An exciting game of back and forth ends with the Bears on top.
Statistical leaders for the Bears:
Passing – Jacob Moeller (#13) – 13/27 for 277 yards and 3 TDs
Rushing – Nick Tiberio (#20) – 124 yards on 23 carries, 2 TDs
Receiving – Bennett Lawrence (#8) – 4 Rec, 125 yards, 3 TDs
Ryan Horstman (#12) – 6 Rec, 113 yards
Tackles – Bennett Lawrence (#8) – 6.5 tackles
Statistical leaders for the Panthers:
Passing – Blake Horvath (#11) – 8/17 for 123 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing – Blake Horvath (#11) – 296 yards on 26 carries, 5 TDs
Receiving – Matthew Sech (#3) – 5 Rec, 81 yards
Tackles – Connor Jones (#35) – 11 tackles, 1 TFL
Drive by drive recap:
Berlin Bears go three-and-out on their first possession, and punt. (10:36)
On third-and-short, Blake Horvath (#11) scampers 66 yards for a Darby TD. The PAT by Joshua DiGioia (#89) is good. 0-7. (7:15)
The Bears strike back immediately with a 74-yard TD pass from Jacob Moeller (#13) to Bennett Lawrence (#8). Justin Rader’s (#7) PAT ties the score, 7-7. (6:47)
The Bears force a 42-yard FG by DiGioia (#89), which is good, 7-10. (1:33)
Nick Tiberio (#20) takes the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for a TD. Rader’s (#7) PAT puts the Bears on top, 14-10. (1:19).
The quarter ends with Darby driving into Berlin territory.
Darby completes the drive, capped off with a 3-yard TD run by Horvath (#11). The PAT by DiGioia (#89) is no good. Darby retakes the lead, 14-16. (6:21)
Forced to punt, the Bears cause a fumble on the return, as Cade Mills (#7) caughs up the ball, and Tiberio (#20) recovers for the Bears. And after a 42-yard pass to Ryan Horstman (#12), Tiberio (#20) punches it in from 3 yards out, but the PAT by Rader (#7) is no good, 20-16. (4:20)
A 60-yard run by Horvath puts the Panthers up again. The PAT by DiGioia is again no good, 20-22. (4:04)
With 41 seconds left in the half, Moeller (#13) finds Lawrence (#8) again, this time for 29 yards. The PAT by Rader (7) gives the Bears the lead, 27-22. (0:41)
With two seconds left in the half, the Panthers kick a field goal, 25 yards for DiGioia (#89), to cut the Bears’ lead, 27-25. (0:02)
On the second play of the third quarter, Rader (#7) intercepts Horvath’s (#11) pass at the 33-yard line and runs it back untouched for the score. He adds his own PAT to extend the lead, 34-25. (11:02)
A three-and-out for Darby gives the ball back to the Bears.
On the second play from scrimmage, Tiberio (#20) simply outran two defenders for a 57-yard TD run. Rader’s (#7) PAT give the Bears a wider margin, 41-25. (8:35)
Horvath (#11) escapes again, this time for 42 yards, and after he runs in the two-point conversion himself, Darby cuts the lead, 41-33. (5:03)
Eventually the Bears are forced to punt.
The quarter ends with Darby driving deep into Berlin territory.
Horvath (#11) caps off the drive with a 10-yard run. Connor Jones (#35) adds the two-point conversion to tie the game, 41-41. (11:16)
The Bears turn the ball over on downs in their own territory, and the Panthers take over at the Berlin 32. (9:47)
Unable to move the ball, the Panthers turn the ball over on downs at the Bears’ 29.
Moeller (#13) again finds Lawrence (#8) for 14 yards and a TD. PAT by Rader (#7) makes the score 48-41, Bears. (6:38)
The kickoff is returned by Eric Williams, Jr., (#6) to the Bears’ 2-yard line, where it is knocked out of his hands by Aidan Loeffler (#10). The Bears recover in their own endzone, resulting in a touchback. (6:38)
On the legs of Tiberio (#20), the Bears drive into Darby territory and then stall, but burn out Darby’s timeouts.
Darby takes over with 47 seconds remaining, deep in their own territory.
Unable to convert, the game ends. Bears win, 48-41.