FOOTBALL WEEKEND PREVIEW VS. BERRY

10/29/2021 5:28:00 PM

This week
The Panther football team will travel to Rome, Ga. to take on SAA foe Berry College on Saturday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. central time/3:00 p.m. eastern time at Valhalla, Williams Field.
 
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A look at the Birmingham-Southern Panthers
The Panthers come into this game ranked No. 22 in D3football.com’s top 25 poll. The Panthers did jump up two spots in the American Football Coaches Association to No. 21. BSC is currently 7-0 and 4-0 in conference play after coming off a 41-6 victory over Rhodes College.
 
The Panthers had another dominate performance on the ground Saturday raking up 292 rushing yards and 191 passing yards. The Panthers busted the game open after two 80+ yard touchdown plays. Jon Lewis led the team in rushing with 102 yards and a touchdown, he is now averaging over 10 yards per carry.
 
The passing game continues to shine, after a slow start a week ago Trey Patterson turned it around throwing for 191 yards and three touchdowns. One touchdown found the hands of Branden Rew who has now had a touchdown reception in five consecutive games. Gentry Neese also caught a touchdown pass making it three in his last four games.
 
The defense continues to limit opponents making Rhodes the fifth opponent to score 10 or less points in a game. Court Coley and Connor West led the team with 39 and 36 tackles respectively. Coley also leads the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
 
A look at the Berry Vikings
Berry will enter the contest with a 5-2 overall record and a 3-1 Southern Athletic Association record. The two losses have come against nationally ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Trinity University (Texas).
 
Since the loss to Trinity the Vikings are averaging 50 points per game while limiting opponents to 14. Quarterback Gavin Gary heads the offense with 923 passing yards and six touchdowns, while also rushing 40 times for 134 yards and a score. Cameron Kawa is the leading receiver for the Vikings, catching 29 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns on the season.
 
The defense is led by linebacking duo Connor Cheyunski and Jake Weitkamp. Cheyunski has 44 a team high 44 tackles while Weitkamp sits just behind him with 39. Weitkamp also ranks second on the team in tackles for loss and first in sacks. The defense is holding opponents to 20.43 points per game over their seven contests.
 
Other BSC Panther notes
> With the win over Rhodes last week Tony Joe White secured his 25th career win.
> Dating back to last season, Branden Rew has caught seven touchdowns over his past 10 games played.
> Trey Patterson currently has a 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio.
 
Up next
The Panthers will return home on Saturday, Nov. 6 as they host Trinity University (Texas) for their final home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.
 

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