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Noontime’s Monday Roundup: Berry Captures The SAA Crown

By Matt Noonan

Another busy weekend of spring football is in the books.

This past weekend featured a slew of exciting outcomes, including an NCAA D-III conference championship tilt that saw Berry College edge Hendrix College by a score of 21-20.

Last Saturday’s win over the Warriors capped an impressive spring season for a Vikings squad that needed overtime one week earlier to beat Centre College to secure a spot in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) title game.

The Blue and White have now won seven consecutive meetings against the Orange and Black since 2014.

Gavin Gray and Jonahan Maisonave each recorded one touchdown in the win while the Berry defense finished with four interceptions and forced two fumbles. Devin Grier led the Vikings defense with three interceptions and Jack Carroll produced a team-high 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops and two tackles for a loss of seven yards.

Miles Thompson, Jacob Wood and Tajae White each recorded one touchdown for Hendrix.

Prior to Berry and Hendrix meeting in the SAA title game, Trinity University beat Birmingham-Southern College on the same field by a score of 38-15 – the game was played at War Memorial Stadium in Arkansas – while Centre College topped Austin College and Millsaps College beat Rhodes College on Sunday.

All eight teams will be idle until next school year, but Berry should be able to continue its spring season momentum into next fall, as well as be the early-season favorite to win its sixth-straight SAA title.

Other news and notes from a busy weekend of spring football:

  • The Wilmington College football team began its spring season with a come-from-behind win over Capital University. Quarterback Kyle Barrett capped a 16-play, 99-yard drive by tossing his second touchdown of the evening to Itika Wynn Jr. with 39 seconds remaining before the Wilmington defense denied Capital a chance to respond on its final series.

  • Bryan Moore, who is the head coach of the Wilmington football team, said it was “unbelievable to be back out there tonight” after the Quakers edged the Crusaders.

  • Jaedyn Prewitt recorded season-highs in passing yards (458) and touchdown passes (four) last Saturday as Whitworth University capped its spring season with a 56-23 win over Pacific Lutheran.

  • The Brevard College football team “christened the newly-expanded Ives-Lemel Family Field” last Saturday with a 27-3 win over Huntingdon College. The win evens the spring season series between the two schools at 1-1 – the Hawks beat the Tornadoes last month by a score of 26-18.

  • Brevard quarterback Eli Carr tossed a season-best four touchdowns in his team’s second-straight win over Huntingdon while completing 12 of 20 passes for 194 yards. One week earlier against Averett University, the Asheville, North Carolina native recorded a career-best in passing yards (212).

  • The Bluffton University football team scored its second-straight spring victory last Saturday, as well as third win of the 2020-21 school year as the Beavers topped Anderson University, 35-27. Bluffton’s current 3-0 mark matches its start from 2016, which saw the Purple and Gray finish its campaign with a 7-3 record.

Berry, Hendrix Set To Compete In SAA Championship

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.

Hendrix captured the Western Division crown last Saturday with a 13-3 win against Trinity University (Texas) while Berry rallied to beat Centre College to claim the East title in overtime.

“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!

Looking Ahead To A Busy Weekend of SAA Football

By Matt Noonan

The fifth week of the spring football season is upon us – crazy, right? – and there are a ton of matchups to follow this weekend, including some in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA).

As of this evening, three teams boast perfect records in the SAA – Berry College, Hendrix College, and Trinity University (Texas) – while Birmingham Southern College sits alone in the second place with a 2-1 record.

All four teams remain in contention for the SAA crown. But the same could be said for Centre College, which enters the final week of the conference’s regular season with a 1-1 record.

Let’s take a look at this week’s matchups with two of the three outcomes determining what two team will compete next Saturday, March 13 in the SAA Championship.


Hendrix at Trinity (Saturday, March 6): Both teams enter this must-see ad must-follow contest with identical 2-0 records. And the winner will most likely compete against Berry or Centre or perhaps see each other again next weekend in the SAA title game.

The Tigers’ offense has been impressive thus far, averaging 36 points per game, thanks to quarterbacks Tucker Horn and Wyatt Messex, who have combined for seven touchdown passes.

Trinity has not competed since February 13 while Hendrix appeared on the gridiron at the beginning and end of February. Their two wins have come against the same squads Trinity has beaten: Austin College and Millsaps College. Austin provided both squads with challenges, including Hendrix, which found a way to outlast a Kangaroos squad that produced a season-high 31 points last Saturday.

Kip Vanhoose was the player to watch on Hendrix last weekend – the Kansas City, Missouri native rushed for a season-high 94 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns.

This has the making for an exciting matchup that should mimic the previous meeting from 2019, which saw the Tigers edge the Warriors, 20-17.

Berry College at Centre College (Saturday, March 6): It would be hard to pick against the Vikings of Berry, which enter the final week of its shortened season with a great deal of momentum.

The Blue and White scored two wins last month, including a come-from-behind victory against Birmingham Southern. Two weeks after their three-point victory, the Vikings rolled past Rhodes College, 54-7.

Quarterback Gavin Gray has tossed six touchdowns this season – last week, he connected with three different receivers for scores, including Cameron Kawa, who hauled in the game-winning touchdown last month against BSC.

Trentin Dupper will lead a Colonels offense that has recorded 65 points in two games, including 35 last week against BSC.

A win over Berry would help Centre’s chances with securing a spot in the SAA title game next weekend.

Berry College has won the last four meetings, including their most recent clash in 2019, which saw Gavin Gray complete 10 of 24 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 45-22 victory.

Millsaps College at Austin College (Saturday, March 6): Despite back-to-back losses to Hendrix and Trinity, Austin seems primed to finish its shortened season with a win over Millsaps.

The Kangaroos enter their final contest averaging 27.5 points per game – let’s call it roughly four touchdowns – and will once again rely on quarterback Tyler James, who concluded last week’s contest against Hendrix with 320 yards of total offense.

Regan Wilkins and Jarrett Pleasant concluded the game with 10 total tackles, respectively, while John Aldridge converted five kicks, including four extra points.

Millsaps has not played since February 13 when they fell to Trinity by a score of 37-7. Quarterback Amryn Jeffrey finished the game with one touchdown while Mickale Massey and Liam Vincifora each recorded 13 total tackles.

Austin beat Millsaps in their last outing in 2019 by a score of 20-7. Evan Powell highlight the Kangaroos win by rushing for a game-high 117 yards on 13 carries.