May 18, 2008
Albany -- The South Georgia Wildcats picked up a big win on their home field Saturday night, winning in the Civic Center for the just second time all season, and improving their overall record to 5-3.
The game against Corpus Christi was supposed to showcase two of the best return men in AF2, but the Cats P.J. Berry put on a one-man show.
South Georgia's P.J. Berry and the Sharks Ivory McCann are two of the best return men in the game, but it would be Berry stealing the spotlight Saturday night.
The Cats wide receiver returned two kicks back for touchdowns in the game, and Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley says fans should appreciate Berry while they can.
"We ain't gonna see him next year in AF2," says Stingley. "More than likely he'll be playing at the next level in the AFL."
Berry's most impressive play of the night didn't even show up on the stat sheet, but brought the Civic Center to it's feet.
In the 2nd quarter, Berry was back to field a kick, he would head to his left, finding his path blocked he would head back to the right, spinning and breaking countless tackles along the way, before finally stumbling exhausted into the endzone.
A tremendous run, however, the play would be negated by a block in the back penalty.
Berry says, "I think that's my third touchdown called back off a kick off return, and I've had like six called back all together, so imagine if I had them in my stats."
"You can tell he's the best player on the field," says Stingley. "I'm so proud of that boy, because he had a long way to go. He waited his time just to come out here on the field and make the plays he's made. Every time he touches the ball, something can happen."
P.J. Berry played in just one game for South Georgia last year, catching 7 passes for 78 yards and four touchdowns.
He did not field a kick off.
This year Berry leads the league with over 1,700 all-purpose yards, close to 400 more than the next closest competitor, and has returned five kicks for touchdowns.
South Georgia travels to face rival Florida Saturday at 7:30 p.m.