TAMPA — Running back Nelson Agholor ran for 182 of his 270 yards in the first half Friday as Berkeley Prep built a huge lead and cruised to a 41-6 win against Frostproof in a Class 3A region semifinal.
Berkeley Prep (11-0) had little trouble from the onset, scoring just five plays in on a 14-yard dash from Agholor. Berkeley Prep added scores on its next two first-quarter drives. Quarterback Destin Nichols found wide receiver Christian Hardegree on 17-yard scoring pass and Agholor added a 55-yard touchdown run and the rout was on.
Frostproof (5-6), which had to survive a three-way tiebreaker to reach the playoffs, was playing its fourth game in 15 days and it showed.
"We really came out and executed on both sides of the ball," said Berkeley Prep coach Dominick Ciao. "It's a great win for our program. It's a playoff win and we get to play again next week."
Agholor rested most of the second half but staged his biggest run of the night before he left the game.
The senior national recruit burst through a hole and ran 77 yards for a score on the Bucs' second play of the second half. Running back Chris Williams added two scoring runs for the Buccaneers in the second half.
But it wasn't all offense for Berkeley Prep.
The defense stopped the Bulldogs on downs three times, forced three fumbles and intercepted Frostproof's Zach Jenkins, who was held to zero completions. Frostproof managed a 44-yard scoring run from Jake Smith on the last play of the game.
Berkeley Prep moves on to face familiar foe Fort Meade in the region final. Fort Meade ended the Bucs' playoff run last season.