ATLANTA (Sept. 20, 2019) - No. 13 Berry will travel to Trinity for a 7:00 p.m. (CST) contest in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Game of the Week.
The Vikings enter the contest with a perfect 2-0 record. The two-time defending SAA champions have a combined 15-1 league record over the past two seasons. The lone loss for the Vikings came at the end of the 2018 regular season at Trinity.
This fall, Berry has victories over a pair of USA South opponents, Maryville (31-10) and LaGrange (34-9). The Vikings are again led offensively by one of the top receivers in the nation. Senior Mason Kinsey leads the SAA with a 105.5 yards per game average and six touchdowns. Berry, who is also strong running the ball, is paced on the ground by the two-person attack from Isaiah Dawson and Zack Fuller.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Vikings' front seven has been dominant. While the Blue and White have averaged 32.5 points per game, the defense is allowing only 9.5 points per game. LaGrange and Maryville combined to average a mere 52 rushing yards per game. Three Vikings - including the two league-leaders (Cullen Carlin) and (Brandon Palmer) - rank in the top-five in the SAA in sacks.
Trinity enters the game with a 1-1 record. After hammering McMurry, 41-10, the Tigers fell in a close road game at No. 8 Hardin-Simmons last Saturday. In that game, Trinity limited HSU's powerful offense to one touchdown while forcing three turnovers.
Quarterback Wyatt Messex leads the Trinity attack with 410 passing yards and a 60 percent completion rate. He also has six touchdowns. On defense, sophomore Michael Jewett leads an outstanding linebacker core with 21 tackles. Mac Douglass, Jesse Garcia, Jeremy Harris, and Campbell Miller rank second for the Tigers with 11 stops.
Last year, Trinity snapped Berry's long regular-season winning streak with a 21-17 victory. With just 49 seconds remaining a 22-yard touchdown pass from Messex to Peyton Tuggie capped off a five-play, 53-yard game-winning drive. That was set up after Trinity's third interception of the game with 3:08 remaining.
For those who cannot make the trip to San Antonio, the game will be broadcast online for free here.