By: MacKenzie Tuttle, Digital Content Supervisor
MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Berry College football team will look to continue their undefeated season as they host the Sewanee Tigers on Saturday for their first home Southern Athletic Association (SAA) matchup of the year.
The Vikings remain undefeated on the year for the first time in program history with wins over Maryville (34-33), LaGrange (52-37) and Rhodes (34-10). Berry has scored 34 or more points in each of these three games and shared an undefeated record with Centre and Hendrix. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Vikings are averaging 40 points per game, 416.3 yards per game, 187.7 yards on the ground and 228.7 receiving yards. Berry's defense is led by junior defensive lineman Mamadou Soumahoro who sits at second in the SAA with 4.0 sacks per game, as well as 5.7 tackles per game and 6.5 tackles for a loss. Berry has also recovered 4 fumbles and added 8 interceptions already this season.
The Sewanee Tigers sit at 0-3 on the year, with losses against Kenyon (21-17), Washington & Lee (21-17) and Birmingham-Southern (21-16). Sewanee averages 16.7 points per game, 299.7 yards per game, 157.3 yards on the ground and 142.3 receiving yards. The Tiger's defense has allowed 21 points per game, while adding 3 sacks and one fumble recovery on the year.
The Matchup – Berry
The Vikings defeated the Tigers, 14-3, for the first time in program history last year in Sewanee, Tenn. Berry had a big third quarter in the win, scoring all 14 of their points. The Vikings threw for 107 yards and rushed for 122 yards on the ground in the win. Mitchell Blanchard, two-time SAA player of the week, added 6 punts in the win, averaging 36.8 yards, with 4 of his 6 punts within the 20. The Berry defense also had a big game, adding two interceptions and four sacks.
Berry's offensive lineup for Saturday includes two of the top touchdown threats in the SAA, Chris Lilly and Trey Ciresi. Ciresi averages 91.3 yards per game and already has 7 touchdowns on the year, including 3 in the win at Rhodes last weekend. Lilly averages 54.3 yards per game and has 4 touchdowns as well.
Tate Adcock and Slade Dale will head up the quarterback position for the Vikings in the match-up. Adcock has found the end zone 8 times this season, averaging 143.7 yards per game. Dale has added 5 touchdowns on 255 passing yards, as well as over 170 yards on the ground. The Viking's offensive line made up of Trey Newton, Teddy Palmer, Avery Archer, Mike Wenclawiak and Jack Morgan will also pave the way for the Viking's running back crew of Austin Lowe, Jacob Collins and Dale.
The Berry defense is led by senior linebacker Matt Farinella who has 19 tackles on the season, as well as one tackle for loss in both of the last two games.
The Matchup – Sewanee
The Sewanee offense is led by freshman quarterback Sam Hearn. Hearn averages 137.3 passing yards per game and has 3 touchdowns on the season. He added 132 yards in the Tigers' loss to Birmingham-Southern College last weekend. Hearn has only thrown 2 interceptions on the season but has already been sacked 12 times this year.
Hearn will rely on his running back, Mikey Plancher, to get the ball past Soumahoro and Farinella. Plancher ran for 102 yards and one touchdown last weekend on 23 attempts for the Tigers. Hearn's younger brother, Steven Hearn, will also pose an offensive threat on Saturday after adding 84 receiving yards on 9 receptions last weekend to lead the Sewanee receivers.
Lee Menefee and B.J.Addison lead the Tigers' defense. Menefee, a sophomore defensive back, has 17 tackles on the year, 13 of which are solo stops. A senior linebacker, Addison has 9 tackles, 8 of which are solo.
Saturday, September 24th | 6:00 PM @ Valhalla Stadium
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