Life goes on for Berry and family

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A person's house is their home. It's where they hang their hat, make memories and lay their head down at night.

The Berry family saw their lives change recently when they returned to a house in ashes. Luckily, no one in the family was hurt, including their blue-tick hound dog.

"My neighbor broke in and got my dog," Elliott Berry told InsideTennessee. "Stuff happens and sometimes it happens to you. You've just got to worry about the things that you can control.

"It was an electrical fire. There was a flood light in the back yard. We were getting some remodeling done. I think they took the light loose, and they left the wires out. The light was dangling from the wires and it caught and it went up the wall."

The twins and their parents were at a junior varsity football game at Creekside (Ga.) High School. Though the true blessing is no one was hurt, losing a home still stings.

"I think it was more sentimental than anything," Berry said. "I'm not really worried about the possessions that I lost. It's more so the memories, like I got my first whoopin' in that house. You know what I mean? It's just those types of things. I'm not worried about material things because all that stuff can be replaced. It's just more so the memories."

The saga of losing their home wasn't enough to bring the Berry family's life to a complete halt. They tripped up to Tennessee to see the Big Orange compete against Georgia.

"I don't think I've ever seen it like that, even when my brother was playing," Berry said. "This was probably the livest it's ever been at Neyland Stadium. I felt like I was playing. Really exciting."

The Volunteers were merely seconds away from upsetting the then-No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs before losing 34-31 in overtime.

Elliott Berry gave the atmosphere for Georgia-Tennessee at Neyland Stadium heavy praise.
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"I think it's real tough, but I think it did a lot more for their confidence," said Berry, who lives in Fairburn, Ga. "It looks like they're playing a lot better, a lot faster, more physical. I think it did a lot for their confidence. It's kind of a catch-22.

"Any time a team that's not ranked competes with a team that's in the top 10, it's eye-catching. Just for me as a recruit it's kind of a big eye-opener."

The 5-foot-11 1/2, 185-pounder, whose twin brother Evan Berry is also being recruited by the Big Orange, said he doesn't have a list of favorites or a declaration timeline.

"No, I'm not really sure," Elliot Berry said. "Everything is pretty much the same."

A new coaching staff at Creekside has the Seminoles riding high beating GHSA Region 4B-AAAAA foe Northgate 41-13 on Friday to improve to 7-0. That contest included a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by Evan Berry.

"It's a huge difference," Elliott Berry said about this season, noting that he only plays offense sparingly.

Linebackers coach Tommy Thipgen is now Tennessee's lead recruiter for the Berry brothers. He was at the Creekside-Northgate game.

Plans are to have the twins back on Rocky Top for a game soon, although they didn't know which Southeastern Conference matchup would be next for them.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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