The Berkeley Stags completed an unblemished run through the Region 7-AAAAA slate with a blowout victory, 35-3, over visiting Goose Creek on Thursday in Moncks Corner.
The game was moved up a night to dodge potential poor weather on Friday.
Berkeley (9-1, 5-0 region) 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, who later picked off a third pass in the second half.
“We had three or four turnovers in the first half,” Goose Creek coach Jason Winstead said. “We had five in the game. You’re not going to beat anybody with five turnovers, especially a team like Berkeley. Where they are with their program is where we’re trying to go.”
Winstead made his team watch Berkeley receive the region championship trophy after the game. The Stags have three region crowns in three years.
“That’s our goal,” Winstead said. “That’s what we’re chasing. I wanted them to see what it looks like. We’ve got a long ways to go but our kids played hard, and I’m proud of them for that.”
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 powered in from the 5 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.
Myers added to his productive night to start the third quarter, 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 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.
The Gators finished the regular season with a 4-6 record and 2-3 mark in Region 7-AAAAA.
Berkeley begins the Class AAAAA playoffs at home on Nov. 9 against Irmo.