ATLANTA (Oct. 11, 2019) - Unbeaten Hendrix will travel to No. 7 Berry for a 2:00 p.m. (EST) contest in Rome, Ga., Saturday, for the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Game of the Week.
The Warriors, who are 4-0 and sit tied with the Vikings, who are 5-0, atop the league standings. Hendrix will walk onto Williams Field at Valhalla Stadium after receiving votes in the latest D3football.com top-25 poll. The Black and Orange have wins over Lyon, Texas Lutheran, Birmingham-Southern, and Rhodes.
With the return of quarterback Miles Thompson, Hendrix's offense has rolled this fall. The Warriors are averaging 30.3 points per game, to go along with 385.0 yards per contest. Individually, Thompson is completed 68.1 percent of his attempts while throwing for 784 yards and five touchdowns. He has also rushed for 145 yards and four scores. Alongside Thompson, is talented running back Kip Vanhoose. Vanhoose has already rushed for 450 yards and is averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
Two weeks ago, Vanhoose rushed for 214 yards and one touchdown in a road win at BSC. On defense, Canon Roeder ranks second in the conference in tackles per game. He has averaged 10.0 stops per contest.
On defense, Canon Roeder ranks second in the SAA in tackles per game at 10.0. Teammate Brooks Parham also ranks in the top-five with 8.5 tackles per game. Along with defense, Hendrix has a great kicker in Sandy Burks. The senior is 4-for-6 on field goals with a long of 48 yards. That distance ranks second among all SAA kickers this fall.
Berry enters the weekend after one of its best performances in program history last Saturday. At Sewanee, the Vikings set records offensively for total offense (577 yards), rushing yards (325), average gain per rush (7.4), average gain per play (8.1) and scored the second-most points in program history. The Vikings defense limited the Tigers to just two third-down conversions, 22 yards rushing and forced four takeaways.
Individually, quarterback Heath Burchfield has played well. The senior signal-caller has thrown for 748 yards, nine touchdowns, and no interceptions. His main target has been potential All-American receiver Mason Kinsey. The senior wideout has 22 catches for 506 yards and eight touchdowns.
On defense, senior linebacker Brandon Palmer has lived inside opponents' backfields. Palmer has five tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, and 20 tackles. Along with Palmer, senior kicker Trey Gregory is 20-for-20 on extra points and has a long field goal of 44 yards.
For those who cannot make the trip to Georgia, the game will be broadcast online for free here.