WEEK 6 PREVIEW: No. 13/14 Berry

WEEK 6 PREVIEW: No. 13/14 Berry

Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - Week 6 of the season will see the Tigers football team square off with the Vikings of Berry College under the lights in Mount Berry, Ga.

THE BASICS
Sewanee (3-2, 2-1) at Berry (5-0, 3-0) | Oct. 6, 5 p.m. CT
Valhalla Stadium | Mount Berry, Ga.
All-Time Series: Berry leads 3-2
Last win: Nov. 8, 2014 at Sewanee (31-26) | Last road win: Nov. 9, 2013 (28-6)

WHAT DO ALL THESE RANKINGS MEAN?: Berry is ranked in both of the polls that Division III football offers. The Vikings are ranked 13th in the American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) coaches poll. They are also ranked 14th in the D3football.Com poll. Both rankings are the highest in the program's history. 

A TALE OF TWO FOOTBALL PROGRAMS, PART II: We mentioned last week about the differences with Hendrix bringing football back in 2013 after a 52-year hiatus. This week, we feature Berry.

Sewanee is in its 124th year of college football at the University of the South, while Berry enters its sixth season. After a 2-17 record in their first two seasons, the Vikings have won 27 games in the last three, including two SAA Championships. 

TOUCHDOWN BATTLE BETWEEN DARRAS AND ADCOCK: Coming into Week 6 of the season, Tate Adcock (15) and Alex Darras (12) are your top two in the touchdown category inside the SAA. Nationally, the quarterbacks are ranked in the top 20 nationally: Adcock at 7th and Darras at 19th. 

Darras is coming off a career day at Hendrix last week. The junior threw for a career-best 464 yards and four scores, also a personal best on 29-of-41. The 70.7 percent mark is the second-best in his career by a tenth of a point, which was accomplished against Austin in Week 3's 28-20 win, when he was named the SAA Football Offensive Player of the Week. 

FALLING ON THE BALL: Sewanee (14) and Berry (16) are the top two in the SAA in turnovers gained. The Vikings are second in the nation in the category, and the Tigers are ninth. 

EXPECT SOME FIRST DOWNS ON SATURDAY: Berry and Sewanee are ranked in the top 15 nationally in first downs. Sewanee is fifth in the nation with 121 first downs, good for the most in the SAA. Berry has recorded 111 first downs for 13th in all of NCAA Division III. 

A LOOK AT THE VIKINGS: The Berry Vikings are on pace for a third straight Southern Athletic Association Championship and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Championships. 

After a 42-35 win at Rhodes and a 38-35 overtime win at Centre, the Vikings thumped the Roos of Austin, 61-0. The 61 points are the most in the program's five-plus year history. 

Tate Adcock has been a primary backup QB for the Vikings in his first three seasons, but in his senior season, he has stepped up to the starter's role. In five games, he is at 913 yards passing on 69-of-109 and 15 touchdowns. 

In last season's contest, the Vikings defense stifled the Tigers, as they only mustered 246 yards of total offense, but the team was able to break the shutout late. Berry, ranked No. 24 at the time, defeated Sewanee, 48-10, at historic Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium.

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