By I.C. Murrell

LITTLE ROCK — Just as Dollarway coach Ellis Berry made his way to the exit of the Barton Coliseum media room, he stopped to make one more statement:

“This might be it for me,” Berry said with a half-smile on his face.

Berry, who has been the Cardinals’ head coach since 1991, said the 54-50 loss to Pottsville just moments earlier had no effect on his decision to ponder retirement.

“I’m going to think about it over spring break and the rest of the year,” he said.

Asked what led him to think about retiring, he thought about it for a few seconds before saying: “That’s it.”

“I’m not 100 percent,” he said. “Like I told (the team) in the locker room, I’m going to give it a long, hard look.”

Berry has worked in the Dollarway School District since 1975 as a football and basketball coach on the junior high and high school levels. Thursday’s game was Berry’s third appearance in a state championship. He lost in his first try in 1996 to Hamburg and in 2006 won his only title over Little Rock Christian.

He said he’s not sure what will be the deciding factor in whether to return.

“It’s just something I need to figure out for myself.”