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Berkeley football wins third straight region title; heads to postseason

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – A third consecutive region championship sends the Berkeley Stags football team into the 2018 Class AAAAA state playoffs feeling very confident.

Berkeley wrapped up the region 7-AAAAA title with a win over Goose Creek in the regular season finale on November 3rd, capping the 2018 season with a 9-1 record. The lone blemish on the record was a 21-20 overtime loss to Fort Dorchester on October 5th.

The Stags enter the playoffs knowing that they will play at home for as long as they remain alive and will host Irmo in a first-round game on November 9th.

“Being at home, with our great fans and support, is certainly something we hope to take advantage of,” head coach Randy Robinson said. “It’s been a great year so far but there is more work to be done. We want this season to be special and it all starts with the playoffs.”

As a AAAA school last season, Berkeley made a nice run in the playoffs before losing to Hartsville in the Lower State finals.

Robinson says while his team has been “pretty good” in most games, he is hoping to see his team put together a complete game in all phases.

“I’d like to see how good we can be when we put all three phases together on the same night,” Robinson said. “If we put them all together at the same time, we’ll be a tough out. We’re looking forward to the playoffs.”

Offensively, the Stags have been a balanced attack all season. Senior quarterback Eric Tuttle is completing 59 percent of his pass attempts for 1,741 yards and 22 touchdowns. Tuttle recently announced a verbal commitment to North Greenville.

The top targets in the passing game are senior Division I commits DJ Chisolm and Dervon Pesnell. Chisolm, headed to East Carolina, has 33 receptions for 588 yards and six touchdowns. Pesnell, who verbally committed to Navy, has 37 receptions for 530 yards and seven touchdowns.

Solomon Butler and Alec Wyndham also figure into the passing game with at least 20 receptions each.

Shouldering the load in the run game is senior Keshawn Wicks, who has rushed for 1,350 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

Senior Cam Myers has returned three kicks for touchdowns this season while also having a banner year in the secondary. Senior Tre Morrison also excels in the secondary while linebacker Jake Dunn and linemen Jaylen Miller and Jaquez Cancer have been very consistent up front.

Fall sports notes

Berkeley’s swim and cross country seasons are complete with the swim team participating in the Class AAAAA state meet in October.

Senior Sarah Mundy capped off a great career by finishing second in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle. She won gold in both events last season in Class AAAA.

In cross country, junior Kennedy Yonce was the top Berkeley finisher in the region 7-AAAAA girls meet, placing 17th overall. Freshman Stefania Lopez-Sanchez also made the top 25, placing 25th.

The top boys runner for Berkeleey was eighth-grader Asher Overholt, who finished 24th overall. Junior Noah Nussbaum finished 25th.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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