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Football: Berkeley Prep 35, Arcadia DeSoto County 7

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep senior Nelson Agholor's rushing stats Friday night didn't match the gaudy PlayStation numbers he's posted all season.

His grip on the football early on wasn't the same either.

But the three-way threat still led Berkeley Prep to its first perfect regular season since 2004, scoring four touchdowns in a 35-7 win over Arcadia DeSoto County on Berkeley's senior night.

"The comeback tonight was special," Berkeley coach Dominick Ciao said. "We hadn't been down before and our kids rallied and played great four quarters of football. We weathered the storm and played a great second half."

Agholor, one of the nation's top recruits, scored on offense, defense and special teams and overcame a first-quarter fumble that gave the Bulldogs an early 7-0 lead — marking the first time this season Berkeley trailed in the first quarter.

"We're prepared for a lot of things," Agholor said. "Sudden change is one of the things we're coached about and that's all it was, sudden change. You make mistakes and somebody capitalizes on your mistakes you just bound back."

But Agholor shook off the fumble — just his third in 150 carries — scoring on a 55-yard punt return to tie the score early in the second quarter. Two minutes later he put Berkeley up on a 15-yard run after a punt block gave the Bucs possession in the red zone.

Agholor, who rushed for 74 yards on 17 carries (his second-lowest output of the season), added two second-half touchdowns — including a 44-yard interception return — to put the game away.

The Berkeley defense, which forced eight DeSoto County turnovers (including five interceptions), held the Bulldogs scoreless — not a bad pre-playoff effort for the Bucs.

Bucs senior safety Vic Pellegrino intercepted two DeSoto County passes and junior Jake Marfise has two fumble recoveries. Senior Christian Hardegree scored on a 37-yard interception return.

"I'm really proud of our football team," Ciao said. "We had a great season but we have a whole new season. You can throw the records away and it starts all over."

Just as he did Friday night, Agholor said he will be able to quickly turn the page.

"We wanted to get Game 10, especially the senior class," Agholor said. "We all wanted it. Now it's time to start the new season and handle business."

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