Tailgating festivities greeted guests as they entered Bonner Stadium on Friday, and a Berkeley win capped homecoming night.
Under the smell of barbecue foods and fried fish, the Stags rolled past Stall in a 45-8 victory to give Berkeley (6-1) its sixth consecutive victory and a 2-0 position in the Region 8-AAAA. The woes continue for the Warriors who dropped 2-5 and 0-3 in the region.
Berkeley led Stall 21-8 at halftime, but BHS Coach Randy Robinson was not impressed. He challenged his seniors in their final high school homecoming football match.
“We challenged the seniors to take more ownership of the team,” Robinson said. “Defensively, that’s the worst we played in a month. We were kind of flat cause we played so well last couple weeks. Obviously the message got through. Defense was really good the second half.”
Berkeley QB Eric Tuttle and receiver DJ Chisolm accounted for the Stags’ first two touchdowns that featured long floaters toward the sideline early in the game. The Stags got the run game going afterwards with Wicks, who rushed passed Stall’s defense into the endzone to put Berkeley up 21-8 at the half.
Berkeley saw contributions for all cylinders in the second half. Kicker Josh Simmons served in place of Taete McMurry after Robinson said that McMurry was in pain after last week’s game at Hilton Head. Simmons notched a field goal in the third quarter at the 4:29 mark in the third before Tyriek Cooper bulldozed his way across the goal line to give Berkeley a 31-8 lead near the 3-minute mark in the third.
Receiver Alec Wyndham got in on the action with a 41-yard catch from Tuttle. The play led to a run by Wicks to extend the lead 38-8. Before time would expire, backup quarterback Sincere Wilson would get play action. Wilson ran a 67-yard QB-keeper before time expired.
The Stags will head to an undefeated Beaufort in a region face-off next week. Robinson said the match will be the “biggest challenge of the year.”
“They got some big guys up front on defense like they had last year,” Robinson said. “They were a battle last year up front. They’ll be a battle again this year. They run the ball real well.”
The Stags beat Beaufort 48-14 last season.
The night would not conclude without the homecoming court that put on a dazzling display of glittering dresses and bright smiles during halftime. The girls and their guests paraded down the field under blue flags hailed by the school’s color guard. Senior Devondre Richburg claimed the 2017 homecoming queen crown.