MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – The Vikings football team will look to rebound at home on Saturday as the University of Chicago Maroons head to Valhalla stadium for a noon kickoff.
The Matchup – Berry
The Vikings dropped their first contest since Nov. 14th, 2015, to Washington University in St. Louis last week, moving to a 4-1, 2-1 SAA record. Berry looks to get back on track at home, where they sport an impressive 6-1 record. The Berry offense will look to take advantage of a Chicago defense that has allowed opponents to average 36 points per game, 201 yards on the ground and 306 yards through the air.
Quarterbacks Tate Adcock and Slade Dale should have several offensive targets to work with this week, including Trey Ciresi who still ranks among the elite wideouts in the nation with nine receiving touchdowns. Last year, Ciresi hauled in nine receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns in Berry's 24-17 overtime victory at then No. 24 Chicago. Running back Austin Lowe, who racked up 95 yards on 20 touches last week against a stout WashU defense, also ran for 95 yards and a score against the Maroons last year.
Berry's defense, led by SAA sack leader Mamadou Soumahoro (7), will look to shut down Chicago's back Chadler Carroll who leads the league in average yards per game (121.0).
The Matchup – Chicago
Sporting a 2-2, 2-1 SAA record, the Maroons will look to redeem last year's overtime loss to the Vikings. Chicago is coming off of a big 38-34 win over Birmingham-Southern last week where they racked up 548 yards of total offense on Burke Moser's 433 passing yards and two touchdowns. Carroll also had a huge game, rushing for 112 yards and three scores while also adding nine receptions for 114 yards. His efforts earned him a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Moser is top five in the league with 311 yards per game and eight touchdowns. He will look to his wideouts Dante Nepa and Syd Reynolds to move the sticks on Saturday. Nepa has 271 yards and four scores so far this season for a 67.8 yards per game average. Reynolds has 198 yards and a score so far and is averaging 49.5 yards per game.
Chicago's defense is led by linebacker Jackson Garrey who leads the SAA in tackles per game (13.8) and total tackles (55). He will be backed up by defensive back Jeremy Vincent who is ranked top ten in the league in tackles.
Saturday, October 8th | 12:00 PM @ Valhalla
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