Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road star junior Braxton Berrios had another huge game on Friday night. Berrios had 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had a fumble recovery and an interception. Most importantly, Berrios and the Pride advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a hard-fought win over Middle Creek.
"Tonight, we came out pretty flat," said Berrios. "They drove it down our throats and stopped our offense on the first couple of drives. But we pulled it together – we tried to execute the game plan as much as we could. At the end, it's a ‘W'."
Berrios said the the team is close and feels that has played a major role in the Pride's success.
"We're close-knit and everybody has each other's back," he said. "We've become a team, we've become brothers, and we depend on each other."
While Leesville Road was able to win against Middle Creek, Berrios knows that the team cannot start slow against Garner this Friday.
"We've got to start quicker and we've got to start better," Berrios said.
What will it take for the Pride to beat an undefeated Garner squad?
"We are going to have to play our ‘A' game just like they are going to have to play their ‘A' game to beat us," he said. "We have got to have a great, great week of practice, and we just have to come out firing."
Berrios had scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. However, recently, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver picked up offer No. 8. A few other schools could also be close to extending offers.
"That was a big one (South Carolina offer)," he said. "Steve Spurrier Jr. gave it to me before the (Tennessee) game and I was happy. It was big – I like South Carolina. But it's still early."
"Ohio State seems pretty close to offering, and so does Clemson. I've been in heavy contact with both of them and I'm just waiting to see what happens. I may go visit one on Thanksgiving weekend. If not, definitely this winter and spring. It's (recruiting) on the backburner right now. I'm focused on the season."
After the season, do not expect Berrios to make any major decisions right away.
"I'm not going to narrow anything down," he said. "I'm going to take visits and basically open things up. I'm going to open it up a little bit and see what happens."
For now, the junior playmaker is focused on one thing.
"I want to go to the state championship game," Berrios said. "Leesville's never been there, so we need to get there."