MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - The Vikings are locked in a three-way tie for first place in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) standings and are set to welcome the Birmingham-Southern College Panthers to Valhalla on Saturday for a 3:00 pm kickoff.
OUTLOOK – BERRY COLLEGE VIKINGS
Sporting a 7-1 overall and 5-1 SAA record, the Vikings are coming off of a big 22-19 overtime victory over the Millsaps Majors last week. Berry put up 335 yards of total offense and held the Majors to fewer than 200 yards of total offense, but big plays on special teams would prove the deciding factor in the game.
After scoring a touchdown with fewer than three minutes remaining in the game, the Majors had taken the lead and were positioned to go up by three with an extra point. Instead, Berry's Jackson Putnam would block the kick before Jordan Arnett recovered the ball and returned it 98-yards for two points to tie it at 19 apiece. Freshman Obie Brannon would nail a 43-yard field goal in overtime to give Berry the win.
The last time the Vikings faced BSC was week nine of last season where the Vikings fell 14-7 in Birmingham. This season, Berry has been seen program highs across the board including junior defensive lineman Mamadou Soumahoro who has recorded 11 sacks, good enough for fourth in NCAA Division III.
The Vikings are currently averaging 420.4 yards and 30.6 points per game. Defensively, Berry is surrendering a league-best 21.4 points per game and just 374.3 yards. Berry will also enter Saturday's contest sporting a +6 turnover margin.
OUTLOOK – BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE PANTHERS
The Panthers enter Saturday's contest with a 1-8 overall and 1-6 record in SAA play. BSC fell to Centre last week with a 45-30 final, surrendering 435 yards of total offense and turning the ball over three times.
The Panthers nearly rallied for an upset after running back Kerrigan Pennington tallied 144 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He led the Panthers to 30 unanswered second half points to pull within eight against the Colonels.
BSC is averaging 346.9 and 24.7 points per game this season. The defense is surrendering 483.7 yards and 41.0 points per game.
The Vikings have never defeated the Panthers in the program's young history, but will look to close out the home slate with a win on senior day.
- Senior day recognition for the football team and managers will begin 25 minutes prior to kickoff
- Cheerleaders, drumline members and sports medicine staff will be recognized at halftime
Saturday, November 5th | 3:00 PM | Valhalla Stadium
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