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Preseason football: Berkeley Prep 35, Out-of-Door 17

TAMPA — At least one Buccaneers team in Tampa Bay will exit the preseason with very few offensive questions.

Revealing only glimpses of its potential in what amounted to a glorified scrimmage, Berkeley Prep converted three of Sarasota Out-of-Door Academy's four first-half turnovers into touchdowns en route to a 35-17 triumph.

Junior quarterback Destin Nichols shined in a one-half appearance, finishing 6-for-8 for 122 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. His prettiest: a 33-yarder on play action to 6-foot-1 classmate Christian Hardegree.

His last, a 13-yarder to Vic Pellegrino, gave Berkeley a 35-3 lead 53 seconds before halftime.

From there, coach Dominick Ciao essentially started emptying his bench.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but we came out and kind of controlled the game early," Ciao said. "I'm proud of our guys right now; we did okay. We got to play a lot of people and looked at a lot of people to get ready for next week against St. Pete Catholic."

Junior Nelson Agholor, the Bucs' resident Division I-A prospect, touched the ball exactly twice and gained 80 yards.

Agholor set up Chris Williams' 14-yard scoring sweep by returning the game's opening kick 46 yards, and later turned a short Nichols pass over the middle into a 34-yard touchdown.

ODA junior quarterback Brian Ragone accounted for 239 total yards — most of it in the second half — and two touchdowns.

Tonight's games

All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted

Plant at Manatee, 7 TV: ESPN

Countryside at Jesuit

Plant City at TBT

Spoto at Newsome

Tampa Catholic at Bogie

Freedom at Alonso

Middleton at Armwood

Blake at Leto

Wharton at Bloomingdale

Brandon at Riverview

Jefferson at Chamberlain

Gaither at Durant

Lennard at East Bay

Bradenton Southeast at


King at Lakewood

Steinbrenner at Sickles

Robinson at Bradenton


Cambridge vs. Shorecrest

(at Skyway Park)

Strawberry Crest at

Palm Bay Heritage

Carrollwood Day at Merritt Island Christian, 7

All Saints' at Seffner Christian, 7

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