Bel Air twins matched again in Ivies

Alumni Report

October 25, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

Thanksgiving Day should be a lot less eventful this year at the Bel Air home of Drew Berry and Brenda Fowler-Berry.

Unlike last year, when two on-field clashes between the Berrys' football-playing Ivy League twins, Harvard cornerback Andrew Berry and Princeton wide receiver Adam Berry, created a mild family storm, there doesn't figure to be anything to discuss this time around except the usual bragging rights from Saturday's 27-10 Harvard victory over Princeton.

That shouldn't be hard for Adam to deflect because Princeton took two straight when the junior fraternal twins were freshmen and sophomores. But Adam joked last weekend after his first loss to Harvard and Andrew: "I might not go home [for Thanksgiving] this year."

Last year, the dinnertime subject turned to Princeton's three-point victory.

The twins' father, Drew, had videotape showing that Andrew was holding Adam on one play. Adam had been presented a Hammer award by the Princeton coaches for a crunching block he made on Andrew that allowed teammate Brendan Circle to make a touchdown catch.

Andrew didn't dispute the holding charge and was mostly silent during the Thanksgiving conversation. "[Dad and the camera, but not game officials] caught me tugging on Adam's jersey," the 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback acknowledged last weekend.

In all, it has been a very successful football career for the former Bel Air standouts, as Andrew has been chosen a preseason first-team Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) All-American by College Sporting News.

This season, Andrew has made 20 tackles and defended seven passes as a cornerback for Harvard (4-2 overall, 3-0 Ivy League). On Saturday against Princeton, Andrew wasn't matched up against Adam often, as the game plans took the twins away from each other most of the time.

Andrew had two solo tackles, including one for a 7-yard loss.

"It's a weird feeling to be out there against your brother," said Andrew, who called Saturday's victory over Princeton the happiest moment of his college career. "There's always more nerves in that game with 40 family members and friends watching. I'd rather be playing some other team."

This season, Adam has 14 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns for Princeton (2-4, 1-2). Amid all the emotions in Cambridge, Mass., the wide receiver had two catches for 23 yards, carried the ball once for 6 yards and returned two punts for 8 yards.

Watson clears way

Freshman offensive lineman Ja'Mar Watson (Glenelg) has helped Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute start 5-0 this season with impressive blocking. The Engineers amassed 793 yards in those five outings.

RPI, which plays in Troy, N.Y., is ranked No. 18 nationally in Division III.

1,000 for Wenderoth

Senior outside hitter Lindsey Wenderoth (Owings Mills) has become the third women's volleyball player to reach 1,000 career kills at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia school history.

Wenderoth went past the mark with 10 kills and 15 digs in a 3-0 victory over Nyack College on Saturday. The win raised the Devils' record to 12-13 overall and 6-6 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

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