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Coach: Dominick Ciao (fourth season at Berkeley, 21st overall; 150-72)
Last season: 7-3 (lost to Dixie County 35-21 in Class A region semifinals)
District: Class A, District 6
Key losses: OLB Matt Dowdle, OL/DL Jackson Holt, OL David Turkel, ILB Mark Timmel, FB Kevin Yent
Who’s back: QB Destin Nichols, RB/WR Nelson Agholor, OL/DL Chase Carmichael, OL/DL Sperios Theofilos, WR Pierce Hunt, WR/LB Reggie Barnes, LB Richard Klein, LB Rob Klein
What’s new: Because of the school’s exam schedules, the spring will be one week shorter than most, which makes time of the essence for the Buccaneers. Fortunately, a lot of key position players return, including starting quarterback Nichols (1,082 passing yards, 15 TDs, two INT) and do-it-all athlete Agholor (1,209 yards total offense, 17 TDs). Still, Berkeley loses 10 seniors and there are holes to fill in the trenches. Ciao said six players have varsity offensive or defensive line experience, so some might have to double up — as has been the case in years past. But look for seniors Carmichael and Theofilos to provide leadership. Excitement is high because the Bucs return several players who missed time with injuries last year, including Carmichael (shoulder) and Hunt (shoulder).
Audible: “Our key is going to be our offensive and defensive lines. Finding the right combination of those guys has always been a big focus of ours in the spring. Since the spring is shorter for us, we’re going to have to work hard to be physically ready and ready mentally. We’re not going to add anything right now. We just want to be able to run, block and tackle by the spring game. — Ciao
Did you know? Ciao expects to see a lot from twins Richard and Rob Klein. Berkeley also had success with twins Julian and Jordan Crockett two seasons ago.
Spring game: vs. Lake Highland Prep, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic
Sept. 10 at Lake Highland Prep
Sept. 17 vs. Tampa Catholic
Sept. 24 at Clearwater Central Catholic
Oct. 1 at Hudson
Oct. 8 vs. Lakeland Christian
Oct. 22 at Fort Meade
Oct. 29 at Trinity
Nov. 5 at Indian Rocks Christian
Nov. 12 vs. Anclote