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Berry Vikings upset in first loss of season, 28-15, at Birmingham-Southern. Game release: The No. 7 Berry College football team allowed an uncharacteristic 315 rushing yards on Saturday night, as the Vikings dropped their first game of the season 28-15 at Birmingham-Southern. Berry falls to BSC for the first time since 2015, slipping to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Panthers improved to 4-2 and 3-1 in conference. The Panthers controlled the game from the start, jumping out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter after rushing scores from Robert Shufford and Hunter Kountz. Prior to tonight, Berry had allowed just one rushing score on the year. Trey Gregory added his first of three field goals in the second quarter, but the Panthers answered with three field goals of their own in the quarter. Gregory tacked on another before the half to see the Vikings trailing 21-6 at the break. Gregory hit from 43-yards out in the third to make the score 21-9, but a gutsy call on 4th and goal resulted in a Panthers touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win for BSC. Jake Arceneaux caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Heath Burchfield on the final play of the game. Despite gaining 403 yards of total offense, Berry had three turnovers and had to settle for two field goals inside the BSC 10-yard line. The Vikings will welcome Rhodes on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the team’s next-to-last home game of the regular season. Berry has not lost back-to-back games since the 2015 season.
Shorter falls 7-0 to North Greenville in homecoming game. Media release: In a game that was heavily influenced by the effects of Tropical Storm Nestor, both North Greenville and Shorter had to get creative with their game plans. Both schools have developed a presence with a run game throughout the season, but both teams have had more success throwing the football. Shorter’s defense gave them an outstanding chance to win the ballgame and kept them competitive in the face of adversity. Xavier Robinson once again led the Hawks with eight tackles; bringing his team-leading total to 53. Not far behind were Nehemiah Reddish, Brent Silvar, and Terrance Snellings. Reddish had seven tackles, while Silvar and Snellings both added six. Hawks defenders combined for seven tackles for a loss in the contest. Robinson, Silvar, Snellings, Ethan Manns, Dejon Walden, and Kevin Zachary were all credited with a tackle for a loss of some sort. The Shorter secondary also made several big plays that kept Shorter in a tight battle throughout the rain-soaked afternoon. In the second quarter, Caleb Mason intercepted a North Greenville pass to swing some of the momentum back in the Hawks favor. Just before halftime, Christian James-Lattore had a timely pass breakup in the end zone to keep the Crusaders from scoring, Offensively, Shorter struggled to put anything together, mustering just 180 yards of total offense. Tupac Lanier led all rushers with 33 yards on 11 carries. Kameron King hauled in five passes for 50 yards and Christian Da-Silva caught four passes for 37 yards.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
- Saturday: Unity Christian School (9-0) wins Region Championship after beating Horizon Christian Academy, 44-6.
- Later today: Latest high school football rankings.
- John McClellan’s new high school picks coming Monday.
TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Berry Vikings: Lost first game of season at Birmingham-Southern, 28-15. Vikings
- Shorter Hawks. Hawks come up short losing to North Greenville, 7-0. Next Saturday: At Mississippi College, 4 p.m. Hawks
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets top Miami, 28-21. Next: Nov. 2 vs. Pitt, TBA. Jackets
- Georgia Bulldogs. Next: At home vs. Kentucky. Next: Nov. 2 vs. Florida in Jacksonville, 3:30 p.m. Bulldogs
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Class A/AA-Public First Round (Saturday) / brackets
A6 #2 Pepperell advances after beating A8 #3 Lake Oconee.
A7 #4 Gordon Central falls to A5 #1 Elite Scholars
A6 #3 Model falls to A8 #2 Union County
A6 #4 Armuchee falls to A8 #1 Rabun County
A6 #1 Coosa advances after beating A8 #4 Oglethorpe County
A7 #3 Chattooga advances after beating A5 #2 Drew Charter
In 4A: Cartersville falls to White County, 3-1.
In 3A: Adairsville falls to North Hall (3-0); Sonoraville loses to Cherokee Bluff (3-0); Calhoun advances after beating Lumpkin County (3-0)
ATLANTA UNITED: Beat the New England Revolution, 1-0, on Saturday to advance to 2nd round of MLS playoffs. Will host winner of Sunday’s NY Red Bulls and Philadelphia game on Thursday at 8 p.m. at MBS. ATLUTD
- Rome Braves’ 2020 season schedule; open at home with seven-game stretch on April 9. 2020
- Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / Click here to see the 2019 season’s galleries.