Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Football: Berkeley Prep quarterback shines

at Berkeley Prep

Berkeley Prep 28, Indian Rocks Christian 7

Spring game-breakers: After a slow start, 2-of-5 and a lost fumble, Berkeley Prep's Brad Mayes showed why he's considered one of the best in Tampa Bay. He went 16-of-27 for 238 yards and three touchdowns. In the second half, he was 6-of-6 for 109 yards and two touchdowns … Mayes' favorite target was his likely replacement next year, Cade Weldon. The son of former Tampa Bay Buc Casey Weldon, the 6-foot-2 sophomore caught five passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder. … Speaking of former Bucs, former coach Greg Schiano was in the house, watching son Joe line up at defensive end after playing linebacker last year. He had a good game. … Leading IRC was running back Theo Anderson. With Zeke McGaughey out with a knee injury, Anderson had 14 carries for 131 yards, including runs of 38 and 23 yards. He carried seven times for 54 yards and caught a screen pass for 17 on IRC's only scoring drive, which was capped by Garrett Ross-Johnson's 5-yard pass to Sam Veltman.

Did you know? Instead of the No. 70 he wore last year, Berkeley Prep sophomore defensive end Jon Turkel, who had a nice night penetrating the line and chasing Ross-Johnson, wore No. 51. It's the same number brother David wore when he played for Berkeley. Turkel's father, Ken, and his brother, Brian, wore No. 52 when they played for Jesuit in the 1980s. The Turkels didn't wear the same number, but they played for the same coach: Dominick Ciao.

Audible 1: "I think the team takes on my personality a little, and I hate spring football. It's maybe not right, but it's just not worth all the hassle of the two weeks. It's just one game. It means nothing come the fall. But it is good to get some kids out in front of the scouts." — IRC coach Mark Buchanan

Audible 2: "I told them to feed it to me a little more since we were without our other back Zeke, and I tried to take it in my own hands." — Anderson

John C. Cotey, Times staff writer

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