Football game notes vs. Mercer

What: Berry (1-1) at Mercer University (2-0)

When: Sept. 21, 6 p.m.

Where: Mercer University Stadium

Berry Radio: WLAQ AM 1410, Ben Poplin play-by-play

Tickets: Limited http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21638&schedule=list

Berry Roster: http://www.berryvikings.com/sports/fball/2013-14/roster

Berry Stats: http://www.berryvikings.com/sports/fball/2013-14/files/teamstat.htm

Video: NA

Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mercer/

THE ANSWER IS… SANDON SANDIN: The Jeopardy question was "what would you get if you combined Berry's primary quarterbacks." Together, Adam Sandin and Sandon Mims have combined for 31-51 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Sandin is averaging 4.2 yards-per-carry and Mims is right behind at 3.8.

P.S.: Other answers to this question would be an ambidextrous signal-caller and a passer efficiency rating of 138.19.

P.P.S.: Sandin hails from Saint Johns, Fla. and Mims is from St. Augustine, Fla.--just 24 miles apart.

THE PRICE WAS RIGHT: After not getting a carry in the opener vs. Maryville, Trevor Price made the most of his chance last Sunday. The running back from Gainesville, Ga. and Lakeview Academy gained 63 yards on nine carries against the LaGrange JV. His 7.0 yard-per-carry earned Price the top spot on this week's two-deep roster. "We will likely continue to play a lot of backs," said Berry Head Coach Tony Kunczewski.

FAN-TASTIC BEGINNINGS: The 6,700 attendance which Berry College had for its first home game is impressive. Note that the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship—also known as the Stag Bowl—attendance was 6,027.  According to the NCAA, the average for all 2012 DIII games was 1,952.  Only three teams—St. Johns (Minn.), Wisconsin Whitewater and Hampden-Sydney--averaged more fans than showed up at Barron Stadium on Sept. 7.

Listed below are some attendance comparisons. The home team is listed in bold.

2013 NCAA Division III Football Week One Attendance

1 Millsaps 52, Mississippi Col. 19, Robinson-Hale, Clinton 6,934

2 Maryville (TN) 37 Berry 0, Barron Stadium, Rome, Ga., 6,700

3 Texas Lutheran 44 Southwestern (TX) 14, 5,851

4 Geneva 47 Frostburg St. 3,  Reeves Field, Beaver Falls 5,655

5 Catholic 48 McDaniel 16, Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, Westminster. 5,321

 

Selected NCAA Division III "First Game" Attendance

1. Maryville (TN) 37 Berry 0, 9-7-13, Barron Stadium 6,700

2. Salisbury 13, at Christopher Newport 6, Pomoco Stadium, 9-1-11, 6,135

3. Texas Lutheran 44 Southwestern (TX) 14, 9-7-13, 5,851

4. Bridgewater 41, at Shenandoah 16, Stephens City, Va., 9-9-00, 4,135

5. Mississippi College JV 13, at Birmingham-Southern 41, 9-6-07, 3383

 

Up next for the Vikings: They open conference play at Rhodes next Saturday.