Overcoming double-digit deficits, the fifth-ranked Bears emerged victorious in the battle, posting a 47-40 win to move their record to 2-0 on the season.
Lynn Coach Philip Smith, smiling broadly as he congratulated his players, called his team’s triumph the “greatest game he had ever been a part of.”
“I’ve been around this game for a long time and this was truly a game for the ages. I am so proud and impressed by our team’s effort and determination,” Smith said. “There is a lot of teams who go down 16-0 in the first quarter and give up, but we didn’t. We would battle back, and Berry would come back with a big play, but we never quit. It was like a heavyweight fight, with the last man standing. It was just a great, all-around game.”
Sophomore quarterback Brody Meeks had a stellar night in leading the Lynn offense with 367 total yards and scored 7 touchdowns. He connected on 19-of-32 passes for 340 yards and 6 touchdowns through the air and added another touchdown on the ground.
“I’m proud of everybody on our team,” Meeks said. “Our offensive line stepped up and played great and our receivers did a good job of getting open and catching the ball.
This win was a group effort and everyone came out and gave it their all.”
Meeks favorite targets on the night were David Henson, with 5 catches for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns and Jacob Carson, who caught 4 passes for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Dakota Bell led the Bears’ defense with 10 tackles, including 3 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble. As a team, Lynn’s defense recorded 14 tackles for a loss on the night.
Berry jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter before Lynn scored 20 unanswered points. Meeks connected on touchdown strikes of 41, 7 and 17 to take a 20-16 lead into the half.
The Wildcats opened the second half by driving 23 yards on 6 plays to regain the lead 24-20 after a successful two-point conversion.
Following an interception by Henson late in the third quarter, the Bears put together a 9-play, 35 yard drive as Meeks found Henson on an 18-yard strike. Henson’s good extra point put Lynn ahead 27-24.
Berry began the fourth quarter on 66-yard, 3-play drive to re-take the lead 32-27 after another good two-point play.
The Wildcats added another score to cap off a 6-play, 66-yard drive that extended their lead to 40-27 after the 2-point conversion.
Lynn would begin their rally on a 76-yard touchdown pass to Carson put cut the lead to 40-34 after a Henson good extra point kick.
After holding the Wildcats on downs on the ensuing series, the Bears drove 60 yards on 6 plays, with Meeks finding Carson on a 34-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 40-40 after the missed extra point.
A key fumble recovery by Bell on Berry’s next possession led to a 9-yard scramble by Meeks for his seventh score of the game. After the successful extra point kick by Henson, the Bears held on for their 47-40 victory.
Lynn stays at home next week, taking on the Meek Tigers in a Region 5 contest.