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Football preview: Berkeley Prep


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 06:40 PM

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Brad Mayes, junior quarterback

 
Every team wants more out of its standout quarterback, and coach Dominick Ciao and the rest of the Buccaneers are expecting a lot from Mayes, who is coming off an 11-touchdown, 1,251-yard sophomore season.

“He’s our offensive playmaker,” Ciao said. “We all expect great things from him because he’s a tremendous athlete and an even better leader.”

Mayes can run, as well, adding 315 rushing yards and four TDs last season, and if the Buccaneers are to make a playoff run, it will be largely in part to Mayes

Schedule

Aug. 30: Middleton

Sept. 6: at Lakeland Victory Christian

Sept. 12: Orlando Lake Highland Prep

Sept. 20: Lakeland Christian

Sept. 27: at Spring Hill Springstead

Oct. 4: at Fort Meade

Oct. 18: Tampa Catholic

Oct. 25: Bishop McLaughlin

Nov. 1: at Frostproof

Nov. 8: Brandon

SUPPLY

Senior leadership

Leading the way for Berkeley Prep are 15 seniors, all of which, Ciao says, will play vital roles in the team’s success. “We do have great senior leadership,” Ciao said. “Most of them have been here four years, been playing awhile and they know what’s expected of them. I’m proud of them and they’ll be a good class.”

One of those seniors is TE/DL Jared Shimberg, who has been a “tremendous competitor,” Ciao says, and adds “he plays hard every snap and I’m glad to have coached him for four years.”

Experienced linebackers

The Buccaneers’ top three tacklers from 2012 return and are part of that senior leadership Ciao mentioned. Returning are Clint Gasque, George Pennington and John Kastrenakes, each of whom has 60-plus tackles, while Gasque also had two interceptions. This core will have to lead a defense, that, despite a 6-4 record last season, is looking to improve after allowing 248 points.

DEMAND

Building the forefront

If Mayes is going to be successful and the defense is going to show improvement, then Ciao knows the offensive and defensive lines will need to work. “We have to know how we match up on the other side,” Ciao said, “but if the guys play like I know they can, then they can be successful.” The top two sack leaders have graduated, but Bo Peek showed promising signs, picking up three sacks as a freshman in 2012.

Balanced attack

Ciao said if Mayes and the offense is going to be successful, they have to find a way to balance the passing and rushing games.

“We need to find a way to throw and run, which we need more balance from younger guys who we need to step up, too,” Ciao said. “We even need some younger guys to step up and play like juniors and the juniors like seniors

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Robert Leverette RB/DB 6-0 170 Sr.

4 George Peek FB/DL 6-0 215 Sr.

5 Addison Grams WR/DB 5-11 160 So.

6 Michael Hicks WR/DB 5-11 160 Sr.

7 Cade Weldon QB/WR 6-0 170 Fr.

8 Ryan Montgomery WR/DB 5-6 135 Fr.

9 Peyson Hunt QB/TE 6-2 180 So.

10 Zach Mayes LB 5-9 140 Fr.

11 Joe Schiano TE/LB 6-1 210 Jr.

12 Cameron Barsoum WR/D 5-9 160 Jr.

15 Brad Mayes QB 6-2 188 Jr.

19 Antonio Johnson WR/LB 6-1 185 Jr.

20 John Kastrenakes FB/LB 6-0 200 Sr.

21 Ben Novello WR/DB 6-0 155 Jr.

22 Clint Gasque TE/LB 6-0 200 Sr.

23 Gordon Stetson RB/DB 5-9 160 Fr.

24 Jeff Guttentag K 5-10 135 Fr.

26 Xavier Medina LB 5-9 180 Sr.

30 Austin Iglehart K/P 5-10 165 Sr.

32 Anthony Pellegrino WR/DB 6-0 180 Jr.

33 Jorge Morejon FB/LB 5-9 170 Sr.

34 Nicholas Kavouklis FB/DL 5-10 200 Jr.

35 Charlie Pennington WR/DB 6-0 155 Jr.

40 George Pennington FB/LB 6-0 200 Sr.

42 Robert Baldy LB 6-0 160 So.

43 Spencer Myers WR/DB 5-7 135 Fr.

47 Brower Davis DB/WR 5-9 145 So.

51 Kyle Oliver OL/DL 6-1 210 Sr.

52 Andrew Basham OL/DL 6-1 270 Jr.

53 Hinton Rago OL 6-0 200 So.

54 Jonathan Ayers OL/DL 6-3 220 Sr.

55 Adam Schwartz LB 6-0 165 So.

57 Grant Watson DT/OL 6-0 190 Jr.

60 Marcus Ayers OL/DL 5-10 175 Fr.

63 Jared Shimberg TE/DL 6-4 245 Sr.

64 Bryce Benjamin OL/DL 6-1 250 Jr.

66 Dalton Grams OL/DL 6-0 185 Sr.

70 Jon Turkel OL/DL 6-0 185 So.

75 Aidan O’Carroll OL/DL 6-6 265 Jr.

77 Riley Grams OL/DL 6-1 185 Sr.

78 Bo Peek OL/DL 6-2 270 So.

80 N’Namdi Green WR/DB 6-3 215 Sr.

81 Jacob Mathis WR/DB 6-4 200 So.

84 Josh Butterick DL 6-1 180 Sr.

88 Jared Shimberg TE/DL 6-4 245 Sr.

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