By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
If you hadn’t of looked at the scoreboard, you’d have thought Berry had won.
Before a screaming crowd of nearly 6,700, the Berry Vikings took the gridiron Saturday night for the very first game of their inaugural football program. Unfortunately, it became pretty apparent in the first quarter the Vikings were outmatched to the veteran Maryville Scots; the Tennessee team leading by 21 to nothing at half-time.
Despite the looming loss, the crowd never stopped cheering---a fact that Viking Coach Tony Kunczewski was very grateful for.
“Every once and a while I caught myself looking up at the crowd and just what a tremendous atmosphere here. I just can’t say enough about the folks at Berry and the folks at Rome. I told our guys, never take this for granted, this experience we had out here tonight,” Kunczewski says.
“I just love the effort. Because, oftentimes, you look up at the scoreboard, you start to relax and say, ‘hey, we have no shot at this,’ he says. “But, the thing I was most encouraged about with our guys, there was no quitting. You can tell there were 18-year-olds going up against 22-year-olds, but we’ll close the gap.”
The final score was 37-0. Berry will take Lagrange College’s JV team next Sunday. Kick-off is 2 p.m. at Darlington.