ROME, GA (WSFA) - An overcast, gloomy day foreshadowed what was to come for the Huntingdon Hawks in the opening round of the Division III playoffs. The Berry Vikings picked up its first ever playoff win, a 34-20 win, in its first ever playoff game.
The Vikings struck their opening drive of the game, but had the extra point blocked. Huntingdon answered with a field goal and trailed 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks would hold a temporary lead in the second quarter after a Dontavion Cunningham 2-yard touchdown. It was a very temporary lead as Berry returned the ensuing kick to the house for a touchdown, taking a 13-10 lead.
Berry would score two-more times before the half to take a commanding 27-10 lead into the break.
After the half, Huntingdon brought the fight. Michael Lambert tossed a touchdown pass to Otis Porter to close the score to 27-17, and then added a field goal after partially blocking a Viking punt.
Now only leading by seven in the third, Berry attempted to stave off a Hawks invasion. The Vikings added another score in the final moments of the quarter to take a 14-point lead into the final frame.
The Hawks were unable to break through, despite driving the field late in the game and getting deep into Berry territory. Huntingdon turned it over on downs twice, including facing a fourth-and-47 on its final possession of the game.
The Hawks had its 9-game win streak snapped, and will end the season with a 9-2 record. Berry remains undefeated, moving to 11-0.