FHSAA 3A football state championship preview: Berkeley Prep vs. Chaminade-Madonna

The FHSAA Class 3A football state championship game will feature Berkeley Prep (Tampa) – who is making its first-ever state championship game appearance – vs. 5-time state champion Chaminade-Madonna. 

Here is everything you need to know about the 3A Florida high school football state championship game:

(Feature photo by Brian Smith)

How did Berkeley Prep get here?

Defeated Bishop Verot 38-0 (Regional Semifinals), defeated Clearwater Central Catholic 36-22 (Regional Finals), defeated Lakeland Christian 42-14 (State Semifinals)

Players to watch for Berkeley Prep

Quarterback Troy Reader – 766 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 2 interceptions (Junior)

Running back Travis Bates – 158 carries, 1803 rushing yards, 21 touchdowns (Senior)

Running back Xavier Townsend – 107 carries, 1188 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns (Senior) (Iowa State commit). Townsend also has 18 catches for 417 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns this season.

Linebacker Tre Reader – 113 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks (Senior)

Defensive End Keon Keeley – 61 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks (Junior) (Notre Dame commit)

Linebacker Johnny Ferrelli- 61 tackles, 34 tackles for loss (Junior)

Defensive Back DJ Hooker – 41 total tackles, 2 interceptions (Senior)

What’s At Stake for Berkeley Prep?

The Buccaneers are seeking their first football state title in school history.

How did Chaminade-Madonna get here?

Defeated Miami Edison 45-0 (Regional Semifinals), defeated Cardinal Newman 48-0 (Regional Finals), defeated Florida State University High (Tallahassee) 38-3 (State Semifinals)

Players to watch for Chaminade-Madonna

Quarterback Cedric Bailey – 1,729 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, 6 interceptions (Sophomore)

Running Back Davion Gause – 208 carries, 1,454 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns (Sophomore)

Athlete Duane Thomas – 68 carries, 398 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns (Junior). Thomas also has 46 catches for 699 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions this season.

Wide receiver Edwin Joseph – 30 catches, 486 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns (Junior)

Wide receiver Jeremiah Smith – 15 catches, 314 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns (Sophomore)

Linebacker Denzel Johnson – 84 tackles, 6 sacks (Sophomore)

Defensive End Jamaal Johnson – 65 tackles (37 solo), 17 sacks (UCF commit) (Senior)

Defensive End Kenyatta Jackson – 65 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 15 sacks (Ohio State commit) (Senior)

What’s At Stake for Chaminade-Madonna?

The Lions are seeking their sixth state title in school history and first since 2019.

Score Prediction

Chaminade-Madonna 31, Berkeley Prep 17


Date: Friday, December 10, 2021

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Gene Cox Stadium: Tallahassee, FL

Live Stream: https://fhsaa.boxcast.com/#/broadcasts/w5c61hipquhjr90n2soo (Non-Spectrum Customers)

http://www.myspectrumsports.com/floridagames/player.html?broadcast=w5c61hipquhjr90n2soo (Spectrum Customers)

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