Berkeley tops Cane Bay for first win

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tyler Crouse lines up to stop the Cobra’s Tyler Farr during the Stags’ 28-13 win over Cane Bay. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

The Berkeley Stags had momentum, lost it, and then got it back with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to hold off a Cane Bay comeback. Berkeley defeated the Cobras 28-13 at Jim Bradley Field Friday night.
The win was the Stags’ first of the year to improve to 1-2. The Cobras drop to 0-3 with the loss.
“It’s our first win,” said Berkeley Coach Jeff Cruce. “Now we can move on from here.”
Branden Williams picked off a Devin Kilgore pass at the Cane Bay 21-yard line, one of three Berkeley interceptions on the night, and galloped untouched for the touchdown with 6:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. A Vance Bailey extra point made the score 21-13.
After the Cobras turned the ball over on downs, quarterback Matt Harkness picked up his own dropped snap and rambled home five yards for a touchdown to cap a 30-yard drive on four plays.
“Our defense stepped it up in the fourth quarter to take the game back,” Cruce said.
The Stags secondary has tallied six interceptions in three games, four by free safety Dee Harley.
Berkeley came out firing in the first half on a pair of touchdown runs by Jamal Bowman to go up 14-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, the Cobras snatched the momentum away by recovering a Berkeley fumble on the second half kickoff. Tyler Farr capped a five-play, 37-yard drive with a one-yard dive for a score at the 9:15 mark of the third quarter.
“Our defense came out smoking in the third quarter,” said Cane Bay Coach Russell Zehr.
“I was very impressed with the way we played tonight. We showed a lot of class and a lot of heart. We did we what we needed to do to win this game.”
Cane Bay faked a punt on their next drive as Romonte Frazier took the short snap and raced 12 yards for a first down to the Stags 26-yard line. Kilgore capped the drive with a 12-yard scoring toss to Devin Dingle. Phillip Jackson’s PAT sailed wide right and Berkeley held on to a slim 14-13 lead before putting the game away with the two fourth quarter scores.
“That momentum thing is something else,” Zehr said. “Just like that it changes hands.”
The Stags hit the road to take on Manning next week. Cane Bay hosts Beaufort.

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