of the Berkeley Springs program since Luvara arrived in 2000. Inheriting an 0-10 team in 1999, the Indians have gone 3-7, 5-5 (with three wins stripped because of an ineligible player) and 7-3 under Luvara.

"It's a great accomplishment. They've worked hard for three years to get to this point," Luvara said. "But I don't think they're happy saying, 'We made it.' We hope we can go down there and play well and keep this thing going."

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