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Thursday, Dec 2, 2021

Bears take a win against The Citadel on the road

<p>Fred Davis (#5 ) holds up the ball after running into the endzone for a, game-tying, touchdown in the second quarter. Davis would add another touchdown on the game and end with 88 rushing yards.</p>

Fred Davis (#5 ) holds up the ball after running into the endzone for a, game-tying, touchdown in the second quarter. Davis would add another touchdown on the game and end with 88 rushing yards.

Mercer football hit the road Saturday to take on The Citadel Bulldogs and came home with another win. The final score of the matchup was 34-7.

Just toward the end of the first quarter, Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Cherry fired a 48-yard pass to Jaylan Adams, making the score 7-0. The Bears answered in the second quarter when receiver Devron Harper returned a punt for 52 yards and set Mercer up on the goal line. Fred Davis finished the job with a 1-yard touchdown rush, tying the game.

Mercer was quick to strike again after defender Ken Standley recovered a fumble inside the Bulldogs’ side of the 50-yard line. Four plays later, Davis ran into the end zone yet again.

The Bears headed into the second half leading 14-7.

In the third quarter, Devin Folser kicked a 24-yard field goal, extending the Bears' lead. Folser kicked another field goal for 20 yards in the fourth quarter. Lance Wise then intercepted a pass from Cherry on The Citadel's very next drive and returned it to the Mercer end zone.

When the Bulldogs got the ball back, the Mercer defense stopped them short on fourth down. Tayshaun Shipp went on to put the win on ice, taking a 72-yard rush to the house and making the final score 34-7.

Mercer quarterback Fred Payton ended the day going 9-16 in the air for 104 yards and an interception. Running backs Davis and Shipp paced the Bears on the ground with 88 yards and 72 yards rushing respectively. The rushing performance continues a solid season for Davis in the backfield, who broke multiple Mercer records earlier this year.

With this win, the Bears improved their overall record to 6-2 and swept all the South Carolina schools they faced: Wofford, Furman, and The Citadel. After a bye this week, Mercer will face UT Chattanooga for their homecoming game Nov. 13.


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