Berwick and Delcambre to meet
By CORWIN MURRAY
BERWICK — The Berwick Panthers feel comfortable matching up with Delcambre at home Friday.
“We match up pretty well with them physically,” Berwick head coach Craig Brodie said. “It will be up to us to execute and win.”
Berwick comes off a 33-14 thrashing at the hands of Morgan City Friday in the St. Mary Parish Jamboree at Tiger Stadium.
“They were more physical than us, and they had some good athletes we had trouble containing,” Brodie said. “That’s been our Achilles heel, containing those great athletes like that.”
Berwick showed promise on special teams Friday as junior Justin Morvant returned the opening kickoff 60 yards, weaving his way deep in Morgan City territory.
Later, senior Brooks Richard took a Tigers’ kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
“We have kids who can make some plays,” Brodie said. “Morvant is a good athlete, and he will be our Reggie Bush this season. We’ll line him up all over.”
Senior quarterback Bobby Boudreaux also played well last week. The second-year starter had several strong runs. He had 49 yards on the Panthers best drive of the game. Boudreaux also hooked up with senior receiver Tim Shelby twice.
“We had our best practice Monday,” Brodie said. “After losing the way we did Friday and having no school Monday, the kids could have found many excuses to miss practice, but they were all here and ready to go.”
Berwick did, however, have some injuries in Friday’s game, Brodie said.
“Nick Duthu will be out a couple weeks,” Brodie said. “But Morvant will be good to go.”
Delcambre lost to Loreauville on a late touchdown, 7-0, in the Iberia Parish Sugar Cane Jamboree last week.
“Our guys did OK out there,” Delcambre head coach Darcy Delcambre said. “Every game is going to be a challenge until our young guys can come around. We’ve got to be able to do what needs to be done in order to win ball games. That’s what’s important.”
Delcambre coaches also are concerned with Berwick’s size.
“I think that Berwick’s size might be something we’ll need to watch out for,” Delcambre said. “They’ve got some size, and there is a scheme difference. We’ll need to make up for that.”
Brodie thinks the game will come down to the run.
“They will try to run the ball,” he said. “They will get into various formations but they’re gonna run the ball right at you. We have to make solid tackles.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Additional reporting by Vermiliontoday.com and www.iberian.com.