Berry College will kick off its 2014 season on the road against Maryville College on Sept. 6.
With a 41-14 victory over Stetson on Saturday, Mercer picked up its tenth win of the season and broke the NCAA’s all-time record for victories by a start-up program.
In many ways, Berry’s inaugural football season ended much the same way it began. An exuberant crowd of 3,161 turned out to historic Barron Stadium to cheer on the school’s first team to take to the field. Just like that inaugural contest on September 7, Berry fell short, but walked away knowing they have set a foundation for the future.
For Berry (1-8), the lesson thus far in their inaugural season has been one of perseverance. The road through eight games has been difficult, to be certain, but standing strong when the times are tough, it turns out, is a good life lesson.
Tyson Beacham connected with Michael Cowan for a pair of touchdowns as Birmingham-Southern found its winning ways once again and knocked off Berry by a 42-0 margin. With the win, the Panthers ended a three-game skid that follow three straight wins to open the season.
In a battle of upstart programs, Hendrix (3-3) picked off Berry (1-6) four times to stymie the Vikings.
At first glance, it might seem easy to be frustrated with a 1-5 start to the football season, but the Vikings of Berry College have maintained a positive attitude through their program’s first six games. They know success will come. It’s only a matter of time and experience.
Reinhardt University’s upstart football team is celebrating the first national ranking in the program’s young history. The Eagles (4-2) were ranked No. 24 in the NAIA Coaches Poll released Monday.