LILBURN — The Berkmar football team defeated the Clarkston Angoras 40-6 in its Friday night non-region homecoming game.
The Patriots (3-0) were led by a two-quarterback system in Jermahri Hill and Jacari Dozier. Hill threw for 91 yards and TD. Dozier threw for 45 yards and a TD as well.
Leading receiver A.J. Feliciano had 83 yards and two TDs. One of his catches was a miraculous one-handed grab before halftime.
A penalty and turnover heavy first half made for a relatively slow night in the first half for both teams.
"I'm happy with the win for sure, but way too many penalties and once again such a sloppy sloppy game," Berkmar head coach Willie Gary said. "I told them if you do that next week you won't stand a chance. There are a lot of things to clean up, but we're about to practice and go to work. I'm not taking away from the win, but we've got a long way to go and I'm trying to get the kids to understand that."
Multiple forced turnovers throughout the game and a stout defense led to a dominating performance from the Patriots.
Berkmar's defense forced six turnovers, including a handful of fumble recoveries and even a safety.
"I thought our defense played really well," Gary said. "Their only score was a fumble recovery touchdown so the defense tackled and played well overall."
Berkmar will soak this win up, but it will have to turn around fast because next week the Patriots play on the road at Brookwood in their first region matchup of the season.
"We've got to get in the film room, get a game plan together, and get the kids to buy into it for next week's game," Gary said.
BERKMAR 40, CLARKSTON 6
Clarkston 0 6 0 0 - 6
Berkmar 17 7 14 2 - 40
Berkmar: William Vasquez 29 FG, 6:56
Berkmar: Jermahri Hill 46 yard TD pass to A.J. Feliciano (Vasquez kick), 4:41
Berkmar: Dakeem Weekes 35 yard Interception return TD (Vasquez kick) 3:28
Clarkston: 75 yard fumble recovery TD (2 PT failed), 6:48
Berkmar: Jacari Dozier 37 yard TD pass to Feliciano (Vasquez kick), 0:21
Berkmar: Jeremy De La Cruz fumble recovery TD (Vasquez kick), 6:10
Berkmar: Hill 19 yard TD pass to Weekes (Vasquez kick), 2:00
Berkmar: Safety, 5:44