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Monday, Oct 25, 2021

Mercer Bears kick off the 2021 football season with a 69-0 win

Mercer running back Brandon Mays (#11) bursts to the outside on a rushing play. Mays would end the day with four rushes for a total of 44 yards.
Mercer running back Brandon Mays (#11) bursts to the outside on a rushing play. Mays would end the day with four rushes for a total of 44 yards.

Football opened up their season at home against the Point University Skyhawks and did it in spectacular fashion.

Not only did the Bears dominate the scoreboard, but they gained a total of 778 yards, 539 of which were rushing. They broke the school record for total yards gained and the record for rushing yards in a game.

The Bear’s defense let up only 115 total yards and DJ McDaniel recorded an interception.

Quarterback Carter Peevy went 9-for-12, passing for 139 passing yards before being relieved by junior Dylan Fromm after the first half. Fromm went 5-for-7 passing for 46 passing yards before he too was substituted for junior Fred Peyton. Payton went 4-for-6 with 54 passing yards.

The first touchdown of the night came early in the first quarter after running back Brandon Marshall made a 4-yard run into the end zone. The second touchdown of the first quarter was a 15-yard pass from Peyton to sophomore Ethan Dirrim.

Peevy kicked off the second quarter with a 47-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ty James. Receiver Devron Harper went for a 25-yard run into the end zone for another Mercer touchdown.

Running back Fred Davis completed two back-to-back touchdowns, one a 6-yard run and the other a 2-yard run. The impressive two quarters left the bears up 42-0 at the half.

Even with the big lead, the Bears did not let up on offense.

Fromm connected with Tayshaun Shipp less than a minute into the second half, then Nakendrick Clark made a 4-yard run to end the third quarter. Tommy Pollack finished off the game with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The first was a 1-yard run and the second a 42-yard run.

Devin Folser made all 10 extra-point attempts and Caleb Dowden attempted a field goal kick in the fourth quarter, but missed right. The game ended 69-0.

The Bears head on the road next week to face the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept 11.




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