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Berkeley trio enjoys North-South all-star game experience

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – In 2015, there was not a punter or placekicker in the Berkeley High football program. Fast forward two seasons and it was a Berkeley specialist who provided half of his team’s points in the annual Touchstone Energy North-South all-star game on December 9th.

Berkeley senior Taete McMurray, a soccer player who only took up kicking a football in 2016, kicked two field goals, including a career-long 43-yarder, for the South all-star team. The North won the contest, 24-12. McMurray also kicked a 26-yard field goal and averaged 38 yards on five punts with a long of 49 yards.

“This was a very big moment for me,” McMurray said. “It was a great feeling to contribute. I had a good week and was happy that I was able to come out and do good things.”

Berkeley head coach Randy Robinson, an assistant on the South all-star team, was responsible for getting McMurray in the all-star game.

“We needed a guy that could punt and kick and I told the other coaches I had a guy that could do it,” Robinson said. “Taete is a great example of a young man that wanted to work hard and achieve at something. He had a great week, really booming some kicks. We are really proud of him.”

When Robinson became the head coach in the spring of 2016, he says there was no depth in the kicking game. McMurray approached him about giving football a try. McMurray made four of eight attempts this season with a long of 26 yards but Robinson says the best is yet to come.

“He has a strong leg but the best thing about him is his work ethic. He wants to be good,” Robinson said. “We lost the lower state championship game on a Friday and he was back out there on Monday getting work in. He always took a lot of pride in his job and he always is working to get better.”

Defensive lineman Blake Jenkins-Williams also participated on the South all-star team. Jenkins was a force for the Stags all season, racking up 139 total tackles and 17 tackles for loss. He posted two tackles in the all-star game.

 For Robinson, the North-South game was his first experience as an all-star coach. Robinson has guided the Stags to a 23-4 record in his two seasons at Berkeley. While disappointed with the loss, Robinson says getting a chance to coach in an all-star setting is something he won’t soon forget.

“This was a great week,” the coach said. “We had great kids and I had a great time. It was a lot of fun to coach all-stars at every position. We had some really talented athletes.”

The 2017 Stags finished the season with an 12-2 record, losing to Hartsville in the Class AAAA Lower State championship game.

Offensively, some of the leaders included junior quarterback Eric Tuttle, who threw for 2,398 yards and 25 touchdowns, and junior running back Keshawn Wicks, who rushed for 2,034 yards with 15 touchdowns.

Junior DJ Chisolm set school records for receptions (69) and receiving yards (1,133) and caught 13 touchdown passes. Chisolm also had 380 yards rushing and four scores while also returning three punts for touchdowns.

Dervon Pesnell had 49 receptions for 746 yards and eight touchdowns.

Defensively, linebacker Jake Dunn had 155 tackles while senior end Xavier Watson had 122 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Deshaun Milligan tallied 100 tackles and Jayden Miller had 99.

Junior corner Tre Morrison led the team with six interceptions and 17 pass breakups. He also blocked four kicks.

 

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