Reading >> "The playoffs are tough," Bermudian Springs head coach Jon DeFoe said. "When it ends, it abruptly ends and it's over."
Bermudian Springs' 2013 season has come to an abrupt end.
For the third straight year, the Eagles were eliminated by the Berks Inter-County Division II champion, losing to Berks Catholic, 42-14, on Friday night at Berks Catholic High School.
After navigating the long drive from York Springs, the Saints took a 14-0 first-quarter lead on two big plays.
The two plays were the only first downs that Bermudian gave up on Berks Catholic's first three drives, but both went for touchdowns. Chris Warren took off for a 67-yard run on the game's second play, and Pop Lacey made a snag in front of a defender and took the ball 82 yards for a score to put the Eagles in a hole.
"They are explosive," DeFoe said. "I think their speed was the big difference. A lot of times we were in position and they made a play. You can't have a guy at the line of scrimmage for two yards and then let him go 67."
The difference in speed was no more apparent then when Eagles' ballcarriers got into open space and were repeatedly chased down and tackled by defenders.
Quarterback Ted Marines completed a throw-back pass to Briton Shelton to start the third Bermudian drive, springing Shelton into the open field, but he was chased down after a 31-yard gain and the Eagles had to grind out the rest of the drive from the Berks Catholic 45.
On fourth-and-8 from the Berks Catholic 23, Marines dropped a lob over a jumping defender and into the arms of Ryan Markle at the goal line for a touchdown to slice the deficit to 14-7.
Marines shattered the Bermudian Springs playoff passing record (since districts began in 1982) with 210 yards through the air in the contest. Michael Moore held the previous record with 152 yards.
"Teddy's had a great year, so I'm not surprised," DeFoe said. "That's something that we wanted to take advantage of coming in. (Berks Catholic) plays pure man coverage, so we motioned some receivers out and got them into space."
After scoring on two big plays, the Saints showed their muscle by embarking on an 11-play, 68-yard drive.
Chris Warren slammed for an 11-yard run on first down, followed by a 17-yard burst from Marcus Wilson, and quarterback Patrick Causa then dashed for 10 more.
The drive finished with Warren squirting across the goal line from two yards out to make it 21-7.
"We've been able to take this Wing-T offense that we have, and get a lot of people the ball," Berks Catholic head coach Rick Keeley said. "We had a game where seven different players scored touchdowns. Not many teams have seven players that can score touchdowns."
Cooper Kutz took center stage in the third quarter to help Berks Catholic close the book on the Eagles (10-2).
Kutz jumped an outside route and intercepted Marines' pass on the third play of the third quarter. The senior navigated down the sideline and into the end zone to make it 28-7.
He tacked on a touchdown reception late in the third to make it 35-7.
Bermudian salvaged a little glory when Marines threw a perfect back-shoulder-fade touchdown pass to Alex Orwig from seven yards out early in the fourth quarter.
Bermudian Springs 7 0 0 7 -- 14 Berks Catholic 14 7 14 7 -- 42
BC-- Chris Warren 67 run (Drew Stanko kick), 11:07
BC -- Pop Lacey 82 pass from Matt Kase (Stanko kick), 3:31
BeS -- Ryan Markle 23 pass from Ted Marines (Aaron Rebert)m ) 0:12
BC -- Warren 2 run (Stanko kick), 7:57
BC -- Cooper Kutz 39 interception return (Stanko kick), 10:59
BC -- Kutz 21 pass from Patrick Causa (Stanko kick), 2:29
BeS -- Alex Orwig 7 pass from Marines (Rebert kick), 8:48
BC -- Warren 42 run (Stanko kick), 5:06
First downs 13 16
Rushes-yards 34-216 40-126
Passing 6-9-2 12-25-2
Passing yards 153 210
Total yards 369 336
Punts 2-21.0 3-39.3
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 4-40 3-25
Rushing -- BeS, Michael Ogle 11-61, Sidney Stauffer 3-26, Colton Dull 6-17, Phoenix Russell 5-16, Briton Shelton 9-11, Ryan Markle 3-7, Ted Marines 3-(-12). BC, Chris Warren 14-156, Marcus Wilson 10-42, Pop Lacey 3-19, Patrick Causa 1-10, Cooper Kutz 1-(-1), Todd Reedy 4-(-2), Matt Kase 1(-8).
Passing -- BeS, Marines 12-25-2-210. BC, Kase 1-2-1-82, Causa 5-7-1-71.
Receiving -- BeS, Markle 3-77, Shelton 3-55, Alex Orwig 2-28, Dull 1-29, Wyatt Gearhart 1-12, Austin Hartzell 1-6, Noah Hakes 1-3. BC, Cooper Kutz 2-28, Lacey 1-82, Pietro Gaspari 1-16, Wilson 1-15, Kyle Eliff 1-12