Berwick will conclude season against E.D. White
Berwick’s Tre’ Matthews returns an interception for a touchdown during the Panthers’ 57-7 loss to Patterson last week. Berwick will close its season at home Friday against E.D. White.
By CORWIN MURRAY
Berwick ends a brutal district schedule Friday when it hosts E.D. White Catholic at Geisler Stadium.
The Panthers (2-7, 0-3 District 9-3A) lost to powerhouse Patterson 57-7 last week.
In last week’s loss, the Panthers started strong, surprising Patterson with an onside kick on the game’s opening kickoff and linebacker Tre Matthews intercepted a pass and raced 50 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter.
But things went downhill from there.
“We were so overmatched,” Berwick head coach Craig Brodie said after the game. “We tried to jump on them with the onside kick, and Tre made a great play on the interception, but they had just too much fire power.”
Matthews played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball. The junior was all over the field on defense, and he also played running back, carrying 14 times for 46 yards to lead the team.
“He played really well,” Brodie said. “He has been one of our hardest workers, and he worked himself from a lineman type to a skill player this offseason. He put the time in the weight room, and he got better. He’s an example of what we are trying to teach as we rebuild this program.”
Berwick came into the game last week shorthanded on offense with starting quarterback Bobby Boudreaux sitting out with an injury. The senior was the team’s leading passer and rusher.
Junior Jeremy Boudreaux got the start at quarterback but was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, forcing Drew Landry into action as the Panthers’ signal caller.
Landry had the team’s only completion, a 28-yarder to Audwin Williams.
“We had several players get hurt, but the kids played hard and I was happy with the effort,” Brodie said. “Drew played well considering he didn’t practice all week at quarterback.”
Bobby Boudreaux will be out again this week, but Jeremy Boudreaux will return under center.
However, key contributor Justin Morvant, a junior running back and defensive back, also will miss the team’s final game Friday.
“We told the seniors that it’s their last opportunity to play and to make the best of it,” Brodie said. “If they have worked as hard as they could, then they should have no regrets. Maybe they didn’t have the wins they might have wanted, but they have been a big part of the rebuilding program here and they can be proud of that.”
E.D. White (4-5, 1-2 in district) defeated Assumption last week 30-7. The Cardinals, according to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s unofficial Division II power ratings, would be the No. 11 seed if the playoffs started today.
In last week’s win, E.D. White forced four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions) against Assumption, which they turned into 17 points.
Standout running back Darius Charles has rushed for 787 yards and scored 12 touchdowns this season.
Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Bayoupreps.com contributed to this story.