HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS
Media release: The Berry College football team secured its first undefeated regular season in program history on Saturday afternoon, holding off a stingy Trinity University team 24-21.
Offensively, the Vikings were led by wide receiver Mason Kinsey who recorded 100 receiving yards and a pair of scores to help Berry to the win. Kinsey passed the single-season receiving yard record set by Trey Ciresi last year. He now sits at 976 yards on the year.
Mamadou Soumahoro also had a strong day, recording 1.5 sacks to help keep points off the board.
In the first quarter, Trinity’s Rhodes Legg had a punt blocked by Antonio White. Derrell Mims recovered the loose ball and returned it 25 yards for a score to put Berry up 7-0.
The second quarter was largely controlled by the Tigers. Quarterback Austin Grauer connected with Chris Stewart to cap off a six play, 61-yard drive and tie the game up. Tate Adcock connected with Kinsey on the next possession for 27-yards to give Berry the 14-7 advantage. Trinity’s Jay Foster, who had his second straight 100+ yard rushing performance, rumbled off a 49-yard score to lock the game up at 14 apiece at the half.
Out of the half, Trinity’s Tommy Lavine scored from 12 yards out to give Trinity a 21-14 lead. It was the first time the Vikings had trailed at home all season, but Berry was able to answer with a Trey Gregory field goal to cut the lead to 21-17.
Early in the final period, Kinsey caught a remarkable, one handed touchdown in tight coverage to give Berry the lead for good 24-21.
- Slade Dale: 18-26, 127 passing yards, 63 rushing yards, TD
- Tate Adcock: 7-12, 128 passing yards
- Mason Kinsey: 8 rec, 100 receiving yards, 2 TD
- Austin Haight: 8 tackles
- Mamadou Soumahoro: 6 tackles, 1.5 sakcs
- Austin Grauer: 20-26, 191 passing yards, 2 TD, INT
- Jay Foster: 13 att, 118 rushing yards, TD
- Tommy Lavine: 6 rec, 75 receiving yards, TD
- Benjamin Milliet: 11 tackles, 1 TFL
- Kievan Boudreauz-Bostic: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL
- The Vikings secured the outright SAA title and a perfect 10-0 season for the first time in program history.
- In addition to Kinsey’s record, Jacob Collins also earned the single-season rushing yards record now sitting at 682 on the year.
- Berry will continue into the playoffs on Nov. 18. The NCAA Selection Show is Sunday night.
Shorter ends season 0-11; dominated by Valdosta State:
VSU media release: From the opening possession of their season finale, the Valdosta State football team got right down to business, scoring early and often to run away with a 52-0 win over the Shorter Hawks in Gulf South Conference football action on Saturday afternoon in Rome.
With the victory, the Blazers finished their season at 5-4 overall and secured the program’s 18th consecutive winning season, which extended a streak that started in 2000. The loss for the Hawks capped off an 0-10 finish and a 0-7 stint in league play. VSU’s conference record concluded at 5-3.
The Blazers opened up the contest with a 7-play drive that ended with a Cedric Hollingshed touchdown carry at the 12:43 to give the Blazers a 7-0 advantage. Hollingshed’s scoring rush capped off a 70-yard drive for the Blazers, and 45 of those yards came from Hollingshed.
The initial score sparked an offensive avalanche that included 35 first-half points for the Blazers. The Shorter offense threatened late in the first half after B.J. McCoy sprung loose for a 46-yard carry inside Valdosta State’s 5-yard line. Brandon Roe made a touchdown saving tackle, however, and two plays later, Roe picked off Tyler Pullum and returned the interception 97 yards for a Blazer touchdown. The interception marked the fourth of the season for Roe and put Valdosta State in front 34-0 with 3:59 to play in the second quarter.
Valdosta State posted 530 yards on offense, 277 of which came on the ground. In contrast, the Black Swarm held the Hawks to just 241 total yards. Hollingshed was the leading rusher for the Blazers with 74 yards and two touchdown carries. The sophomore averaged 8.2 yards per carry and narrowly edged out Kenny Benjamin’s 70-yard rushing effort.
Freshman Rogan Wells delivered another strong performance from the quarterback position with a 70.4 completion percentage on the day and 19 completions on 27 attempts. The Fort Mills, S.C. native threw for 191 yards and rushed for 39. He contributed to three of VSU’s touchdowns with two scoring passes and one rushing touchdown. In addition, senior Jordan Germany produced two touchdowns, one on a pass reception and another on a rushing attempt.
On defense, Malik Slater and Henry Pryor teamed up to lead the Blazers with eight tackles each, while Sharmaine Washington added seven and Roe chipped in with six.