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Berkeley Prep feasts on Northside turnovers

Berkeley Prep made like a vulture in 17-7 non-district victory over Northside Christian.

The Buccaneers (5-0) managed only 144 yards of their own, and Northside gained 236. But the Mustangs (3-2) killed themselves with six turnovers, and Berkeley was ready to feast.

"Without question, the turnovers helped us," Berkeley coach Al Pisano said. "But football is an opportunistic game. We put enough pressure on them, and took advantage of it."

The Bucs broke a scoreless tie with Matt Hill's 33-yard field goal in the third quarter, after Monty Garside intercepted a Bryan Freese pass at the Northside 38.

Berkeley first attempted at 43-yarder that was blocked, but Berkeley linebacker Andres Prida stripped the ball from the recovering Mustang, Matt Backe.

After three plays, Hill put the 33-yarder through the uprights.

Although Freese's next interception didn't directly lead to a Berkeley score, it set the Buccaneers up at the Northside 25 on their subsequent possession.

On the second play of that series, quarterback Brett Zinober, under assault from Mustangs linebacker Telly Vaseliades, dumped off a screen pass to running back Alston Barrow. Barrow busted through three Mustangs en route to a 25-yard touchdown, putting Berkeley up 10-0 in the third quarter.

"That touchdown was the turning point in the game," Pisano said. With 5:20 to go and down by 10 points, Mustangs coach Bob Dare called for a fake punt on fourth-and-5 from the Northside 25. Punter John Backe's fell incomplete under heavy pressure.

Berkeley iced the game with Robby Vawter's 4-yard touchdown run up the middle with 3:13 to play.

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