TAMPA, FL – Class 4A Berkeley Prep (6-3) plays host to Class 5A Steinbrenner (8-1) on Friday night. In this non-conference game, the visiting Warriors will use this as a tune-up game after securing their first playoff berth in school history two weeks ago. The Bucs on the other hand, have been eliminated from the playoffs after posting a 0-2 record in district play.
Keeping that in mind, here are three players from both teams to watch on Friday night.
Dantley, a 5-foot-10 senior running back leads the Warriors with 1,274 total yards from scrimmage this season. He’s amassed 1,020 yards on the ground while averaging 6.5 yards per carry and adding 10 rushing touchdowns.
While averaging 113 rushing yards per game, Dantley also has chipped in with two receiving scores, placing him second on the team in total touchdowns with 12. Look out for the speedy back all night as he should continue to make plays in this one as Steinbrenner prepares for a tough playoff matchup with Dr. Phillips next week.
The lengthy 6’5″ senior pass catcher does it all for the Bucs. Mathis has 29 receptions for 506 yards and seven receiving touchdowns, all team-highs. He’s scored touchdowns in all but one two games this season and has topped the 100-yard mark in two.
His touchdown reception against Miami Community Charter this season proved how athletic he really is [video here]. Watch for Mathis to make big plays in his final prep game of his career before he goes on to even bigger things at the Division-1 level.
Senior athlete Justin Moffat leads the Warriors in touchdowns with 16 as he’s generated eight on the ground and eight through the air. He has 34 receptions for 533 yards on the season and is averaging 83.9 total yards per game.
Much like his counterpart Dantley, Moffat is an absolute stud for the Steinbrenner offense. The 6’1″ receiver should see a healthy dose of snaps against Berkeley Prep. He’s an important piece heading into the playoffs and should earn plenty of offers at the next level.
The junior running back leads the Bucs this season with 1,122 total yards from scrimmage. He has 147 carries for 776 yards and eight rushing scores on the season.
At 5’10”, Stetson is a bit undersized, but he has plenty of power to hit the second gear and he’s taken advantage of the holes his offensive line has opened up this season. He’s topped the 100-yard rushing yard mark in seven-of-nine games and has two games with three touchdown scores.
Stetson will be in line for a huge senior campaign as the focus of the offense next year.
Don’t forget about the defensive stars. Steinbrenner’s Patrick Lukert has been a consistent playmaker all season for the Warriors as he’s racked up a team-high nine sacks along with 88 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles.
This is an important game for Lukert to keep his momentum going into the postseason. The 6’2″ senior backer projects to be a dynamic playmaker in college.
The 6’3″ senior defensive lineman/offensive lineman has been the best player on defense all season long for the Bucs. Turkel leads the way with nine sacks as he also is atop the defensive stat sheet with 17 tackles for a loss.
Turkel has 57 tackles and 15 quarterback pressures. Much like Lukert for Steinbrenner, Turkel has plenty of potential to be a solid player at the next level. He isn’t the tallest defensive lineman, but he gets the job done with pure power.
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