EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE
Berean Christian Bulldogs
WEST PALM BEACH, FL
SUNSHINE STATE ATHLETIC
6 OFFENSE, 7 DEFENSE
BRIAN SHIPLEY, MIKE PIGNATO, MIKE
MAUCK, RAY MONTROIS
KEY PLAYERS: Nickolas Doucette (Sr,. WR);
Jared Hammond (Sr., ATH); Llamar Smith (Sr.,
OL); Dante Mercurio (Sr., OL); Kasey Montrois
(Sr., ATH); Luke Langsam (Sr., LB); David
Combs (Sr., DL); Jay Morgan (Sr., WR); Brenden
Shipley (Sr., QB); Devin Downey (Sr., ATH)
1 Kasey Montrois CB, RB Sr.
2 Luke Langsam OLB, RB Sr.
5 Ryan Copeland LB Jr.
6 Jared Hammond WR, CB Sr.
8 Josh Lawler So.
9 Brenden Shipley QB, DB Sr.
11 Romeire Morgan WR, CB Sr.
12 Matthew Mauck WR So.
14 Caleb Goertzen LB, QB Fr.
15 Nick Doucette WR Sr.
17 Rafael Hernandez OLB, CB So.
19 Michael Degler WR So.
20 Kapehe Lyander Fr.
23 Tyler Christian WR Fr.
24 Devin Downey OLB Sr.
32 Victor Findley RB Jr.
33 HunterAxtell WR Sr.
34 Caleb Fix WR So.
42 Daquion Johnson Jr.
43 William Herring RB Jr.
44 Ryan Richards So.
51 David Hendricks G, OLB Sr.
52 Kersten Francilus DE, G Jr.
53 Joshua Morris D T, DE So.
54 Christopher Shipley D T, DE Fr.
55 Chad Collier DE, OLB Sr.
59 Llamar Smith G, DT Sr.
60 Jason Raley D T, DE So.
61 Johnathan Stanford DL So.
64 Dawson Combs N T Fr.
65 David Combs T, D T Sr.
66 Denver Combs DL 8th
71 JoeEbel P,OLB,GSr.
72 Dante Mercurio C, NG Sr.
73 Seth Anderson DL, LB Jr.
75 Chris Todd T, NG So.
78 Dominic Lanni D T, DE So.
87 Todd Galt WR Fr.
99 Nickolas Racine DL, OL Fr.
Wesley Williams WR Fr.
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BEREAN CHRISTIAN BULLDOGS 2016
AUG. 19: AT COMM. SCH. OF NAPLES
AUG. 26: AT ORANGEWOOD CHRIST.
SEP. 3: VS. BOCA RATON CHRISTIAN
SEP. 16: VS. JUPITER CHRISTIAN
SEP. 23: AT CHRIST’S CHURCH ACAD.
SEP. 30: VS. ST. EDWARDS
OCT. 7: AT OLYMPIC HEIGHTS
OCT. 14: AT SEVEN RIV. CHRISTIAN
OCT. 22: VS. FIRST ACADEMY
When baby steps turn into giant leaps, it’s hard not to smile. Berean Christian
School is getting noticed more and
more every year, and the football
team is a big part of that. The local
metropolitan newspaper is noticing
the small budding powerhouse in
West Palm Beach. More and more
people are inquiring about being on
campus, not just for football.
Head coach Brad Carney
should take a bow, but he won’t.
He’s too busy working with kids to
worry about self-aggrandizement.
Besides—the program’s record in
his six years says it for him: 2-8,
0-10, 6-4, 5-5, 9-2, 9-2. Carney
comes from a law enforcement
background and works at Pahokee
Middle School by day as an on
campus officer. In the afternoons
he heads to Berean, where he
has been since taking a job as an
assistant in 2008—and he’s been a
huge part of the metamorphosis.
How has this phenomenon
happened? And where are they
selling the recipe, right? How can
this tiny school take on a Class 7A
school last year (Olympic Heights)
and beat it? It wasn’t that long ago
that it couldn’t beat its own 1A
“We went independent, and we
realized some equal competition
would be good and we could
build up the program and get that
confidence,” Carney said. “Then
we felt we could schedule a big
one here and there. We got more
confident that we could do it, the
kids believed we could do it. That’s
how it has happened.”
This year, the Bulldogs return
starters at 16 position for a team
that went 9-2 and won its division
in the Sunshine State Athletic
Conference—an independent level
of football within the FHSAA that
has 28 schools statewide. Berean
finished 3rd in the state at this level.
Last year, quarterback Chris
Mauck was the catalyst for the
Bulldogs. He threw for more than
3,000 yards and 30 TDs and
rarely made a mistake. With Mauck
graduated, there will be more
balance to the offense—which
threw the ball nearly three times
more than it ran it last year. Carney
admitted this year it will be much
more of a 50/50 attack.
But when the Bulldogs do decide
to throw it? Well, it never hurts
when your leading TD maker from
a year ago is catching balls again
this year. Nick Doucette, a 6-foot- 4
target, averaged 26 yards per
catch last year, catching 27 passes
for 650 yards and 10 TDs. He
and fellow returning WR Romerie
Morgan (6-2/170— 14 receptions,
3 TDs last year) are guys that first-year starting QB Brenden Shipley
can count on. Shipley was in the
program last year and knows the
ropes, which helps.
“We will be working hard to be-
come a balanced offense,” Carney
said. “The starting QB graduated
and senior Brenden Shipley will be
preparing to lead our team. His goal
will be to get the ball into the hands
With capable blockers like
returning starters Lamar Smith,
David Hendricks, Dante Mecurio
and Seth Anderson knocking
people around up front, Shipley
can rest assured his line has his
back—literally, of course.
On defense, the talent is spread
evenly across all three levels. The
secondary is going to be a strength
again, as playmaking senior DB
Kasey Montrois returns to hit. His 6
INTs and ability to provide a spark on
offense make him one of the more
pivotal returnees. His partner in the
backfield, Jared Hammond, also has
a knack for snagging an INT.
Returning seniors Luke Langsam
and Devin Downey are two players
who will be relied on heavily in the
linebacking corps. Langsam led
the team in tackles and tackles for
loss ( 87 and 12) last year, so his
play will be critical. Big battering
ram David Combs (6-1/265) will be
a force on the D-line after messing
with opposing backfields in 2015,
while junior Kersten Francilus isn’t
as big as Combs but he’s equally
effective behind the line ( 12 TFLs).
“We’re in another transition
time, and we have 14 seniors to do
it with,” Carney said. “We’re going
to have to change things around
on offense a bit. But we’re excited
about that. We’re going to fight it
out with every team we play.”
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