Friday, August 30, 2013
Stratford quarterback Jacob Park proved two things in the Knights home opening 29-10 win over the Berkeley Stags: He has the golden arm to get a shot at playing SEC football, and he's still just a high school senior.
Park threw three interceptions to the Stags' Dee Harley – but also threw for three touchdowns to lead the Knights to their third straight win over Berkeley.
The Stags salvaged a horrendous first half by staging a comeback in the third quarter, breaking a 14-quarter scoreless streak against the Knights with a Joseph Dress 28-yard scoring strike to D.J. Witherspoon to close the gap to 16-7.
Vance Bailey made the score 16-10 with a 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter.
Park, who has committed to play football in 2014 at Georgia, shook off the three picks and put the game away with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Thad Thompson.
Jordan Johnson added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard run to cap the scoring and seal the win.
“We had a positive third quarter after an awful first half,” said Stags Coach Jeff Cruce. “We have something to build on from here for next week.”
Life for Berkeley could not get any worse in the first half.
Following a three-and-out on their first possession the Stags threw an interception, had a blocked punt, a fumble, and a safety on a bad punt snap.
Park connected on a pair of TD passes in the first half to Johnson to go with the safety.
Berkeley (0-1) plays Summerville at home on Friday in their annual Hall of Fame game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Stratford travels to Sumter next week to take on the Gamecocks.