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Bennett, Bulldogs pick up first win

Berwick found a solution to the pursuit of its elusive first win.

After letting double-figures leads get away in the first two weeks of the season, the Bulldogs built an insurmountable, early advantage against Abington Heights on the way to a 49-0 rout on the road Saturday afternoon.

The win was the first in the head coaching career of former Bulldog Mike Bennett.

Berwick led by 14 at halftime against Southern Columbia in the opener and by 11 entering the fourth quarter against Valley View in the second game.

The Bulldogs took control early, leading by 14 after one quarter and 42 at halftime, shortening the time it had to protect a lead by ensuring the entire second half would be played under the running-clock conditions of the Mercy Rule.

Berwick passed the ball efficiently, made sure Abington Heights could not run it effectively and found multiple routes to the end zone.

The Bulldogs were 6-for-9 through the air for four touchdowns.

Matt Lonczynski hit Spencer Kishbaugh with passes for three of the first four touchdowns.

Ethan Lear scored on a 50-yard interception return and threw a touchdown pass on one of his two attempts.

Drew Wilk scored two touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard punt return.

Berwick held Abington Heights to 25 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Lonczynski passed 8 yards to Kishbaugh for the first score, then Wilk ran 20 yards for a touchdown and the 14-0 lead after one quarter.

Kishbaugh caught and 19- and 52-yard touchdown passes from Lonczynski, before the returns by Wilk and Lear made it 42-0 at the half.

Lear Carmine Martz with a 31-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Abington Heights fell to 0-3.

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