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Berwick rolls over Wallenpaupack

Berwick’s Spencer Kishbaugh

Matt Lonczynski threw two second-quarter touchdown passes and Ben Knorr ran for two third-quarter scores Friday night as Berwick pulled away from visiting Wallenpaupack for a 37-17 victory in the District 2 Class 4A football quarterfinals.

The victory earned Berwick (7-4) a shot at top-seeded Valley View (10-1) in the semifinals.

Berwick’s special teams and defense gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead after one quarter before Lonczynski and Knorr got the offense moving.

Brendan Hinkle opened the scoring on a 33-yard field goal with 7:48 left in the first quarter.

Spencer Kishbaugh then returned an interception 85 yards for the first of his two touchdowns.

Roman Levant’s 42-yard field goal pulled Wallenpaupack (4-7) within 10-3 with 9:31 left in the first quarter, but Berwick ran off 27 straight points in a span of 7:33 from late in the second quarter until midway through the third quarter.

Lonczynski threw touchdown passes of 32 yards to Rowan Slabinski and 34 yards to Kishbaugh in the last 1:37 of the second quarter for a 27-3 halftime lead.

The Berwick quarterback finished 9-for-12 for 145 yards passing.

Knorr took it from there. The running back, who gained 105 yards on 18 carries, scored on 9- and 4-yard runs in the third quarter.

Wallenpaupack’s two touchdowns came from T.J. Schmalzle in the last 5:09.

Schmalzle ran 36 yards for one score, then took a 21-yard pass from Mabret Levant for the last points in the final minute.

Mabret Levant passed for 112 yards for Wallenpaupack, hitting Schmalzle 5 times or 106 yards.


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