The Pirates dug a hole Friday on the road and spent the entire second half fighting to get back out of it.
They nearly did, but came up a little short, as they lost to Eminence, 30-20.
Eminence (5-0) led 24-0 at halftime before Berea (1-4) picked up a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-14.
Hunter Wilson scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards and Darius Whitaker converted a 2-point conversion to trim the lead to 10 points.
After Eminence made it 30-14, Wilson picked up his third score on a 45-yard run to make it 30-20.
“We played a good ball game,” Berea coach Adam Coleman said. “Defensively we played our gameplan just as well as we could have played it. We went into the half down 24-0 and we could have very easily laid down, but we didn’t. We fought back and made a game of it all the way to last minute. I’m really proud of how we fought back.”
Berea shot itself in the foot, turning the ball over several times, including twice at the goal line, Coleman said.
They also blocked a punt in the end zone, but Eminence recovered and took the ball out to the 30-yard line.
Eminence quarterback Bradley Foree scored on a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs. Foree completed a 20-yard scoring pass to Brandon Mitchell and Mitchell returned an interception 35 yards for a score.
The Pirates had the ball late, but couldn’t punch the ball in the end zone.
“We were running out of time and running out of timeouts,” Coleman said. “We tried to get the ball in the end zone and ran out of time.”
Berea next plays on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at home against Paris.