The Hendrix College Warriors will face the only undefeated team in the Southern Athletic Association when No. 12 Berry comes to town.
Hendrix (1-5, 0-4 SAA) has faced an uphill battle since the first game of the season, losing five straight games, mostly without preseason all-American junior quarterback Miles Thompson.
The Warriors won the first game of the season, beating Lyon 37-27 but fell 19-14 to Texas Lutheran in Thompson’s final game.
Hendrix didn’t show well in a 45-6 loss to Centre in week three before losing a close 12-9 game to Austin College.
Two weeks ago, Sewanee beat the Warriors 38-31 at home, before losing 57-41 in a shootout to Birmingham-Southern on the road last week.
In relief of Thompson, junior quarterback Mason Doerr struggled out of the gate, completing just 13 of 35 passes for 125 yards and two interceptions against Centre in his first start.
His second game didn’t fare much better in the defensive struggle against Austin, throwing for just 86 yards on 15 attempts.
However, the last two weeks have unleashed a beast as Doerr has had two games in a row, culminating in being named the SAA Offensive Player of the Week after his performance last week against BSC.
Against Sewanee, Doerr looked more comfortable, completing 28 of 40 passes for 339 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
As for the BSC game, Doerr had the best game of his career, completing 31 of 50 passes for 415 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
However, the team couldn’t turn the last two performances into wins.
Doerr and the rest of the Warriors offense will have their work cut out for them as the Vikings have allowed just 16.2 points per game.
In contrast, the Berry (6-0, 4-0 SAA) offense has been dynamic, scoring 42.8 points per game, leading the conference.
Berry has been tough on opponents all season long, beating Austin 61-0 and the conference’s best defense Sewanee 44-3.
Under center for the Vikings’ offense is Tate Adcock, who boasts the conference’s second best completion percentage at 64.4 percent.
He is leading the SAA in passing touchdowns with 18 to one interception.
On defense, Berry defensive lineman Bryson Lamboy is leading the conference in sacks with 6.5.
In five previous matchups, the Warriors were only able to win one game, winning in 2013 by the score of 30-17.
Since then, the Vikings have had Hendrix’s number.
Berry comes to Young-Wise Memorial Stadium on Saturday where it looks to continue its quest on an undefeated season, while Hendrix looks to halt its losing streak.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.