Berkeley 33 Northwestern 24 FINAL reported LIVE from Williams-Brice Stadium as the Berkeley Stags take on the Northwestern Trojans for the Class AAAA Division 2 State Championship. Stay tuned later on this night for video highlights for our premium subscribers to see all the great action as 2010 Berkeley QB Bruce Ellington outdueled 2011 Northwestern QB Justin Worley (pictured) 33-24 to win the AAAA Div. 2 State Title.

The rain held off for almost a quarter and after one quarter of play the score stands 0-0.

-In the second quarter Bruce Ellington scampers in for the game's first score to make it 7-0 in favor of the Berkeley Stags.

-Still in the 2nd quarter and Northwestern answers with a touchdown pass by QB Justin Worley to WR Robert Joseph on a dazzling catch in the corner of the endzone to tie the game 7-7.

-Bruce Ellington shows everyone that he is arguably the state's top athlete scoring on a 67 yard scamper to push the Berkeley lead to 14-7.

-Northwestern is driving and on the Berkeley 5 yard line with 31 seconds to go.

-3 yard touchdown pass from Worley to WR Robert Joseph to tie the score at 14-14. Drive goes 8 plays for 70 yards.


Halftime Stats
Northwestern Passing
Justin Worley 17-25 121 yards 2 TDs

Northwestern Rushing Leaders
Sanbobis McLeod 5 carries 22 yards
Desmond Cunningham 3 carries 16 yards
Justin Worley 5 carries 16 yards

Northwestrn Receiving Leaders
Robert Joseph 7 catches 47 yards 2 TDs
Desmond Cunningham 4 catches 25
Stewart Hunt 2 catches 23 yards
Cody Craven 2 catches 20 yards

Berkeley Passing
Bruce Ellington 0-4 0 yards

Berkeley Rushing
Bruce Ellington 12 carries 103 yards 2 TDs
Dante Richardson 7 carries 72 yards
Tevin Richardson 1 carry 18 yards
R.J. Robinson 2 carries 16 yards

Halftime Notes & Observations

  • Berkeley is utilizing their option attack and piling up yards on the ground. Ellington shows his ballskills operating out of the option. Easy to see why he was recruited by a number of schools for football. Basketball is his ticket and I will attest to that but he's scary good as a football player too.
  • Northwestern WR Robert Joseph made 140 catches coming into the matchup tonight and showed exactly why catching 7 passes for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half. Ellington has matched up with Joseph a few times tonight
  • Northwestern QB Justin Worley has had time to throw tonight and it appears he's making good reads and picking his spots against the Stags defense
  • Berkeley's Willie Haynes has 6 tackles on the night
  • Roderick Byers has been a monster tonight with 6 first half tackles. Byers is making a statement and wasn't in the mood to talk prior to the game. He's all about business tonight.
  • The Ellington 67 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty, premium subscribers will see it later on tonight courtesy of SCPrepNationTV

2nd Half

  • Huge Berkeley rushing play negated by penalty, would have been a touchdown for Berkeley.
  • Northwestern scores from 5 yards out on a rush by Demario Wilson to take the lead 21-14. Drive goes 13 plays for 71 yards.
  • Fumble by Berkeley sets up Northwestern inside the Berkeley 10 yard line. NW 3rd and 6 with 5:06 to go in the 3rd quarter. Worley overthrows a wide open receiver in the endzone. NW attempts a FG which is good. 24-14 Northwestern. Drive is 4 plays for 1 yard.
  • Berkeley running backs are getting around the end and gashing the Northwestern defense for big gains. Drive started at the 20 and one the NW 41.
  • Berkeley attempting a 4th and 5 on the NW 37 yard line. Calls timeout. Northwestern holds Ellington and gang tackles him backwards. Turnover on downs Northwestern ball.
  • Worley taken down for a big sack for the Stags. Brings up 3rd down and 20 for NW. Fumble by Worley is recovered by NW. NW to punt. End of 3rd quarter 24-14 Northwestern.
  • Berkeley lines up from their 36. Converts a 3rd and 4 for a big gain on an option pitch around the left end. 1st down on the NW 31.
  • Ellington goes around the left end on a scamper and scores a touchdown from 28 yards out. PAT is MISSED score is 24-20 Northwestern. 9:55 left to play.
  • Northwestern goes 3 and out. Punt. 9:07 to go.
  • Berkeley to start from their 43 yard line. Big gain on option down to the Northwestern 40.
  • Ellington goes up the middle for 40 yard touchdown run. Score is Berkeley 27-24 with 8:32 to go. CHECK BACK FOR VIDEO LATER TONIGHT GUYS.
  • Northwestern starts from their 19 yard line. First down on a slant moves the ball to the 35 yard line.
  • NW rushes up the middle into Berkeley territory. Worley rushes for a 1st down to the Berkeley 36 yard line. Injury timeout for Berkeley player. 4th down and 5 yards Northwestern will go for it. NW calls timeout with 5:29 to go. Pass to Joseph dropped turnover on downs. Berkeley ball on the 32.
  • Another big gain by Berkeley on the ground for a first down. Ball on the NW 38 and the Northwestern defense looks tired.
  • Berkeley scores on a 15 yard touchdown run by R.J. Robinson to push their lead to 33-24 with 2:07 left to go.
  • FINAL Berkeley 33 Northwestern 24

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