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Moncks Corner

Stags exit spring drills with high expectations

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – With a bevy of talent returning from last year’s 12-2 team, the Berkeley High football team came out of 2018 spring football drills with high expectations.

Coach Randy Robinson begins his third season at Berkeley, posting a 23-4 record in his first two seasons. The coach has talented athletes returning on both sides of the ball but Berkeley is making the move to Class AAAAA this fall.

“We do have some good players back but we also step up to play with the big boys now,” Robinson said. “We got a lot done in the spring. It helps when you have some players back who know what to do. We worked a lot on bringing the younger kids up to speed. We saw a lot of good things but we know we’ve got to have a great summer. We have to get better in a lot of areas.”

Offensively, few teams in the state return as much in the way of firepower as Berkeley does this fall. The Stags have experience at all of the skill positions and return four along the offensive line.

Senior Eric Tuttle continued his growth at the quarterback position during the spring. Tuttle (6-2, 195) threw for 2,318 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior.

“He has showed us great improvement in all areas and we feel like he’s going to have a big year for us,” Robinson said. “He had some ups and downs last year but the experience he gained has been huge for his development as a quarterback.”

Tuttle will have plenty of explosiveness and athleticism at the receiver position. Senior DJ Chisolm returns as one of the more electric offensive players in the state. Though only 5-8, 160, Chisolm has been clocked this spring at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash.

Last season, he set school records for reception (69), receiving yards (1,133) and touchdowns (13). He also rushed for nearly 400 yards and four scores and returned three punts for touchdowns. Chisolm already has several Division I college offers, including East Carolina, Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina.

“He’s one of those guys that every time he touches the football, you think he’s going to score,” Robinson said. “He’s as good as I’ve coached and I have been fortunate to coach a lot of good ones.”

Another key returning pass-catcher is 6-4 senior Dervon Pesnell, who caught 49 passes for 746 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017. Pesnell was offered by Navy during the spring.

“Not only can he go get the football but he’s an excellent blocker on the perimeter,” Robinson said. “He’s the total package as far as being a student-athlete.”

Senior Alex Wyndham returns as a possession receiver in the slot and will be a key player in the passing game again this season.

The running game will be in the capable hands of senior Keyshawn Wicks, who rushed for 2,034 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.

Wicks will have four returning linemen to lead the way this fall. Tackle Kamren McCray (6-5, 310) is one of the state’s top senior prospects. Also back are guards David Martin (6-3, 240) and KJ Rhode, along with center Hunter Powers.

On defense, last year’s leading tackler, Jake Dunn (155 tackles) is back as a junior linebacker. Senior Steele Judy, the team’s long snapper, also could step in at linebacker. Along the front are returners Jalen Miller and Jaleen Thompson. Miller had 99 tackles last season.

The secondary is Berkeley’s strength defensively. Tre Morrison will be a three-year starter in the back and had six interceptions, 90 tackles, 17 pass breakups and four blocked kicks last season.

Cam Myers and D’Montrey Singleton also return as starters in the secondary. Myers also works as a receiver on the offensive side of the ball.

“Our secondary is extremely talented and athletic and they make plays,” Robinson said. “We have to find some guys to be consistent along the front seven but we’re not too concerned in the back. Those guys can play.”

 

 

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