Scooter Berry and Kent Richardson were defensive teammates at WVU from 2006-09. They practiced together. Went to meetings together. Hung out together. Berry refers to the two of them as “brothers.”
On Sunday, they’ll cast that relationship aside. Why?
Their teams will square off against each other in the Eastern Division Championship Game to decide who will play for the crown in the ArenaBowl. Richardson is a former AFL Defensive Back of the Year award winner for the Philadelphia Soul. Berry earned the Arena League rookie sack record with 13 back in 2012. He returned to the Jacksonville Sharks after a stint in the CFL.
“This is the 4th time we’ll be seeing them this season,” Berry said. The Sharks held a 2-1 record over the Soul. All wins came for the home team. He continued, “It’s been a tough battle and I don’t expect it to be any different this time around.”
Before the season began, many expected for these two teams to meet in the Division Championship. Berry has two sacks on the season, but just came off inactive reserve on the 12th of this month. Richardson has five intereceptions on the season, but will miss this game. The team placed him on IR earlier this week with a sprained knee. He tells us it’s not serious, just unfortunate timing.
“It’s no secret that we are two of the top teams on the east conference. So we always expect to see each other for all the marbles,” Richardson said. “We match up well. It’s just gonna come down to whose gonna make the most plays. It will be a dog fight.”
The game will be played in Philadelphia at 5:00 pm ET on Sunday. You can watch the game live on the CBS Sports Network.
“It’s an amazing feeling to have gotten to this point, but it’s far from over,” Berry said. “Nothing less than a championship!”
Although he won’t be in uniform, Richardson will be there to support his teammates.
“It’s always a honor to be in the Conference Championship,” he said. “We have been putting in alot of work for this moment. We just need to seal the deal now.”
Despite being friends off the field, Berry is all business when it comes to Sunday’s game.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a brother, of course, but as of right now, he’s standing in the way of something I want.”