MONCKS CORNER -- No Bruce. No problem.

The Berkeley Stags began life after star quarterback Bruce Ellington on Friday night, and if one game is any indication, life -- and winning -- will go on for the Stags. Berkeley still had plenty of firepower to post a 40-14 victory over Stratford in front of approximately 4,500 fans at Bonner Stadium.

Ellington, who led the Stags to the Division II-AAAA state title last December, is now a member of the University of South Carolina basketball team. Last season, he had five touchdowns and 209 yards rushing in Berkeley's 55-30 victory over Stratford. In Friday's season opener, the Stags used a balanced offensive attack to gain their 15th victory in their last 16 games.

Berkeley outgained Stratford 282-254 in total yardage. Ellington's replacement, Tevin Bradshaw, was

4-of-4 passing for 108 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

"We had a balanced offense," Berkeley coach Jerry Brown said. "We don't have that big-play man like we did last year, but we have several people who can pick up 10, 15 yards a play. I thought Tevin did a good job of running the offense. In some cases, he understands the offense just as well as Bruce did. It was a good opening win for us."

Season openers can translate into sloppy games, and that was the case for both teams. Berkeley was whistled for 15 infractions for 120 yards, while Stratford had 12 penalties for 95 yards.

"The big thing I saw were some tremendous mental mistakes on both sides of the ball," Stratford coach Ray Stackley said. "We had a gross number of penalties, some of them I'm not so sure about. But the key was that they were much quicker than us."

The game was delayed for 20 minutes when a fan on the Berkeley side of the stadium suffered an apparent heart attack. The game's referee, Garrick Messer, is a doctor in residence at MUSC. He stopped the game with 30 seconds left in the first half and ran into the stands to treat the fan.

Berkeley took a 27-6 lead at halftime. Lance Williams scored on an 18-yard run. Bradshaw was 2-for-2 passing with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rahkeem White and a 26-yard scoring toss to D.J. Weathers on the first play after the 20-minute delay. White also had TD runs of 19 and 4 yards.

Stratford's only score in the first half came on Ryan Barnwell's 5-yard touchdown run. Devin Washington had the Knights' other score, a 9-yard run in the third quarter.

Stratford freshman quarterback Jacob Park made his debut and showed promise. The 6-3, 190-pounder was 9-of-25 passing for 140 yards.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Stackley said. "He played like a freshman at times, but overall he played well. It was baptism under fire. He faced a tremendous rush from a quick defense."

Berkeley-Lance Simmons 18 run (Nick Hill kick)

Berkeley-Rahkeem White 19 run (Hill kick)

Stratford-Ryan Barnwell 5 run (kick failed)

Berkeley-White 24 pass from Tevin Bradshaw (Hill kick)

Berkeley-D.J. Weathers 26 pass from Bradshaw (kick failed)

Berkeley-D.J. Weathers 20 pass from Bradshaw (Hill kick)

Stratford-Devin Washington 9 run (Preston Gavins run)

Berkeley--White 4 run (kick failed)

MONCKS CORNER -- No Bruce. No problem.

The Berkeley Stags began life after star quarterback Bruce Ellington on Friday night, and if one game is any indication, life -- and winning -- will go on for the Stags. Berkeley still had plenty of firepower to post a 40-14 victory over Stratford in front of approximately 4,500 fans at Bonner Stadium.

Ellington, who led the Stags to the Division II-AAAA state title last December, is now a member of the University of South Carolina basketball team. Last season, he had five touchdowns and 209 yards rushing in Berkeley's 55-30 victory over Stratford. In Friday's season opener, the Stags used a balanced offensive attack to gain their 15th victory in their last 16 games.

Berkeley outgained Stratford 282-254 in total yardage. Ellington's replacement, Tevin Bradshaw, was

4-of-4 passing for 108 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries.

"We had a balanced offense," Berkeley coach Jerry Brown said. "We don't have that big-play man like we did last year, but we have several people who can pick up 10, 15 yards a play. I thought Tevin did a good job of running the offense. In some cases, he understands the offense just as well as Bruce did. It was a good opening win for us."

Season openers can translate into sloppy games, and that was the case for both teams. Berkeley was whistled for 15 infractions for 120 yards, while Stratford had 12 penalties for 95 yards.

"The big thing I saw were some tremendous mental mistakes on both sides of the ball," Stratford coach Ray Stackley said. "We had a gross number of penalties, some of them I'm not so sure about. But the key was that they were much quicker than us."

The game was delayed for 20 minutes when a fan on the Berkeley side of the stadium suffered an apparent heart attack. The game's referee, Garrick Messer, is a doctor in residence at MUSC. He stopped the game with 30 seconds left in the first half and ran into the stands to treat the fan.

Berkeley took a 27-6 lead at halftime. Lance Williams scored on an 18-yard run. Bradshaw was 2-for-2 passing with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rahkeem White and a 26-yard scoring toss to D.J. Weathers on the first play after the 20-minute delay. White also had TD runs of 19 and 4 yards.

Stratford's only score in the first half came on Ryan Barnwell's 5-yard touchdown run. Devin Washington had the Knights' other score, a 9-yard run in the third quarter.

Stratford freshman quarterback Jacob Park made his debut and showed promise. The 6-3, 190-pounder was 9-of-25 passing for 140 yards.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Stackley said. "He played like a freshman at times, but overall he played well. It was baptism under fire. He faced a tremendous rush from a quick defense."

Berkeley-Lance Simmons 18 run (Nick Hill kick)

Berkeley-Rahkeem White 19 run (Hill kick)

Stratford-Ryan Barnwell 5 run (kick failed)

Berkeley-White 24 pass from Tevin Bradshaw (Hill kick)

Berkeley-D.J. Weathers 26 pass from Bradshaw (kick failed)

Berkeley-D.J. Weathers 20 pass from Bradshaw (Hill kick)

Stratford-Devin Washington 9 run (Preston Gavins run)

Berkeley--White 4 run (kick failed)

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