No. 6 Bel Air rolls, 28-13, as brothers spark rally

Adam, Andrew Berry lead Bobcats past Edgewood

Football

High Schools

October 09, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Berry brothers helped No. 6 Bel Air awaken from a flat first-half effort to score 22 second-half points and roll to a 28-13 victory over host Edgewood in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game last night.

A team rule forced wide receiver Adam Berry to sit out the first quarter after he missed two days of practice this week. Berry went to Hollywood, Calif., as one of 11 high school players selected to see the premiere of the movie Friday Night Lights at Graumann's Chinese Theater.

Missing Berry in the first quarter seemed to throw Bel Air (6-0, 3-0) out of whack offensively. John Jackson kicked two first-half field goals for Bel Air, but Edgewood (4-2, 2-1) took a 7-6 halftime lead on Jordan Hancock's 70-yard touchdown pass to Corey Scott in the second quarter.

Andrew Berry completed only two first-half passes - none to Adam, his brother - but everything changed in the second half. He finished by completing seven of 13 for 108 yards and two touchdowns. The senior also ran for 78 yards as the Bobcats scored 21 straight points.

Berry led touchdown drives on Bel Air's first three possessions to give the Bobcats a 28-7 fourth-quarter lead.

He ran for a 7-yard touchdown to give Bel Air a 13-7 lead on the first drive of the second half. Berry then tossed a 9-yard scoring pass to Adam Berry on the team's second possession and then ran for a two-point conversion.

Andrew Berry then threw another 9-yard scoring pass to his brother on the team's third drive. Adam Berry finished with four catches - including the two touchdowns - for 64 yards. Each brother contributed an interception on defense, with Andrew's ending an Edgewood scoring threat on the first half's final play.

Bel Air gained 181 of its 279 yards in the second half, while holding the Rams to 76 yards after they gained 189 in the first half. Adam Berry and the team's coaches knew he'd have to sit out the first quarter, but the wide receiver understood.

"It was an excellent experience [in Hollywood], but [sitting out] was fair," Berry said. "But I was raring to go, and I was ready."

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