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Berwick Bulldogs Football Preview 2016

 

It’s a new era for Berwick football as Frank Sheptock takes over as head coach. He has some big shoes to fill as he takes over for the late George Curry, the state’s all time winningest coach. A three time All American linebacker at Bloomsburg University and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Sheptock was the head coach at Wilkes University for many seasons, but this is his first high school head coaching job.

 

He welcomes back 11 starters from a team that went 9-3 and reached the District 2 AAA final where they lost to Scranton Prep. Sheptock plans on employing a no huddle, up temp offense. Junior Jared Marshman and senior Mike Force both started at quarterback at various times in 2015. Marshman is the likely starter this season and Force will move to a wide receiver spot. With Force, speedster Harrison Kuchka, and newcomers, Matt Champ and Damon Beckhorn, the receiving corps should be strong , and the passing game should be much improved over last season. Seniors Len Wyda and Anthony Cicini both had touchdown runs of over 60 yards last season. Up front the Dawgs should be strong with four of five starters returning to the offensive line including the versatile Kyle Pierce, a four year starter and a definite All State candidate. Other experienced returners include Stone Force, Ryan Woodard, Chase Strothers, Matt Taylor, Tom Monico, and Austin McLaughlin. Berwick’s offense  could be very strong.

 

Sheptock is very optimistic about his team’s defense. The Dawgs will align in a 4-4 this season and have some outstanding talent led by all state candidate Kyle Roberts who is likely to line up at defensive end. Kyle Pierce and Stone Force both saw action on the defensive line last season, and Anthony Cicini and Justin Groshek are returning starters in the secondary. Evan Klinger was outstanding primarily in a backup role last season. A defense that was good last season, could be even better in 2016.

 

Sheptock retained Keith Seeley and Jon Jola from George Curry’s varsity coaching staff. They will be joined by Brian Remley, Jake Titus, Chris Matthews and volunteer assistant Mike Dalberto.

 

Berwick has the potential for a very good season, but will face a challenging schedule starting with a much improved Hazleton Area team in the opener. The Bulldogs will be a Quad A team in the new 6 classification system and should be a strong contender for a District 2 championship.

 

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Coach:Frank Sheptock

 

The coach that influenced me the most in my career was: George Landis

 

The best player that I ever coached against was: - 

 

If I could change one rule in high school football it would be: Allow Block below waist when in shotgun.

 

I am not in favor of spring football for High School Teams.

 

I think that a 16 game season is too long to crown a state champion.

 

The biggest change in the sport since I played high school football is: Concussion syndrome.

 

My favorite movie is: The Guardian

 

My favorite meal is: White Fish of any kind.

 

My favorite singer or musical group is: Bon Jovi

 

Player Profiles
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: The Steelers

My favorite NFL player is: Rudy

The person in history I’d like to meet is: George Washington

My best moment in a football game was: Dallas my junior year, my first pick.

My dream vacation would be to: Alaska

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Stamina

My Favorite food is: Spaghetti

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Hunting and Fishing

My favorite sport other than football is: Hockey
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: The Eagles

My favorite NFL player is: Brian Westbrook

The person in history I’d like to meet is: Abraham Lincoln

My best moment in a football game was: Scoring a 67 yard interception touchdown in 8th grade.

My dream vacation would be to: Hawaii

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Pass Blocking

My Favorite food is: Chicken

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Hunding/Spending time with friends

My favorite sport other than football is: Basketball
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: The Eagles

My favorite NFL player is: Joe Montana

The person in history I’d like to meet is: John Madden

My best moment in a football game was: is going 11-0

My dream vacation would be to: Miami

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: My speed

My Favorite food is: Pizza

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Hunting

My favorite sport other than football is: Baseball
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: Pittsburgh Steelers

My favorite NFL player is: David DeCastro

The person in history I’d like to meet is: Chuck Noll

My best moment in a football game was: Coming on to the field before kickoff

My dream vacation would be to: Hawaii

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Footwork

My Favorite food is: Any Beet

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Hunting and Fishing

My favorite sport other than football is: Baseball
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: The Falcons

My favorite NFL player is: Mike Vick

The person in history I’d like to meet is: Martin Luther King Jr.

My best moment in a football game was: Winning

My dream vacation would be to: California

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Strength

My Favorite food is: Steak

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Lifting

My favorite sport other than football is: Lacrosse
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: Dolphins

My favorite NFL player is: Jerry Rice

The person in history I’d like to meet is: George Washington

My best moment in a football game was: Scoring the game winning touchdown against Wyoming area.

My dream vacation would be to: Cuba

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Vertical Leap

My Favorite food is: Cheeseburgers

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Hanging out with friends going places

My favorite sport other than football is: Track
School: Berwick

My favorite NFL team is: The Colts

My favorite NFL player is: Tyrann Mathieu

The person in history I’d like to meet is: Frank Sinatra

My best moment in a football game was: Scoring my first touchdown against crestwood.

My dream vacation would be to: Brazil

If I could improve in one aspect of playing football, it would be: Being consistent with play

My Favorite food is: Chicken Wings

My hobbies and/or leisure time activities include: Fishing

My favorite sport other than football is: Soccer
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