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Undefeated Stags set sights on region title

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Ranked as a top 10 team in South Carolina’s AAAAA classification is certainly something to be proud of. But Berkeley head football coach Randy Robinson has his sights set on bigger and more important things.
The Stags are off to a 5-0 start, including a region 7-AAAAA opener against Wando. The early list of victories includes one over arch-rival Summerville, 34-30. It was Berkeley’s second straight win over the Green Wave.
On October 5th, Berkeley will host perennial powerhouse Fort Dorchester in a non-region game. The game was originally scheduled in September but was postponed due to Hurricane Florence. It ranks as one of the biggest games in school history as the Stags seek to do something that has not been done by a Lowcountry team since the 2014 season – beat Fort Dorchester.
While getting a win in that game would certainly validate Berkeley as one of the top programs in the Lower State, a win doesn’t mean anything in terms of Berkeley’s postseason hopes. Winning the region championship would secure Berkeley a top seed in the Lower State AAAAA bracket, which means home games.
Robinson continues to preach to his team the importance of staying focused and working hard.
“This group loves to win and they know what it takes in terms of preparation and focus to have a chance to win,” Robinson said after his team’s win over Summerville.
“We have a lot of football to play yet, a lot of good teams on our schedule. We want to take care of business and give ourselves a chance in the playoffs.”
Berkeley’s 2018 team is loaded with talent and experience. Senior Eric Tuttle is a returning starter at quarterback and has passed for more than 800 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games.
Senior running back Keshawn Wicks is one of the more complete backs in the state. The Old Dominion commit has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns at the midway point. He totaled more than 2,000 yards last season.
The receiving tandem of DJ Chisolm and Dervon Pesnell is an electric combo. Each has more than 300 receiving yards.
Defensively, junior linebacker Jake Dunn and senior end Jayden Miller are two of the key leaders. Berkeley’s secondary of Trey Morrison, D’Montrey Singleton, Cam Myers and Jayden Copeland is one of the better units in the state.

Fall sports update

Berkeley’s cross country program is hoping to earn their way to the Class AAAAA state meet in early November. Junior Jase Williams has been the top runner early on for the boys team, while junior Kennedy Yonce anchors the girls team.
Others competing for the top five in the running order on the boys team include Stephen Jones, Noah Nussbaum, Asher Overholt, Keith Stevens and Reed Killen.
Competing for the girls squad are Stefania Lopez-Sanchez, Madison Mobley, Hayley West, Amy Reichaird, Ashley Reichaird and Dealyn Miller.
Berkeley’s volleyball team is adjusting to life at the Class AAAAA level, winning five of their first 16 matches this fall. 
The team is loaded with senior leadership this season as eight seniors dot the roster. Seniors include Jacquoia Williams, Chelsea Cole, MiKaila Oliver, RMondrah Singleton, Olivia Olsen, Kennedy Jones, Kayla Brisbon and Mary Kate Adams.
Juniors on this year’s team include Madison Jones, Amanda Contois, Haylee Harper and Thkai Heyward. Rounding out the team are sophomores Stephanie Wadford and Skylar Scott, along with freshman Laurel Poston.

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