MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Berry College football team puts a perfect 4-0 record on the line this Saturday as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Bears of Washington University.
The Matchup – Berry
The Vikings continued their dominant start to the season with a 41-3 rout of the visiting Sewanee Tigers on Saturday. Berry racked up 481 yards of total offense including 315 yards through the air and 166 on the ground. The Vikings held Sewanee to fewer than 100 yards of first half offense and just 167 yards of offense for the game. Quarterback Tate Adcock was 12-19 for 187 yards and 2 TDs. Nine of those catches went to the current NCAA leader in receiving touchdowns, Trey Ciresi, who racked up 174 receiving yards and two scores.
Berry gave up 70 points in the first two games of the year, but has held opponents to just 13 in the last two games combined. The Vikings defense has only allowed one team to rush for 100 yards on the ground and leads the conference in rushing defense (76.8). Berry will boast a defense that has forced 13 turnovers, including nine interceptions, good enough for third in NCAA DIII. Defensive lineman Mamadou Soumahoro is currently tied for fifth in NCAA DIII with 6.0 sacks and adds 21 tackles and nine tackles for loss. The defense is assisted by punter Mitchell Blanchard who has won three of the four SAA Special Teams Player of the Week honors this season and ranks 10th in NCAA DIII in punting with a 42.7 yard average.
The Berry offense is now averaging 40.3 points per game behind Adcock who has thrown for 618 yards and 10 TDs on the year. Running back Austin Lowe has now rushed for 322 yards and three scores on the year behind his offensive line consisting of Trey Newton, Teddy Palmer, Avery Archer, Mike Wenclawiak and Jack Morgan.
The Matchup – Washington Univ.
The Bears have only lost two games at home over the past three seasons and will look to continue the hot streak behind senior quarterback J.J. Tomlin. Tomlin has thrown for 1,001 yards, nine TDs and seven interceptions on the year, helping WashU to average 35.0 points per game and 497.3 yards of total offense. The rushing attack is led by backs Austin Smestad, who was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week this week, and Logan Bash. Smestad has 266 yards and four TDs on the year while Bash has racked up 232 yards and one score. Kevin Hammarlund and Matt Page are the wideouts to watch for on Saturday, as Page boasts 356 receiving yards and three scores while Hammarlund has 235 yards and three TDs.
The Bears defense is led by Ben Marcus who has 30 tackles on the year and an interception he returned for 28 yards. Jake Coon is also in the mix, earning 28 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two picks. WashU also boasts five sacks on the year, 2.5 of which belong to Josiah Situmeang who adds 18 tackles. Nick Leduc is also one to watch on the Bears defense as he has 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
Saturday, October 1st | 7:00 PM @ Francis Field
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