​Chicago win signals arrival of Berry as a program​

​​Berry pulled out a thrilling overtime win Saturday at Chicago​. The win, however, did more than improve the Vikings’ record to 5-1 this year​; it signaled the program has arrived.

If the program’s first year of existence, 2013, was about launching a football program and 2014 about building a program of significance, this year is about starting to reap the benefits of two years of foundational work.​ At the Division III level, most insiders acknowledge it takes a few years for a program to gel. ​

Perhaps the payoff manifests itself in thrilling overtime victories, whether against Chicago or instate rival LaGrange. It’s also about national recognition such as the program’s first-ever vote in the D3Football.com coaches poll.

​The program now has signature wins it can point to. It has also established an on-campus home and has started the on-campus traditions that accompany game day.

If nothing else, at 5-1, Berry is guaranteed a .500 record at minimum. One more victory and the Vikings secure the program’s first-ever winning season.

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