Recap: Victory Christian vs Berkeley Prep

SunStateFootball.com was at the match-up between Berkeley Prep and Victory Christian. Despite rain and the soggy field it created, there were some prospects who shined on field.

It was a disappointing night for the Victory Christian Storm, taking the field without star two-way player Demeitre Brimm, who is still recovering from a fracture to his jaw sustained at an FCA Camp in the summer. As a result, the Storm struggled to execute on offense with any great success, and Berkeley Prep ran away with the game, up until putting in reserves under a running clock in the second half. Berkeley Prep finished with a 38-12 victory

Berkeley Prep


2012 Nelson Agholor, current #3 safety in the country, dominated on both sides of the ball vs. Victory Christian

From the start of the game, Nelson Agholor was in complete control, which is not a surprise. The 2012 standout athlete who everyone around the country knows for his spectacular play making ability both on offense and defense, made his mark early and often. In the first 13 minutes of game time, Agholor lined up at receiver, running back, and safety and accounted for three touchdowns (one receiving, two rushing) and around 130 total yards. On the defensive side, he was all over the field disrupting plays, making it hard for Victory to get their offense going.

Berkeley Prep had some other outstanding players making plays as well, including 2012 LB Schyler Miles, who was in the backfield often, corralling Victory's fullback/linebacker who was handling quarterback duties. Miles showed why many schools such as West Virginia, North Carolina State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, and Wake Forest have offered him, as he has good downhill speed, sifts through blockers well to find the ball carrier, and makes good open field tackles. He is an all around smart player and solid tackler.

2012 WR/DE Reggie Barnes had a couple solid catches on the evening, including a 14 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. At 6'2" 210, Barnes has good size and speed, but not the elite speed wanted in a WR. He seems to be suited to play as a hybrid defensive end and rush linebacker, and that is where he seems to be getting a lot of interest. His current list of offers includes Florida International, Pittsburgh, Colorado State, Air Force, and a mix of other small schools.

Victory Christian

Despite a tough, soggy night filled with injuries and messy turnovers, Victory had some bright spots and you could sense that the lack of Brimm, the teams' only quarterback, was the major factor.

On offense, 2014 FB/LB Chris Nelson, tried very hard to take over quarterback duties, but the shoes were too big to fill. Nelson, who has two years left after this one, is already a monster presence on defense at 6'2" 245. He is a powerful player with tremendous size, and you just wonder if he will grow more and become a defensive linemen rather than a linebacker. A strong, solid tackler with good downhill speed, he plays the run well and can get in the backfield to disrupt plays, but lateral movement speed and the ability to drop into coverage are areas for him to develop over the next years.

Staying on offensive, a player who looked good but really suffered from Brimm not being there was 2014 WR Sa'Vaunn Bond. At 5'9" 160, Bond is your prototype shifty speedster athlete with quick cuts. He has good hands and is a tremendous weapon in space. He had several plays where he was tough for Berkeley Prep to tackle, and accounted for one of only two touchdowns for Victory on the night. At this time, he would be a prime candidate for a slot position, but there is always a chance for some growth over the next two years.

On the defensive side of the ball, 2012 DE Deonte Dempsey played well despite leaving the field for a portion of the first half with a leg injury. He returned and showcased the speed and athleticism that colleges have picked up on after last season. At 6'2" 225, he carries the weight well and could easily handle 240lbs. Even though he lines up at defensive end for the Storm, he is better suited to play linebacker where his size is a better fit. Dempsey has the speed and athleticism to play sideline to sideline and chase down running backs as well, more attributes that would make him a good linebacker prospect.


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