By Matt Noonan
The sixth week of the spring football season is set to kickoff later this week and there is one game with a trophy on the line.
Berry College and Hendrix College will compete on Saturday, March 13 for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title – both teams enter this highly anticipated matchup riding a three-game winning streak, respectively.
“It is hard to put into words how proud I am of our team to continue to adapt, adjust, improvise and overcome,” said Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan via the athletic department’s release from last Saturday’s win over Trinity.
Saturday’s match-up will be played at War Memorial Stadium after in Arkansas at 7 p.m. eastern – the game will commence after Trinity and Birmingham-Southern College square-off in the first SAA clash of the weekend, which is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m. eastern. On Sunday, two more SAA games will be played on the same field between Centre College and Austin College at 1 p.m. eastern followed by Rhodes College and Millsaps College at 7 p.m.
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Sticking with the SAA championship – and yes, the big weekend in Arkansas for all eight squads – make sure to watch (or listen) to this week’s “In The (D3FB) Huddle” show with Frank Rossi and James Baker – our friends were joined by members of both the Berry and Hendrix football team, who provided some insight into Saturday’s title game.
Let’s go inside the Berry-Hendix Matchup:
- In their last meeting in 2019, Berry beat Hendrix, 27-9, thanks to a pair of touchdown passes from Gavin Gray, who was recently named the league’s offensive player of the week, along with six sacks from the Vikings defense. Hendrix quarterback Miles Thompson concluded the game with 245 passing yards.
- The Warriors’ last win over the Vikings came in 2013 when the Orange and Black beat the Vikings by a score of 30-17. Hendrix’s Tanner Frye completed 28 of 39 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 40 yards on eight carries.
- Berry enters Saturday contest averaging 32.67 points per game – let’s call it 33? – while Hendrix has averaged 33 points per contest in three games.
- Berry has won its last six matchups against Hendrix.
Three Players to Watch (Berry):
- Gavin Gray (QB): The second-year signal-caller leads all SAA passers with eight touchdowns while averaging 245.0 yards per game. Gray was instrumental in the Vikings come-from-behind win over Centre last Saturday, which needed overtime to decide a winner.
- Cameron Kawa (WR): The first-year wide out leads the Vikings in touchdown receptions (three) and is one of two receivers to have caught 10 passes from Gray this year.
- Connor Cheyunski (LB): Ranked fourth in the conference in total tackles, the third-year linebacker leads the Vikings with 28 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.
Three Players to Watch (Hendrix):
- Kip VanHoose (RB): The senior tailback from Kansas City, Missouri leads the Warriors in net yards (190) and rushing touchdowns (four). He ranks second in the SAA in rushing touchdowns behind Birmingham-Southern’s Robert Shufford.
- Blake Hinton (WR): The senior wide-out from Dallas, Texas leads the Orange and Black in receiving yards (223), yards per game (74.33) and touchdown receptions (two).
- Jacob Bremmon (DB): The third-year defensive back leads all SAA defenders with three interceptions – all three of his picks came against Trinity.
We’ll be back for more football content later this week, but as always, thanks for stopping by to read our Wednesday Football Notebook!