September 26, 2013

Week 4 football preview: at Rhodes

What: Berry (1-2, 0-0) at Rhodes (2-1, 0-0)

When: Sept. 28, 2 p.m., EDT

Where: Crain Field, Memphis, Tenn.

Tickets: Free

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

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 (Pay-per-view/fee-based service): http://collegetvticket.com/ 

Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/rhodes/football/

Preview/photos from Todd DeFeo: Story

The Line on the Lynx: After two nail-biters to open the year, Rhodes traveled to California and picked up an easy 36-9 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Saturday. Rhodes edged visiting Austin, 24-21, in overtime in its season-opener. The Lynx then were edged at future SAA foe Washington College, 10-7, in week two.

At Claremont, the Lynx out-rushed the Sagehens, 230-70. Dane Wilson ran 20 times for 103 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Sophomore quarterback Blake Box--who was named the Southern Athletic Association's offensive Player of the Week on Monday--completed 14-17 passes, good for 205 yards at CMS. Box also tossed three touchdown passes, including a game long 42-yard pass. The quarterback also rushed for 55 yards, with his longest run of the day totaling 23 yards.

Berry MVP Watch?: If Coach Tony Kunczewski and staff were to award an MVP award after three games, who would it go to? Punter Mitchell Blanchard likely would be the runaway winner. The freshman from Suwanee, Ga. and Collins Hill High School is simply booming the ball. He has
punted 18 times for 739 yards in the Viking's two varsity games. His 41.1 average puts Blanchard,
and Berry, first in the SAA in punting. Birmingham-Southern is second in punting average at 38.8. 

"Mitchell has been pretty special so far," said Kunczewski. "He certainly has a strong leg, but he also has tremendous poise back there."

Blanchard was very busy last week in Macon. He punted punted 11 times for 456 yards and a 41.5 average. Blanchard also prevented a touchdown with a tackle on one return. Additionally, he got the rare opportunity to punt on a kickoff after a Vikings' safety (see photo). The Vikings lost at DI Mercer, 43-0.

Coach to Cure:  Rhodes and Berry are proud among the 550+ colleges, universities, and high schools that are participating as over 10,000 coaches from across the country will be wearing Coach to Cure MD Patches on their Left Arm during all games scheduled this coming weekend.
 
The game will also have a distinguished guest of honor, Dalton Al-Chokhachi, a local boy who is fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He and his family will be recognized at halftime of the game, to help bring awareness to this disorder.
 
To learn more about Dalton's fight feel free to check out his Facebook Page "Dalton Defeating Duchenne" - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dalton-Defeating-Duchenne/192306740809788
 
About Coach to Cure MD:
Coach to Cure MD is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a professional organization for over 10,000 college football coaches and staff, and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest national charity devoted exclusively to Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

In 2008 the AFCA adopted PPMD's Coach to Cure MD program as one of their charity efforts. One reason the AFCA was drawn to Coach to Cure MD was because of the unique parallels between Duchenne, a disorder which robs young men of precious muscle strength and college football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscle strength.
 
The goals of Coach to Cure MD are simple:
·         Raise national awareness of the disorder
·         Raise money to fund research for a cure
 
Our approach to reaching these goals is also simple:
One football Saturday of each season (this year it is on September 28, 2013) AFCA coaches nationwide agree to promote Coach to Cure MD.
 
By wearing armbands, mentioning Coach to Cure MD during on and off-field interviews, and in some instances doing even more extensive media relations around the date, coaches are rolling up their sleeves and proudly getting involved.

For more information on how to help fight Duchenne feel free to check out the Coach to Cure MD Links Below:
Website: http://coachtocuremd.org/
Coach To Cure MD Video: http://bit.ly/CTCMD2012
Or text the word CURE to 90999 and donate $5

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