TAMPA — Quarterback Brad Mayes accounted for a pair of touchdowns as Berkeley Prep secured its sixth straight winning season with a victory against Brandon.
The game ended in controversy.
Trailing by four points, Brandon (3-7) took possession at its 26 with 3:59 to play. The Eagles drove to the Bucs 12 aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty on fourth and 11 with 28 seconds to play.
Soon after, Brandon Jones tossed an incompletion and was flagged for intentional grounding as time expired. The referees gathered by the Brandon sideline, and even though it appeared the clock ran after the whistle blew, the game was called.
Mayes’ 1-yard sneak opened the scoring, and his 36-yard connection with Jacob Mathis in the fourth quarter gave the Bucs (5-4) the lead for good. Freshman Gordon Stetson carried the load for the Bucs, rushing 24 times for 80 yards, including a 16-yard first-quarter touchdown that put Berkeley Prep up 14-7.
Jones carried the ball only nine times but made the most of his opportunities, rushing for 229 yards. He also accounted for both Eagles touchdowns, keeping the ball on read options and racing for scores of 80 and 74 yards.