TAMPA -- After being the go-to man on the run last season, Berkeley Prep senior Julian Crockett pretty well ran over Northside Christian, amassing just more than 200 yards in the 44-12 win.
In the first half, Crockett reached the end zone four times, with runs of 10, 12, 50 and 78 yards for scores.
The Buccaneers, who finished last season at 5-5, began this season with an early bang. With 7:46 left in the first quarter, Crockett juked two defenders to score on the run from 12 yards out. After a 95-yard Northside touchdown gallop on the ensuing kickoff to make it 7-7, Crockett notched another touchdown run with three minutes left in the first to make it 14-7.
The Crockett streak continued at 9:35 of the second quarter, as the 5-foot-8, 165-pound senior took a Kevin Laddon handoff and ran 50 yards to make it 21-7.
After a Northside 45-yard field goal at 5:04 of the second, Crockett stormed 78 yards down midfield from another Laddon giveaway to make it 27-10 after a missed extra point.
A safety near the end of the second quarter gave Northside, a 7-3 team last year, two to make it 27-12, and a Buccaneer 23-yard kick at the end of the second made it 30-12.
Resorting to a running game, Berkeley Prep started the third quarter with a freshman Reggie Barns kickoff return for 82 yards to make it 37-12 and a Richard Klein 2-yard run into the end zone to finish the scoring.