Berry took a lead into halftime against Rhodes thanks to a 47-yard touchdown run from its punter and a 100-yard fumble return for a touchdown. But, the visiting Vikings faltered in the second half, falling to the Lynx 36-24 before a crowd of 2,198 at Crain Field.
Berry linebacker Anthony Batey recovered a Lynx fumble at the goal line, then took it to the house, and punter Mitchell Blanchard took a high snap and ran for a 47-yard touchdown to put the Vikings up early.
Rhodes (3-1) rushed for 337 yards, led by Dane Wilson who ran for 124 yards and three of Rhodes’ four rushing touchdowns, but coughed up the ball twice in the first half. The Lynx and picked up 23 unanswered points in the second half before Berry (1-3) scored on a seven-yard pass from Adam Sandin to Sean Stassie with 1:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Saturday’s game marked Berry’s first lead in an NCAA recognized contest. Berry’s win came against a junior varsity squad and while the school counts that contest as part of its record, the NCAA does not.
RUSHING: Berry – M. Blanchard 1-47; Trevor Price 8-28; Jonathan Lewis 8-17; Gavin Black 2-5; Sandon Mims 1-0; Sean Stassie 1–4; Josh Bullock 1–5; Dale Jackson 3–14; Adam Sandin 6–19. Rhodes – Dane Wilson 20-124; Kevin Vieira 14-89; Mitch DeKozan 5-70; Blake Box 9-43; Roc Sherrell 2-9; Liam Coyle 1-5; Tat Whitley 1-1; Drew Burford 1–4.
PASSING: Berry – Adam Sandin 26-14-0-162; Dale Jackson 12-5-0-36; Sandon Mims 2-1-1–2. Rhodes – Blake Box 19-11-0-89.
RECEIVING: Berry – Chris Lilly 2-51; Jonathan Lewis 3-26; Josh Bullock 4-25; Hunter White 2-25; Methus Weldon 2-18; Cameron Boyd 1-16; Trevor Price 2-11; Sean Stassie 1-7; Kevin Christmas 1-6; Gavin Black 1-6; Carsten Boehm 1-5. Rhodes – Jonathan Wiener 3-41; Kevin Vieira 2-15; Matt Baldwin 2-12; Mason Windatt 1-7; Dane Wilson 1-5; Mason Childers 1-5; C. Schneider 1-4.