Crestwood kept it close against the ever powerful Berwick Bulldogs last Friday evening before the hometown crowd but the Comets eventually came up short, 15-7.
Crestwood’s offense struggled early in the opening quarter without its regular starting quarterback Lance Blass. The Comets first possession had them backed up on their own 1-yard line. Unable to move the ball, a high snap led to a safety to put Berwick ahead, 2-0 with 6:19 left in the quarter.
On their second possession, led by sophomore quarterback Chase Passman, Crestwood came back with a 63-yard scoring drive on 10 plays. Patrick Rother, the Comets’ leading rusher in the game, scored Crestwood’s only TD on a 7-yard run with 3.1 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Comets a 7-2 lead.
With 7:53 to play in the second, Berwick responded with a 25-yard field goal from Kenneth Marshman that cut Crestwood’s lead to 7-5 to end the half.
Offensively, the second half belonged to Berwick. Marshman put a 27-yard kick though the uprights in the third to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game as the quarter ended 8-7.
Berwick scored their first touchdown of the game on a 51-yard pass play from Mike Force to Lenny Wyda to put the game away, 15-7.
Crestwood (1-3) had 169 total yards on the day. Rother rushed for 68 yards on 19 carries. Owen Grigas had 32 yards on nine carries, and Passman ran for 32 yards on three carries. Kyle Richards caught one pass for 20 yards.
Crestwood will take on Pottsville in the Homecoming game this Saturday at 7 p. m.