Berry reaches semifinals with 42-21 victory

Berry quarterback Isaiah Kizzire (1) hands the ball to Deason Nichols (2) as Johnathan Locke (7) provides blocking.

The Berry Wildcats were poised to make school history as they welcomed the Brilliant Tigers to Fred Webster Stadium for the third round of the playoffs. On the line for the Wildcats was its first 11-win season in school history, the school record for consecutive wins, but most importantly to the Wildcats, the first-ever appearance in the fourth round of the playoffs. Brilliant kept the game close in the first half, but 20 second half points by the Wildcats resulted in a 42–21 victory for Berry and a place in school history.


Berry Wildcats defeat Woodland 26-16

Trent Smith (3) runs for good yardage after taking the handoff from Isaiah Kizzire (1). Shown blocking for Berry are Matthew Morrison (54), Hunter Cannon (55), Deon Mayfield (60) and Houston Cannon (56).

The Berry Wildcats made the trip to Randolph County to face the Woodland Bobcats in the second round of the playoffs. The game featured a matchup of running offenses, and possessions were at a premium. The offenses for both teams got the ball seven times each during the game. The Wildcats scored on four of its seven possessions to take a 26-16 victory and advance to round three.

Berry Council holds organizational meeting

The Berry Town Council held its organizational meeting after receiving their oaths of office on Nov. 2. Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman administered the oaths of office to the council members and mayor prior to the start of the meeting. Charles Tidwell was sworn in as the only new member of the council, replacing former Councilman Chris Rice in Place 2. Rice chose to not seek re-election.

Berry overwhelms Sumiton Christian 50-14

Gabe Jones (9) escapes a tackle as Ace Norris (8) blocks.

The Berry Wildcats entered the playoffs as a home team for the first time since 2015. Berry welcomed the Sumiton Christian Eagles to Fred Webster Stadium in the first ever meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Wildcats made quick work of the Eagles by taking an early lead and cruising to a 50–14 victory.

Berry defeats Meek 43-6

Will Knight (12) is shown running for a good gain for Berry.

The Berry Wildcats faced the Meek Tigers in their last regular season home game. The Wildcats received turnovers from the defense, and touchdowns on special teams and the offense to take control of the game. The Wildcats walked away with a 43–6 victory, and finished undefeated in region play for the first time since 2015.

Berry clinches region title with 36–13 victory

Berry’s Deason Nichols (2) is shown running for a big gain against Brilliant.

Homecoming is always an exciting time of year. This year in addition to wanting to win for returning alumni, a win would clinch the region championship for the Wildcats. With that in mind, the Wildcats welcomed the Brilliant Tigers to Fred Webster Stadium. The game was close at the half, but the Wildcats took control of the game in the second half and secured a 23-point victory for Berry.


Berry defeats Pickens County in 29-28 thriller

Jonathan Locke (7) is shown tackling Pickens County’s Xerrance Washington (6) as he fights for extra yardage.

The year was 1934. Franklin Roosevelt was in the White House, there was no such thing as World War II, and the Berry Wildcats defeated Pickens County. Few people would have guessed that 86 years later, the Wildcats would travel to Reform in hopes of picking up its second win against the Tornadoes. In a closely contested game, Berry scored touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams to walk away with a 29-28 victory over the Tornadoes.

Berry dominates Lynn 36-0

Deason Nichols (2) runs for a big gain behind the blocking of Haiden Schicker (66).

The Berry Wildcats welcomed the Lynn Bears to Fred Webster Stadium for a Region 6 matchup. The Wildcats’ offense took control of the game early, and the Berry defense dominated in the second half. When the final seconds had run off the clock, the Wildcats walked away with a 36–0 victory to remain undefeated in region play.