The bottom of barrels can usually only go so deep. But St. John Lutheran is testing the very depths of its season of late.
The Class 2A Saints (2-6) were blanked 24-0 by Berkeley Prep (6-2) Friday night in soupy conditions at Brick City Park. St. John managed just 14 yards of total offense in the rout, which was Berkeley's first road win of the season.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Berkeley Prep wasted little time in denting the scoreboard. Running back Justin Pegg sloshed 45 yards through the middle of St. John's defense for a touchdown with 5:23 left in the first quarter.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Linebacker Ben Miller led the Berkeley Prep defense with two sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. On offense Justin Pegg had 12 carries for 103 yards and one touchdown.
KEY STATISTIC: Berkeley sacked St. John quarterback T.J. Lightbody six times and completely stuffed the Saints ground game (minus-14 yards). St. John didn't even manage a first down until well into the third quarter.
THEY SAID IT: "My defensive end was bringing their tackle out and I was blitzing right through there," Miller said. "They gave us what we expected and what we prepared for all week in practice. We were prepared."
_ TODD LESKANIC
Haines City 20, King 6
HAINES CITY _ Haines City scored on its opening drive to pave the way for a 20-6 non-district win over King.
Both teams fought through a rainy first half, but it was King that was left all wet as Haines City (7-1) scored 20 straight points, including two touchdowns from big fullback Ryan Shepherd.
King's only bright spot came in a ball-controlled fourth quarter in which the team put together a 17-play, 74-yard scoring drive, capped by a Brent Alexander 3-yard run. King (2-6) had the ball more than 10 minutes of the fourth quarter.
PLAY OF THE GAME: A pass interference call on the opening drive gave Haines City first and goal on the 3. Earlier in the drive, King was whistled for a facemask penalty to keep the drive alive.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Shepherd, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound fullback, rumbled for 126 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. He had 87 yards in the first half. Alexander had seven carries on the final scoring drive for King and finished the game with 67 yards.
KEY STATISTIC: King fumbled six times for the game. The two teams were whistled for 121 yards in penalties.
THEY SAID IT: "They played good, tough football, and we made stupid mistakes. When you do that, you are going to lose. That's what it all comes down to," King coach Eric Thurston said.
_ TIM CRAIG