Gavin Morris and his Fleetwood teammates knew what they had to do on Saturday night.
After losing two straight games, Fleetwood needed a big boost against a hot Twin Valley side. 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 have to win to qualify for the playoffs. We knew what we had to do.
The Tigers (1-2, 3-3) managed to do so against the Raiders (2-1, 4-2), who had just won a big overtime victory over Conrad Weiser.
Fleetwood had given up 100 combined points in back-to-back losses to Conrad Weiser and Wyomissing.
“We were a little deflated,” Fleetwood coach Steve Beatty said. “We talked about effort, keep your head up.”
The Raiders were limited to a field goal in the first quarter from Matthew Puccino and a one yard quarterback by Evan Myers in the third.
More importantly, the Tigers slowed down the Raiders’ two biggest guns, running back Dominic Caruso and wide receiver Trey Freeman. Caruso ran 21 times for 88 yards. Freeman had six catches for 29 yards. All of his catches went within 10 meters.
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 touchdown pass to Mason Musitano to give the Tigers a 13-3 lead at halftime.
Taking advantage of a failed punt, Twin Valley reduced Fleetwood’s lead to 13-9 on the Myers scam late in the third quarter.
But Fleetwood put it aside with Morris’ second TD, this one at 11 yards, and a 4-yard TD run by Maddocks with 2:37 left.
Morris credited his offensive line with helping him enjoy a big game.
“If I had to pick two linemen from across the county, I would pick Joey Svoboda and Noah Yourkawitch on my line,” Morris said. “They are so basically healthy.”