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Moncks Corner

Stags ready to take next step after nine wins in 2016

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – A 9-3 finish last season restored the excitement level around the Berkeley High football program. Now, second-year head coach Randy Robinson wants to build on last year and take the next step in 2017.

Robinson has a solid cast of returning starters to lead the charge this fall but the 2017 Stags are not without some question marks. Robinson is hopeful that his offensive line can be a more consistent unit this season, which is of added importance with a first-year starter at quarterback.

“I feel like we need to be more consistent up front and we need to be more consistent with the running game,” said Robinson during the preseason. “I think we have the potential up front. They need to come together. Of course, the better success we have running the ball helps the quarterback too. They need to all grow up together, in a hurry.”

In Berkeley’s season opener, a 17-10 loss to Daniel on August 18th, the Stags had a solid night overall offensively, finishing with 394 total yards. Berkeley rushed for 165 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

Junior D.J. Chisolm is Berkeley’s top play-maker. Chisolm can line up at receiver or running back and has explosive potential. He gained 68 yards rushing and had 70 receiving yards in Berkeley’s opening game.

Junior Eric Tuttle is Berkeley’s rookie quarterback with big shoes to fill. Tuttle replaces three-year starter Darius Douglas, now a walk-on at South Carolina. Tuttle has a solid arm and mechanics but is a work in progress in learning the position.

“He has tools but he has to be more consistent and take care of the football,” Robinson said.

Tuttle completed 11 of 25 passes for 229 yards in the opener, throwing a touchdown pass and an interception.

The running game has two additional threats to Chisolm in Keyshawn Wicks and Demond Navarre, who combined for 100 yards in the opener. Navarre rushed for more than 600 yards as a sophomore.

The top receivers early are Cam Myers, Dervon Presnell and Alec Wyndham.

The top two returning offensive linemen this fall are senior tackle Rohn Moore and junior guard Kamren McCray, a 6-5, 325-pound Division I prospect.

Working at the other tackle early is Dalton Sparkman while KJ Rhodes is listed at the other guard slot. Hunter Powers begins the season as the starting center.

A total of 17 players posted a tackle on defense in Berkeley’s first game so it appears that unit has a little more overall depth.

The top returners to the defense from a year ago are senior end Xavier Watson, senior linebacker Gary Stevens, and cornerback Tre Morrison.

Also earning early playing time up front are Marion McGill, Jayden Miller, Blake Jenkins, Jayleen Thompson and Mohammed Waheed.

Working at bandit, with Stevens, are Dennis Caldwell, Antwan Coats and Hunter Hicks. Getting time at linebacker are Tyrick Cooper, Will Shannon, Raymond President and Dashann Milligan.

Filling out in the secondary are Demontray Singleton and Sincere Wilson.

Handling the kicking and punting duties is Taete McMurray.

“We feel like we are ahead of the game early because we’ve had a full year in the weight room, but we know we’ve got some work to do,” says Robinson, who has a 106-34 career record as a head coach.

 

 

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