NORTHWESTERN VS. BERKELEY
8 p.m Friday
RECORDS: Berkeley 13-1, Northwestern 9-5
COACHES: Jerry Brown, Berkeley; Jimmy Wallace, Northwestern
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Berkeley beat Aiken, 56-14; Greenwood, 13-9 and Goose Creek, 38-35. Northwestern beat South Florence, 53-0; Hartsville, 42-9 and South Pointe 24-6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Bruce Ellington, Berkeley
A senior who will play basketball at South Carolina next season, Ellington is one of the state's most-productive football players. In an offense designed around his speed and athleticism, Ellington has rushed for 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns. He has only attempted 66 passes.
QB Justin Worley, Northwestern
Worthy is a pure drop-back passer who is not a threat to run. But he does plenty with his arm and judgment in the pocket. Worley has completed 67 percent of his passes, throwing for 4,111 yards and 40 touchdowns.
BERKELEY WILL WIN IF. . . the Stags sustain long drives with Ellington running their offense. It is imparative for Berkeley to dominate time of possession. Even though Northwestern has a quick-strike offense, the fewer times Worley has the ball, the better for Berkeley.
NORTHWESTERN WILL WIN IF. . . its defense is able to slow Ellington. As quick as Ellington is, Northwestern's defenders run well enough to do the job. The Trojans have allowed only 15 points in three playoff games.
PREDICTION: Northwestern 24, Berkeley 21