ST. PETE – Berkeley Prep traveled to Admiral Farragut and picked up a 10-0 win in the annual spring football matchup on Wednesday night.
Right out of the gates, the Bucs went down the field as rising sophomore running back Joshua Youngblood scored from five yards out. Jeff Guttentag buried the extra point and that touchdown marked the only one in the two-quarter game.
The younger brother of Jacob Mathis, Zach Mathis stood out all night long at tight end making tough catches including a couple in double coverage. On defense, he played a hybrid safety role and came up with an interception in the first quarter on a great break on the ball.
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One Berkeley fan on the sideline mentioned that Mathis looked exactly like his brother Jacob, an Ole Miss commit who was in attendance. Zach Mathis stands at 6’4″, 170 lbs. and is looking stronger and more muscular than last season. He’s in line for a major role.
Moments after Mathis’ pick, Admiral Farragut’s JC Schere recorded an interception of his own. That was the lone bright spot for the Blue Jackets on the night.
Berkeley Prep defensive lineman Mayan Ahanotu came up with a huge stop on 4th and goal as he took down Admiral Farragut quarterback Keandre Miller for a sack. Ahanotu is a rising junior who is only going to get better at 6’4″, 230 lbs.
The Bucs added a 28-yarder in the second quarter from Guttentag and rising sophomore linebacker Richie Ferrelli picked off a pass attempt from backup quarterback Kashish Cordova with just under a minute left. Ferrelli doubles as a wide receiver at 5’11”, 175 lbs.
Other standouts for the Bucs:
The rising senior made some spectacular throws. He threaded the needle to his favorite target Zach Mathis and just played smart overall. Koetter wasn’t rattled much and if he was he got out of the pocket and avoided the sack.
At 5’9″, 180 lbs. the rising senior is packed with power and speed. Stetson made a great cut up the field on a delayed handoff in the second quarter (video here). Along with rising junior JaVon Cooper, the duo will make for a solid backfield this season.
Maxwell is around the ball on each and every play. He’s destined for a huge 2016 campaign, his final prep year. I love the energy he brings every time he hits the field.
The younger brother of former Berkeley Prep star quarterback Brad Mayes, Zack Mayes looked very good at linebacker. He made some crushing tackles and plays bigger than his frame at 6’1″, 175 lbs.
Standouts for the Blue Jackets:
Although Miller threw an interception and only completed a few passes, he showed off his pure speed by eluding defenders on key scrambles. With more time in the pocket, he should get better and I love the way he just gets downfield and runs, he is very decisive.
An interception in the opening quarter proved that Schere belonged. He had solid instincts on the pick and made a number of heads up plays on tackles.
He hauled in the few passes that Miller completed on the night. He has straight line speed and is going to be the No. 1 wide receiver in this offense. Expect big things from Roland this season.
Lambert didn’t make any flashy plays as a cover corner, but he held his own in that department and came up to make a couple of very nice tackles. I like the way this kid plays.
Note: Scouts from Boston College, Auburn, West Virginia, Buffalo, USC were all in attendance at Admiral Farragut on Wednesday night.
Injury update: Rising junior linebacker Matt Schiano suffered a knee injury and was seen with ice wrapped around his knee after the game. He is a twin along with John Schiano, the sons of former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, who was on hand for this one.
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