October 23, 2013

Week 8 Game Preview: B-SC at Berry

What: Berry College (1-6, 0-3 SAA) vs. Birmingham-Southern College (3-3, 1-2 SAA)

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.  (EDT)

Where: Darlington School, Rome, Ga. (2,500)

Berry Radio/Web Audio: WLAQ AM 1410, Ben Poplin, play-by-play, pre-game show begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

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

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

Live Video with audio and stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/berry/

Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/berry/fball/?e=sho5ko38lz85vdb6

Web audio only: WLAQ

Third One the Charm? Quarterback Sandon Mims will get his first collegiate start against B-SC. Against Centre, Mims came off the bench to go 8-17 for 112 yards passing. He has played in six games, is 18-40 for 250 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Mims also has the longest pass of the year, a 56-yard strike to Christopher Lilly.

"We knew at the start of the year that all three of our quarterbacks would play," said Head Coach Tony Kunczewski. "Adam Sandin and Dale Jackson have started games, so it will be nice to see what Sandon can do with the opportunity. They all have different strengths: Sandon probably has the strongest arm and is more the prototypical drop-back passer of the group."

Last Week: Hendrix College outscored Berry College 14-3 in the second half en route to a 30-17 Southern Athletic Association win on Saturday. Berry fell to 1-6 and 0-3 in the SAA. Hendrix improved to 3-3 and 1-2.

The Vikings continue to make steady progress. Not only were they leading early (7-0 and 14-9), but they were out-playing the Warriors. Despite trailing 16-14 at halftime, BC had the lead in first downs (9-7), rushing yards (73-44) and total yards (134-119).

Trevor Price scored the game's first TD on a one-yard run exactly halfway through the first period. Price was part of a Viking running attack, which produced 219 running yards on 47 carries--easily a program-record.

The Vikings helped Hendrix score early. Sandin was tackled in the end zone to cut the lead to 7-2. The Warriors capitalized on an interception to score a nine-yard drive for their first touchdown.

Trailing 9-7, the visitors put together perhaps its best drive of the season (12 plays for 78 yards). Sandin scored a two-yard plunge and after Campbell Harrison's PAT, BC held a 14-9 lead.

Lilly had another impressive game for the blue and silver. He posted a game high 194 all-purpose yards. He had 16 rushing yards, 122 receiving yards on three catches and 56 yards on kick-returns. Lilly, however, had a crucial dropped pass on four down in HC territory when Berry led 7-2.

-2013 Berry Team/Program Accomplishments

-The inaugural game was a spectacle to behold as 6,700 fans attended the Sept. 7 game vs. Maryville College (Tenn.).

-BC leads the Southern Athletic Association with an average attendance of 4,106 per-game.

-On defense, The Vikings are second in fumble-recoveries (8) and third in passing yards allowed per-game (195.3).-Berry is second in the SAA in punting average (38.1 yards) and kickoffs (57.3).

-On offense, the Vikings are sixth in the SAA in passing yard per game (145.8).

-In its lone game against similar competition (primarily freshmen), Berry defeated the LaGrange College junior varsity team, 37-27, on Sept. 15.

-The Berry College defense held high-flying Centre to season-lows in passing yards (254) and total yards (353). The 99 yards rushing was the second-lowest total for CC this season.

-Individual Accomplishments

-Anthony Batey tied an NCAA record with a 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown in 36-24 loss at Rhodes. (Note: video highlight of the play was a finalist for the D3football.com play of the week.)

- Berry College's Mitchell Blanchard was picked the SAA Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week on Sept. 30. A freshman, Blanchard punted 8 times for 290 yards (36.2 avg.) in the Vikings' 36-24 defeat at Rhodes. On a fake punt, he also scored Berry's first-ever touchdown on a 47-yard run which also gave the Vikings their first-ever lead. Blanchard is the first Viking football player to earn an SAA award.

-Anthony Batey is fourth in the Southern Athletic Association with 8.7 tackles-per-game. Teammate Matt Farinella is 8th with 7.3 tackles each game.

-Mitchell Blanchard is the second rated punter in the SAA with an average of 38.1.

-Christopher Lilly is fifth in the conference with 67 receiving yards-per-game. He averages impressive 129 all-purpose yards per game game.

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