The Berkeley Stags completed a perfect run through the Region 7-AAAAA slate with a blowout victory, 35-3, over visiting Goose Creek on Thursday.
The game was moved up a night to dodge potential poor weather on Friday.
The Stags (9-1, 5-0 region) begin the Class 5A playoffs at home on Nov. 9 against Irmo High School, the third-place team from Region 4-AAAAA. Goose Creek fell to 4-6 and ended the region slate with a 2-3 mark.
“I told them at halftime I’d like to see how good we could be if we put all three phases together,” BHS coach Randy Robinson said. “We’ve played very well on offense at times. We’ve played dominant on defense at times. Special teams will pop up every once in a while. If we can put all three together, we’re a tough out.”
Berkeley took complete control in the opening half against the Gators, rolling up 220 total yards of offense. They also got a pair of interceptions from defensive back Cam Myers.
Robinson said the Stags coaching staff emphasized the importance of delivering the knockout blow early.
“We talked about it all week long,” Robinson said. “They’re fighting for a playoff spot. We needed to come out hot. We scored on the first three or four drives.”
Stags running back Keshawn Wicks rushed for 83 yards in the first two quarters and scored on runs of 15 and 3 yards, starting and capping Berkeley’s 28-0 first half.
In between, running back Demond Navarre plunged in from the 1 for a touchdown and Stags quarterback Eric Tuttle hit receiver DJ Chisolm, an ECU commit, on a 49-yard touchdown pass. Tuttle, a recent North Greenville commit, was 6 of 8 for 144 yards in the decisive half.
Dervon Pesnell, committed to Navy, made four grabs for 70 yards in the opening half for the Stags.
Myers added to his productive night, returning the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards for a touchdown, extending Berkeley’s lead to 35-0.
Goose Creek broke up the shutout on David Cannady’s 23-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Myers later picked off his third pass of the contest midway through the fourth quarter. Robinson has bragged on Myers all year, about him being one of the best players in the Lowcountry.
“He could be a starting wide receiver for us but he knew we needed a dominant corner,” Robinson said. “People don’t normally challenge him. When they do, we get the result we want.”
The Stags are eyeing another deep run in the postseason. In 2017, they advanced to the Lower State finals in Class AAAA.