2017-18 Berry Athletics Top 10 Stories
Over the coming days, the Berry College Department of Athletics will revisit the 2017-18 season with a look at some of the top stories from the year. A new story will be revealed each day (Monday through Friday) from July 10-23.
CJ Stone Returns Kick 90 Yards in NCAA Opening Round
After the Berry College football team secured the program's first undefeated regular season (10-0) and second straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title, nearly 2,400 fans packed Valhalla Stadium to witness the Vikings face Huntingdon College in the opening round of the NCAA Playoffs. At the time, the Vikings were ranked No. 18 in the country, averaging 34.2 points per game while allowing just 15.6 on the year.
Berry struck first in the game, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Hawks were able to get three back off a 42-yard field goal from Chase Young on their next possession. Several drives later, Berry's Will Kenworthy would have a punt blocked, giving Huntingdon possession on Berry's 20-yard-line. The Hawks went on to score and take a 10-6 lead.
Then, for the first time in program history, Berry returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown courtesy of CJ Stone.
"Huntingdon's lead would hold for just a few seconds, as Berry's CJ Stone took Chase Young's ensuing kickoff 90 yards for the Vikings first ever kickoff return for a touchdown, giving Berry a 13-10 lead."
-From the Archives | Berry Vikings Game Recap from Nov. 18, 2017
The electric play shifted all the momentum towards the home sideline. Berry went on to score two more touchdowns before halftime, outscoring the Hawks 21-10 for the remainder of the contest to win their first NCAA playoff game.
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