Berkeley Springs rolls past Petersburg

September 25, 2004|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - It was Berkeley Springs football coach Angelo Luvara at his most enigmatic.

Defiant. Patient. Analytical.

Most of all, combative throughout most of the first half as he cajoled, praised and finally smiled at his much beleaguered defensive unit that had been mostly offensive in their play the last three outings.

But not tonight.

Berkeley Springs (2-2) righted the ship, giving up only one big play to Petersburg while marquee quarterback Tony Belt threw for 157 first-half yards, allowing the Indians to race away from the Vikings 45-6 Friday evening.

By the time the Homecoming festivities were under way at the half, Belt and his favorite receiver, sophomore Ryan Morris, were finished for the evening.


Morris opened the scoring for the Tribe on the second play of the game, getting open in the Vikings' secondary and racing past the Petersburg defenders for the 68-yard score.

Belt put a finishing touch on the Indians' domination in the first half by scoring on an athletic and spectacular 26-yard run to the left corner of the end zone, punctuated by Belt hurdling two Petersburg defenders to score with 31 seconds left.

Luvara was all smiles when asked about the performance of his defensive unit, a group that came under heavy fire.

"We made some fundamental changes on that unit," Luvara said. "I decided to back up some of our younger players with seniors in some key spots."

The plan worked perfectly as the Indians held Petersburg to less than 60 yards in the first half while building a 33-0 lead. It allowed Luvara to look at several younger players.

"Sure, we put pressure on these kids to play better," Luvara said. "I tell them all the time that performance out there is what counts.

"Tonight, I think they got the message."

Luvara said the Indians worked all week to stop the potent ground attack that kept Petersburg in the game for three quarters against Keyser a week ago.

"We were worried about them, but our kids played well," Luvara said. "And I think Tony was a tremendous difference. He and Ryan really played well tonight."

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