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The Berry football team is making news on and off the field as it chases a conference championship in only its fourth year of existence. Players in the spotlight include receiver Trey Ciresi, who was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after helping propel the Vikings to the best start in their history, and fellow senior Chris Lilly, whose one-handed touchdown catch against LaGrange (see video) has been nominated for GEICO National Play of the Year. The team also earned a preseason shout-out from Atlanta NBC affiliate 11 Alive News for having three sets of brothers on the roster.

The Vikings carry a 6-1 overall record into their final three regular-season games. Win all three, and the team has an opportunity to claim its first Southern Athletic Association championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III national playoffs. Two of those games will be played at Valhalla, where Berry is 3-0 this season and 7-1 since the stadium opened in 2015. Visit www.berrygameday.com for schedule and ticket information.

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A crowd more than 6,700 strong overflowed Rome’s Barron Stadium on Sept. 7 for the first intercollegiate football game in Berry history. With the new Viking Drumline providing the sound track, students, faculty/staff, alumni and friends displayed their Berry pride with a blizzard of blue-and-white shakers, horned Viking helmets and yes, even the occasional cow bell. Many fans lingered afterward to join the players and coaches in the singing of the Alma Mater. Though the game was won by visiting Maryville College, the day belonged to Berry. As the Rome News-Tribune praised, “That Berry football was so warmly welcomed should come as no surprise and not just because of the college’s considerable reputation and unusual history. It is part of the growing one-for-all and all-for-one attitude that is at the core of a local economic and social success that is becoming more visible, and more remarkable, all the time.” More coverage.

A week later, the team broke into the win column, with Chris Lilly tallying Berry’s first score.

Prior to the season, the Viking football players gained fans on campus and off with a flash mob at the opening reception for Berry’s first-year class. As the thebiglead.com later noted, “It was silly, awkward and fairly endearing. What an introduction for the team to both the school and the Internet. This year, we are all Berry Vikings.”

Berry will play three more games in Rome this season: Oct. 12 and 26 at Darlington School and Nov. 9 at Barron Stadium.  Click here to purchase alumni tickets.

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