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Indians impressive in blowout of Petersburg

August 26, 2006|by BOB PARASILITI

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Berkeley Springs football team spent an entire year questioning itself.

After all that, it only took three plays in the first game of the season to get all the right answers.

For the victory, Angelo Luvara: What happened last season when Berkeley Springs lost to Petersburg?

"They beat us handily last year," the Berkeley Springs coach said. "They have the same kids back and so do we. The kids have been wanting this the whole year."

The Indians turned the tables in a big way on Friday, paying back Petersburg in convincing fashion with a 57-6 shellacking which could have easily been a whole lot worse.

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The Indians - ranked No. 7 in West Virginia's preseason Class AA poll - easily cracked the Vikings' Norse Code of defense with solid line play in the trenches and quickness to the outside to make Petersburg do all the wondering.

It didn't take long for Berkeley Springs to figure it all out.

"We got in there and threw an interception on the third play of the first series," Luvara said. "(Quarterback Nathan Sirbaugh) just underthrew it a little. But right then, it told us that we could push them around on the front line."

The game turned into a jailbreak in a hurry as the Indians led 28-0 at the half and 43-0 after three quarters before the second-string defense gave up Petersburg's only score with 5:07 to go. The Indians' extras added two scores after that.

It was a big game for Sirbaugh, who hit on 9 of 16 passes for 151 yards and three scores, including two to Foster Sirbaugh. Cody Hess ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while Cody Reed added 81 yards and two TDs, one running and one receiving.

The Indians rolled up 467 yards on 46 plays - a 10.2-yards-per-snap average - while allowing just 124 yards. Berkeley Springs could have made the statistics even gaudier, but had four long gains called back by penalties. Petersburg helped by losing three of its four fumbles.

"They play a 3-5 defense and we got them out of it in a hurry," Luvara said. "It is tough to cover us with that kind of defense. From the first play, we knew we could handle them. The line was pushing them back. I've been in these guys' ears from the start of weight training about this one."

After the interception, the Indians scored seven of the next nine times they had the ball. Only a second interception and a fumble stopped Berkeley Springs.

The Indians also scored on a safety off a punt snap out of the end zone and an 80-yard kickoff return by Sam Byrne on the kickoff following Petersburg's score.

Berkeley Springs' first three scores came off of Nathan Sirbaugh passes. The first was a 24-yard swing pass to Reed for a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. He hit Foster Sirbaugh on 10- and 21-yard strikes before Hess ran for a 12-yard score for the 28-0 lead at intermission.

Hess scored from the 2, followed by the safety and Reed's 4-yard score for the 43-0 lead. The Indians' final score came on a 33-yard run by Justin Michael in the final 37 seconds.

Now, with the first hurdle out of the way, it is back to the drawing board for Luvara and the Indians.

"We're happy ... you can't argue with (57-6)," Luvara said. "We'll find out about ourselves next week."

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