Football Shuts Down Scots in 31-0 NCAA Playoff Victory

Football Shuts Down Scots in 31-0 NCAA Playoff Victory

ROME, Ga. — For the second straight season, the Berry College football team will advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs courtesy of a 31-0 shutout victory over the Maryville Scots on Saturday.

The win pushed the Vikings record to 10-1 and extended their winning streak at Valhalla Stadium to 17-straight games. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Berry's defense was tough throughout the entire game, holding the Scots to just 116 yards of total offense. 
  • Neither team was able to score in the opening quarter, but the Vikings scored twice in the second period both on the back of Joey Connors. He caught a 22-yard pass from Heath Burchfield who took over starting duties to open scoring. He then capped a seven-play drive with a rushing score to put Berry up 14-0 at the half. 
  • Connors then ripped off a 74-yard score, the longest rushing touchdown in program history, in the third quarter.
  • Trey Gregory tacked on a 21-yard field goal early in the fourth.
  • Jordan Roman then sealed the win with an 11-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to complete the 31-0 victory.

BERRY STANDOUTS:

  • Heath Burchfield: 20-36, 216 YDS, TD
  • Joey Connors: 175 YDS, 3 TOT TDs
  • Bryson Lamboy: 7 TKL, 1 SACK, 2 TFL
  • JR Cendoya: 6 TKL, 0.5 SACK, 1.5 TFL

UP NEXT:

  • Berry will travel to face No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET.