Football: Berry outlasts Panthers for 28-14 win

Football: Berry outlasts Panthers for 28-14 win

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. - Berry scored the final 14 points to outlast LaGrange 28-14 on Saturday in Valhalla Stadium. The Panthers (0-2) are still seeking their first win, while the Vikings improved to 2-0.

"We're a lot better than we were a week ago," said Coach Steve Pardue. "I was talking with Tony (Berry head coachTony Kunczewski) after the game and he said how much tougher we were, so Im proud of that. I was proud of the kid's effort and they battled all night.

"We're not where we want to be but we are definitely moving in the right direction. I thought we got so much better from Week 1 to Week 2. You're not happy when you lose but proud of our effort and proud of the direction were heading. This was a pretty physical game and we have to get ready for conference starting next week."

Berry took the opening kickoff and quickly went 52 yards in nine plays to go up 7-0. The Panthers held the ball for the final six minutes of the quarter and Nick Searcy capped the drive with a 1-yard run on the second play of the second quarter. Zachary Kudwa's extra point tied the game.

The Vikings retook the lead just before the end of the first half. Slade Dale covered the final 15 yards to make it 14-7 at the half.

The Panthers drove the ball to the Berry 24 on their first possesion of the second half before missing a field goal. They came right back with their next possesion to tie the game. Connor Blair threw a short 8-yard pass to Brendan Thomas to tie the game at 14 with 2:46 left in the third quarter.

Berry answered with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Dale to Mason Kinsey on the final play of the third quarter to retake the lead. The pair connected on a 24-yard score in the fourth quarter for the 28-14 final.

Blair finished with 216 yards passing in the game. He is 486 yards from breaking the school's career mark for passing yards.

The Panthers play at Methodist next Saturday to open their USA South schedule.