The Joe Marion era at Stratford began with a 38-21 win at Gerald Moody Field in Moncks Corner.
Stratford quarterback Jamison Mobbs proved his golden arm is just as deadly from 60 yards as it is from 60-feet, six inches. He fired three touchdown passes to lead the Knights to their 14th win in the last 17 games in the series against Berkeley.
Mobbs, who has committed to play baseball at Clemson, proved a worthy heir to 2013 Mr. Football Jacob Park, throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Van Harvey and a 66-yard bomb to K.J. Givens.
Stratford (1-0) hosts Sumter on Friday while Berkeley (1-1) travels to Summerville.
It was the first win for Marion, who took over for Ray Stackley. Stackley won 270 games and one state title over 29 seasons before retiring after last season.
After a three-and-out on Stratford’s opening drive, Berkeley quarterback Jacob Dress capped a 64-yard drive with a three-yard run to put the Stags on top 7-0 at the 7:02 mark of the first quarter.
The Knights came alive on their second possession as Mobbs directed a 94-yard scoring drive to tie the score, capped by a 10-yard run by Xavier Young to tie the score 7-7. Young finished with 135 yards and scored twice in the game.
Mobbs connected with Harvey for his first TD pass of the night following the first of two Dress interceptions.
Defensive back Jacob Morrison nearly returned the interception for a score, reaching the 11-yard line.
Two plays later Mobbs hit Harvey with a six-yard strike. Mobbs passed for 180 yards as Stratford racked up more than 400 yards of total offense.
The Stags caught fire and replied with a tying score, a two-yard keeper by Dress, to knot the score at 14-14 on the first play of the second quarter.
Following the scoring possession, the wheels came off the Berkeley wagon as the second stanza belonged to SHS. Mobbs capitalized on a second Stags turnover to go up 21-14 on Young’s second touchdown, a 28-yard scamper up the middle.
Mobbs hooked up with Harvey three minutes later with a 35-yard toss across the middle at the 6:37 mark of the quarter to put Stratford up 28-14.
Berkeley came out firing to start the second half as Dress broke free for what appeared to be a 49-yard touchdown run.
But the Stags quarterback lost the football as he was tripped up heading into the end zone and fumbled. The loose ball bounced out of the end zone resulting in a third turnover and a Stratford touchback.
Mobbs wasted no time in driving the dagger into the Stags’ heart, connecting with Givens on a 66-yard scoring strike to put the Knights up 35-14.
Dress added a third touchdown but the game by this time was out of reach.
Stratford kicker Tyler Tekac capped the scoring with a 37-yard field goal with just over three minutes remaining in the game.