Berwick High School's Kenan Jones tries to escape Newman defenders during last week's 37-27 loss in Berwick. The Panthers will conclude their nondistrict schedule Friday when they host Ascension Episcopal for homecoming. (The Daily Review/Mico Aloisio)
Berwick to host Ascension Episcopal for homecoming
Berwick High School will look to bounce back from its first defeat of the season when it hosts Ascension Episcopal Friday for homecoming.
The Panthers (3-1) fell a week ago to Newman in a battle of undefeated squads in Berwick.
Berwick fell behind 20-0 to Newman and trailed 23-7 heading into halftime.
While the Panthers outscored the Greenies 20-14 in the second half, it wasn’t enough.
This week, the squad will face an Ascension Episcopal team that is ranked No. 9 in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A poll.
The Blue Gators, who enter Friday’s contest with a 4-0 mark, have rolled to easy wins in three of their four victories. Those include routs of Berwick’s District 8-3A foes, Erath and North Vermilion.
Ascension Episcopal began District 7-2A play a week ago with a 45-6 victory against Delcambre.
The Blue Gators started a freshman quarterback last week, after their starter, Jake Vascocu, was hurt two weeks ago in the North Vermilion win. Cole Simon completed 4 of 5 passes for 68 yards and rushed for a score last week.
In the win, Ascension Episcopal scored touchdowns on every first-half possession, while they got a sixth score on a punt return by Seth Kerkstetter.
Leo Franques rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on four carries, while Jhalen Brown had 50 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.
Berwick is receiving votes in this week’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A poll after dropping out of the top 10 with last week’s loss.
The Panthers are led this season by junior quarterback Mitchell Sanford, who has completed 66 of 121 attempts for 1,325 yards with 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has rushed 23 times for 127 yards.
Senior wide receiver Josh Carver is his top receiver with 30 catches for 618 yards and 10 touchdowns, while fellow senior and LSU commitment Kenan Jones has 20 catches for 442 yards and five touchdowns.
Junior Josh Jones has rushed 65 times for 546 yards and four touchdowns.
Friday’s kickoff is set for a 7 p.m. start at Geisler Stadium.