Football: No. 20 Berry outlasts Panthers 34-21

Photo by Eddie Sherrer
Photo by Eddie Sherrer

Nationally-ranked Berry outlasted LaGrange 34-21 on Saturday night in Callaway Stadium. The loss left the Panthers 0-2, while the No. 20 Vikings improved to 2-0.

Senior quarterback Kelly Hall threw for 402 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers. Senior receiver Marcus Campbell had eight receptions, including his 100th for his career for 89 yards. Fellow senior Austin Sapp had seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. 

Berry jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Hall's 22-yard strike to Sapp in the end zone capped a 7-play 65-yard drive to make it 13-7 after the first quarter. 

After stopping the Vikings on downs at their own 23, the Panthers ground out a 13-play drive to take the lead. Hall's 18-yard pass to Tyler Benjamin gave the Panthers a first and goal at the 7. Three plays later, La'Kel Hood bulled in from the 1 and Alex Rivera's extra point put LC up 14-13 with 9:06 left in the half.

A short punt set up the Vikings at the Panthers' 40-yard line. Tate Adcock's 6-yard pass to Mason Kinsey put Berry back in front 20-14 at halftime. Adcock threw for four touchdowns in the game.

Berry extended its lead to 27-14 in the third quarter on a 32-yard run by Kinsey. The Panthers used some trickery at the start of the fourth quarter to spark a scoring drive.

Facing fourth-and-one at their own 22, the Panthers surprised the Vikings with a fake punt. Punter Tristan McCann shoveled a pass to Scott, who picked up 24 yards on the play. Two plays later, Hall hit DJ Owens streaking down the sidelines for a 54-yard score to pull LC within six, 27-21, with 14:05 left.

But the Vikings got an insurance score after a Panther turnover for the 34-21 final.

The Panthers are off next Saturday before hosting Apprentice on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.