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Bears fall to Wofford in Homecoming game

Mercer Football lost its Homecoming game to Wofford with a final score of 41-7.

As the last home game of the season, Nov. 9 was also senior day, where the team honored 17 seniors in a presentation on the field before kickoff.

Some of the notable seniors this year were Dorian Kithcart and Destin Guillen. Kithcart was one of the three Mercer players to be named CoSIDA Academic All-district and had a total of 13 solo tackles this season. Guillen started on the defensive line and recorded 7 solo tackles so far this season. 

With a stadium full of people and a temperature of 45 degrees, the team came out with energy, ready to play in front of the 10,729 people who were in attendance.

The one touchdown of the game was a 3-yard pass from Kaelan Riley, caught by tight end Chase Westfall late in the second quarter. Westfall has recorded 20 receiving yards this season.

However, the offense could not hold up to Wofford’s defense and Mercer had its lowest offensive output in the Southern Conference since 2014 according to Mercer Athletics.

The defense tried to hold strong against the Bulldog offense with Eric Jackson gaining 12 tackles in this game. He holds 262 tackles in his career and is ranked in the top 15 nationally among all active FCS players according to Mercer Athletics.

Mercer has yet to win against the No. 23 team since its revival in 2014.

The Bears still have a few games left in their season. Their schedule can be found on the Mercer Athletics website.

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