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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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Berry’s first varsity football win featured more than its share of drama – a late comeback to force overtime and a tremendous stand by the Viking defense on the first series of OT, followed by a perfect pass to win the game – all before a huge Mountain Day crowd that swept onto the field to celebrate with the team. It also produced a play that has been heralded as one of the best in the nation this season. The diving one-handed interception late in the fourth quarter was named National Play of the Week by D3football.com (see accompanying video) and has been nominated for GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced Nov. 28 during GEICO’s Best of College Football 2014 on CBS.

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