Saturday, September 8, 2012
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Berkmar's Dorren Miller (5) catches a touchdown pass over Meadowcreek defender Keyon Rich (19) during Friday's game.
LILBURN -- Berkmar rebounded in a big way from a tough loss last week to pick up its first win of the season beating Meadowcreek 56-6 Friday night.
"I felt like we let one slip away last week." said Berkmar head coach Jonathan Sanks. "I felt like we had to come out and make a statement."
The Patriots (1-1) made a loud statement putting up 43 points in the first half and only allowing Meacowcreek (0-2) three first downs.
Berkmar opened with an impressive 11-play 80-yard drive following the opening kickoff that set the tone for their offensive dominance. The drive was capped off by a 24-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jaquan Morris.
After the scoring play with his feet Morris went to work through the air where he was 9 of 17 for 224 yards and had three TDs. Morris also added a second rushing TD early in the second quarter from one yard out.
On just the second play of Berkmar's next possession Morris connected with Dorren Miller for a 56-yard strike and after the two-point conversion the Patriots led 15-0 with 6:16 still to play in the opening quarter. Miller also had a 68-yard scoring reception late in the first half that gave the Patriots the 43-0 halftime lead. Miller ended the game with 170 yards receiving on just seven catches.
Berkmar took full advantage of opportunities given to them scoring four times on six Mustang turnovers.
Malik Price also got in on the action provided by the Patriots' air attack catching a 44-yard strike from Miller. Price had two catches for 59 yards.
Meadowcreek was able to get on the board in the second half behind some very strong running by Ryan Moore, who scored on a 35-yard run. He led the Mustangs with 122 yards rushing on 17 attempts.
Sanks knows his team is in a very competitive region but he feels a game like this does a lot for his team's confidence and their feeling that they can be in every game.
"All we are trying to do is keep getting better and keep getting better." said Sanks. "I think this gives our guys a lot of confidence to think that we can be in every ball game. I think it is very good for our confidence but we still got a long ways to go."