It was cold and rainy as the Hendrix College Warriors struggled Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium against No. 12 Berry in a 35-14 loss.
It looked as though the Warriors (1-6, 0-6 Southern Athletic Association) were starting strong against the undefeated Vikings (7-0, 5-0 SAA) when Hendrix freshman cornerback Matthew Scrito intercepted a Berry senior quarterback Tate Adcock pass after it tipped off his receiver.
The Warriors took over at the Berry 48.
Driving the ball toward the end zone, Hendrix was set up at the Vikings 13 after a 16-yard run by sophomore running back Kip VanHoose.
The Warriors would run the option as junior quarterback Mason Doerr scrambled to his left.
The pitch came early for VanHoose and the ball hit the ground, leading to a recovery by Berry sophomore linebacker Alex Kirkendoll at the 18.
The Hendrix defense wouldn’t allow much, giving the offense the ball back after forcing a punt.
The Warriors took over at their 38 and started driving again.
Four plays later, Doerr took it upon himself to scramble for a first down, but he was injured on the play, walking to the sideline with a limp arm.
That gave freshman quarterback Deondre Henry a chance to play under center.
Hendry would get the Warriors down to the Berry 23, but a snap that went over his head backed Hendrix up to the 32.
The Warriors were unable to pick up the 4th-and-long situation and instead of opting for a 49-yard field goal.
The Vikings took over and eventually scored the first touchdown of the game when sophomore running back Isaiah Dawson scored from six yards out with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
It seemed like a case of when it rains, it pours as Hendrix sophomore Levi Jones fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and Berry took over at the Warriors’ 36 line.
After a 35-yard pass from Adcock to sophomore running back CJ Stone, senior running Joey Connors punched it in from one yard out, making the score 14-0 with 1:24.
The Warriors couldn’t generate any offense on their next drive as Berry took over at the Hendrix 35-yard line.
Four plays later, the Vikings would add to their lead when junior quarterback Heath Burchfield connected with freshman wide receiver TJ Ciresi on a 15-yard touchdown.
Berry would again add to their lead when Doerr completed a pass to freshman wide receiver Tyler Urban, who was hit hard by Berry junior linebacker JR Cendoya and fumbled the ball.
Vikings junior linebacker Brandon Palmer recovered the ball and ran it in from 42 yards out, making the score 28-0 with 12:11 left in the first half.
Neither offense could do much as Hendrix had a pair of turnovers, but Berry couldn’t take advantage of them.
Berry was trying to capitalize on the second turnover, but Adcock was picked off by Warriors sophomore Ronnie McShan for a 100-yard pick six, making the score 28-7 going into halftime.
The Vikings tried to increase their lead on a 38-yard field goal, but the attempt was missed.
Berry would again score for its final time, capitalizing on a Henry fumble.
Three plays later, junior wide receiver Mason Kinsey sprinted 36 yards toward the end zone, making the score 35-7 midway through the fourth quarter.
Hendrix would later score another touchdown with 20 seconds left in the game when Henry scored from nine yards out.
The Warriors face a bye week next week before playing their final home game of the season against Trinity on Oct. 27.
Kickoff is scheduled for noon.