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Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022

Bears on a hot streak after securing third win in a row against Wofford

<p>Quarterback Fred Payton (#4), runs the ball down the middle of the Wofford defense. Payton rushed for 27 yards and threw for 330 yards with an 83% completion rate. The Bears defeated the Terriers 42-7 to claim their third win in a row. Photo by Abby Sugg. </p>

Quarterback Fred Payton (#4), runs the ball down the middle of the Wofford defense. Payton rushed for 27 yards and threw for 330 yards with an 83% completion rate. The Bears defeated the Terriers 42-7 to claim their third win in a row. Photo by Abby Sugg.

The football team traveled to Spartanburg, South Carolina over the weekend and defeated the Wofford Terriers 42-7, and brought home their third consecutive win. 

In the first quarter, Devron Harper '23 went on an 8-yard run into the endzone and put the Bears on the board with an extra point from Devin Folser '23. On Mercer’s next possession, Al Wooten II '25 ran the ball 1-yard for a touchdown and the Bears led 14-0. In the second quarter, the Bears would not meet the endzone until the last 40 seconds when Austin Douglas '25 ran the ball 5-yards and the Bears went into the half up 21-0 on the Terriers.  

Mercer came out hot at the start of the second half and Fred Payton '23 threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Harper. When Wofford got the ball back, TJ Moore '25 intercepted a pass and the Bears took over the field again. With 5:53 to go in the third quarter, Payton connected with Harper again for a 62-yard touchdown. Wofford scored their only touchdown of the night at the end of the third quarter and it was 35-7 going into the fourth.

The Bears scored one more time when Brandon Marshall '25 ran the ball 41-yards into the endzone, finalizing the 42-7 win over the Terriers. 

Payton completed 20 of his 24 passes and threw for 330 yards. Harper had seven receptions and 126 receiving yards with three touchdowns for the night. The Bears' offense had a total of 554 yards and the defense held the Terriers to 221 yards. 

Moore and Juwan Johnson '26 each had an interception in the game and both have two for the season so far. Michael Campbell, a graduate student, led the defense with 11 tackles, six of which were solo. 

This win put the Bears at 4-1 for the season and 2-0 in the conference. The Bears will be back at Five Star Stadium this Saturday as they take on Western Carolina University and will attempt to win their fourth game in a row.


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