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Berkeley holds off comeback

Berkeley Prep remained undefeated by denying a comeback effort by Second Baptist High of Houston in a game played at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando on Thursday. The Buccaneers raised their record to 3-0 on the arm of Derek Hatcher and the legs of junior running back Josh Matzkin.

Matzkin (10 carries for 82 yards) put Berkeley on top in the first period, a lead the Bucs would never give up, when he scored on a 47-yard run.

"They were blitzing heavily all night," Hatcher said, "so when they gave us the run, we took it."

Hatcher had a hand in his team's last three scores. In the second period, he hit Stephen Hellenbeck with a 20-yard strike to put the Bucs up 14-6. In the third, he sneaked in from the 1-yard line, and then executed a perfect option play, scampering in from 25 yards out for Berkeley Prep's final score.

Andrew McAdams had an outstanding night on defense and special teams for the Bucs. Perfect on all four extra points, the 6-foot, 170-pound junior also picked off three Second Baptist passes.

In the fourth quarter, down 28-14, Second Baptist scored with five minutes left. Berkeley Prep received the ensuing kickoff and Second Baptist never touched the ball again as the Bucs put together a 70-yard drive that ended when Hatcher took a knee on the opponent's 8-yard line as the game expired.

"They were tough," Hatcher said. "They really came after us. But coach (Frank) Sullivan adjusted in the second half and the way our line was blocking and Josh (Matzkin) was running, we were able to maintain our lead and hold them."