Football Claims Huge 45-22 Victory at Centre on Saturday

Football Claims Huge 45-22 Victory at Centre on Saturday

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Berry College football team collected 574 yards of total offense on Saturday, defeating the Centre College Colonels 45-22 to remain in first place in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

With Birmingham-Southern's loss at Trinity today, the Vikings can clinch the team's fourth consecutive SAA championship and another trip to the NCAA playoffs with a win against Austin College next weekend. Berry is now 8-1 on the year with a 6-1 mark in league play. Centre fell to 5-5 and 3-5 in conference. 

Isaiah Dawson had a monstrous day running the football, rushing for a program-record 274 yards and a touchdown. Mason Kinsey also had a big day against an All-American corner, collecting 171 yards and three touchdowns. He eclipsed 3,000 receiving yards for his career and sits at 49 career receiving scores. 

Dawson capped a seven play drive to open the scoring in the first quarter, punching in a touchdown from one-yard out. Centre added a field goal in the second quarter before a pair of touchdowns from Kinsey put the Vikings up 21-3. Centre answered with a five-yeard touchdown pass from Breece Hayes, but Darius Barnum scored from one yard out right before halftime to send the Vikings into the break with a 28-9 advantage.

The Colonels scored quickly in the third quarter to cut the Berry advantage to 28-16, but Trey Gregory added a 42-yard field goal in windy conditions to give Berry a 31-16 lead going to the fourth. Centre scored once more on a 50-yard pass to Clark Payne, but Darius Barnum and Mason Kinsey would both score in the fourth to secure the victory. 

Berry returns home to host Austin for Senior Day on Nov. 16.