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The Ruling: Running through the fourth with my woes

The Ruling: Running through the fourth with my woes

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

September 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Mercer entered Saturday off arguably its best performance since re-establishment. Sure, it was a loss. But it was a pretty dang good loss. It was expected that performance would kickstart a run through Southern Conference play that could, potentially, result in a conference championship. In last ...

Mercer football’s captains leading by example on the field

Mercer football’s captains leading by example on the field

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

September 29, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Before the season, Head Coach Bobby Lamb announced the team’s four captains: Thomas Marchman, Lee Bennett, LeMarkus Bailey and Isaiah Buehler. The captains were selected by their teammates, and they’re expected to be leaders both on and off the field. All of them are first-time captains. "B...

“Legion of Chaos’” turnover focus pays off against Auburn

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

September 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Multimedia, Sports, Video

Every Sunday, the Mercer Bears defense goes through a “turnover circuit.” It’s a drill where the defense works on takeaways and what happens afterwards. The drill translated well to the field last Saturday when the Bears forced five turnovers against the #15 ranked Auburn Tigers. The Bears lost 2...

The Ruling: Tip of the cap to you, Mercer football

The Ruling: Tip of the cap to you, Mercer football

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

September 19, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Six years ago, Mercer didn’t have a football program. Saturday, it trailed the No. 15-ranked FBS team in the country by only seven points midway through the fourth quarter. Mercer fell to Auburn 24-10 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, an eye-opening performance for many that was highlighted by five forc...

Atlanta Falcons 2017 season preview

Atlanta Falcons 2017 season preview

K.J. Lemoine, Contributing Writer

September 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

The new school year has fully kicked into gear. While it may be depressing that it means the end of a relaxing summer of beach days and sleeping in, there is one thing that brings excitement: NFL football is here. The Atlanta Falcons had an amazing run in 2016 going 11-5 and making Super Bowl LI. That...

The Ruling: Why does this keep happening?

The Ruling: Why does this keep happening?

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

September 13, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

As I sat in the press box Saturday afternoon battling the setting sun in my eyes, I couldn’t help but think: “Oh, no, not again.” This is my third season covering Mercer football. I’ve loved every minute of it. But Saturday felt like I was Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog’s Day.” I’...

Bears prepare for conference play against #10 Wofford

Bears prepare for conference play against #10 Wofford

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

September 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

The Bears open conference play this week against Wofford after a dominant performance in their season opening win against Jacksonville, 48-7. Bears fans can expect a much stiffer contest on Saturday. Wofford ranks 10th in the nation among mid-major schools and was picked as the SoCon preseason favorite...

‘The Ruling’: Riley shines in first career start

‘The Ruling’: Riley shines in first career start

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

September 1, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase

A three-man quarterback battle stole the headlines preseason for the Mercer Bears, and now the quarterback who won that competition is making sure we remember his name. Redshirt freshman Kaelan Riley took his first collegiate snap Thursday and totaled five touchdowns in Mercer’s 48-7 rout of Jacksonville. The Bears controlled the game from the start.

Mercer Sports: The Cluster Roundup

Mercer Sports: The Cluster Roundup

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

August 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Soccer, Sports

Men’s Soccer The men’s soccer team fell in their first game to Georgia State 0-2 and their second match to the South Carolina Gamecocks 1-2. On Sept.1, the team will be hosting the Big South/ Socon Challenge at Bear Field where they will play against teams like Gardner-Webb, Wofford and Winthro...

Bears amid three-man quarterback battle as they look to replace large senior class

Bears amid three-man quarterback battle as they look to replace large senior class

August 22, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

There has only been one starting quarterback since the program was re-established: John Russ. With Russ having graduated, there will be a new sheriff at the helm in the fall, but Lamb has not decided who that quarterback will be yet. “Right now, it’s a three-headed race,” Lamb said. “We’re not close to a decision. We’re going to let this thing play out.” Lamb said the decision will be made a week before the team’s first game on Aug. 24.

Former Academic All-American running back Tee Mitchell returns to team after suspension

Former Academic All-American running back Tee Mitchell returns to team after suspension

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

August 18, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Proving himself and regaining the coaches’ trust was something Mitchell said he had to do after his suspension. After questioning his future for several months, Mitchell declined a transfer offer from Iowa State and decided to re-devote himself to playing football as a Mercer Bear. “Around November, I got my head back on straight, and I was like, ‘Hey, I have a football season coming up. I can either fall off by the wayside and not do anything, or I can try to make the most of this time while I’m away,’” Mitchell said.

Top-rated recruiting class spells strong future for Mercer Football

Top-rated recruiting class spells strong future for Mercer Football

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

February 23, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

National Signing Day came and went Feb. 1. Teams across the country were flooded with national letters of intent from prospective athletes who represent the future of programs. Mercer made a splash this year turning in the top-rated recruiting class in the Southern Conference. The number one-rated recruiting class is als...

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