Gavin Morris and his Fleetwood teammates knew what they had to do Saturday night.
After losing two straight games, Fleetwood needed a big boost against a hot Twin Valley team. Morris gave the Tigers the spark they needed.
Morris rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns to help Fleetwood defeat Twin Valley 26-9 in a Berks Football League Section 2 game.
“We had to win,” Morris said. “We need to win out to make the playoffs. We knew what we had to do.”
The Tigers (1-2, 3-3) were able to do that against the Raiders (2-1, 4-2), who were coming off a big overtime win against Conrad Weiser..
Fleetwood had surrendered 100 combined points in back-to-back-losses to Conrad Weiser and Wyomissing.
“We were a little deflated,” said Fleetwood coach Steve Beatty. “We talked about effort, keep your head up.”
The Raiders were limited to a first-quarter field goal by Matthew Puccino and a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Evan Myers in the third.
More importantly, the Tigers slowed the Raiders’ two biggest weapons, running back Dominic Caruso and wide receiver Trey Freeman. Caruso rushed 21 times for 88 yards. Freeman had six catches for 29 yards. All his catches went for fewer than 10 yards.
Morris gave Fleetwood a 6-3 lead with a 4-yard touchdown run with 8:54 left in the second quarter. The Tigers scored again just 2:05 later after Tanner Maddocks made the first of his two interceptions.
Maddocks threw a 15-yard TD pass to Mason Musitano to give the Tigers a 13-3 halftime lead.
Taking advantage of a muffed punt, Twin Valley trimmed the Fleetwood lead to 13-9 on Myers’ sneak late in the third quarter.
But Fleetwood put the it away with Morris’ second TD run, this one from 11 yards out, and a 4-yard TD run by Maddocks with 2:37 left.
Morris credited his offensive line for helping him enjoy a big game.
“If I had to pick two linemen in the whole county I would pick Joey Svoboda and Noah Yourkawitch on my line,” Morris said. “They are so fundamentally sound.”
Source: Berkshire mont