Berkeley springs to victory

August 30, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Berkeley Springs Indians weren't going to let a six-point deficit bother them Friday night.

In fact, they seemed more than content to let Bishop Walsh worry with their six-point lead all by themselves.

The Spartans were unable to take advantage of several scoring opportunities in the first quarter, allowing the Indians calm their first-game jitters, reel off 45 unanswered points and cruise to a 45-6 win in the season opener for both teams.

"I thought that Bishop Walsh started off well," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "They changed defenses on us that we have never seen. When we figured out what they were doing, we were able to make the adjustments."

Senior tailback Matt Mason was the biggest weapon for Berkeley Springs, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 239 yards in the first half. He finished with 250 yards on 14 carries.


Mason's touchdowns came on runs of 85, 22 and 54 yards. The Indians' other two first-half touchdowns came on a 39-yard pass from Matt Weaver to Tony Belt and a 35-yard punt return by Matt Rockwell.

Meanwhile, the Indians defense held Bishop Walsh to minus-8 rushing yards.

"I thought that we played pretty well," Luvara added. "I thought that our defense set up a lot of our things on offense. We were real pleased with our defense."

Berkeley Springs added two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard pass from Joe Whitehead to Mark Kelley and a 10-yard run by Ryan Morris.

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