MOUNT BERRY, Ga. — One of the top offensive attacks in the country ran into a brick wall on Saturday afternoon, as the Berry College defense stifled the high-powered Warriors of Hendrix College in a 34-10 home victory to continue their undefeated season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Berry set a program record holding the Warriors to -8 yards on the ground and held a team averaging 43.7 points per game (a top ten mark in NCAA Division III) to just 10 points.
- Hendrix quarterback Miles Thompson came into the day as the No. 5 QB in the nation with 333 passing yards per game and was held to 230 after the Vikings fulfilled their defensive philosophy of forcing the Warriors to become one-dimensional.
- The Berry offense also had a strong day. The Vikings orchestrated a 10 play, 75-yard drive to open the game with Slade Dale finding Trey Ciresi for a two-yard score.
- Hendrix would then drive 43 yards to set up a field goal from the Berry 24-yard-line. Sandy Burks put a foot into it, but the ball was blocked by Berry to keep the score 7-0.
- The Vikings would add a pair of Trey Gregory field goals before the half to carry a 13-0 lead into the locker room.
- Hendrix struck first in the second half after Miles Thompson connected with Michael Spainhour for a 43-yard touchdown.
- Dale would cap off an eight play, 7-0-yard drive with a short scamper towards the goal line to give Berry a 20-7 advantage.
- Hendrix answered with a field goal late in the third and would trail 20-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
- Just inside the final quarter of the game, Ciresi hauled in his second score of the day on an eight-yard fade route from Slade Dale to give Berry a 27-10 lead. Just a few minutes later, Dale would once again find the end zone to put the game out of reach 34-10.
- On the day, the Vikings defense was phenomenal, racking up seven total sacks.
- Two Vikings also hit the century mark at their respective positions, with Jacob Collins rushing for his third 100-yard game of the year and Mason Kinsey eclipsing 100-yards also for the third time this year.
- Berry's offense was seven of 13 on third down, but just punted once as penalties kept several drives alive.
BERRY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS:
- Slade Dale: 13-17, 151 pass yds, 77 rush yds, 4 TOT TD
- Jacob Collins: 15 att, 103 yds
- Mason Kinsey: 8 rec, 100 yds
- Evan Breakspear: 7 tackles
- Mamadou Soumahoro: 4 tackles, 2 sacks
- Berry is now allowing just 13.6 points per game, leading the SAA
- Today was the fewest points Hendrix has scored since Nov. 16, 2013.
- The Vikings also lead the league with 23 sacks, led by Mamadou Soumahoro who has eight
- With a 7-0 record, Berry continues on the best start to a season in program history and has now won 12 straight games dating back to last year.
- At Valhalla stadium, the Vikings are now 13-1 and have not lost since Nov. 14, 2015.
AROUND THE SAA (STANDINGS):
- Centre College handed Trinity University their first loss in SAA play with a 27-21 final.
- Austin College defeated Millsaps 33-19
- Birmingham-Southern was defeated by Sewanee 34-13
- Berry will travel to Millsaps next Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. kickoff.