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Bears drop season opener after late-game field goal

Bears drop season opener after late-game field goal

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

  In three outings, Mercer football has lost to The Citadel three times by a combined total of five points. The Bears (0-1, 0-1) dropped their season opener Thursday to No. 15 The Citadel (1-0, 1-0) 24-23 after the Bulldogs’ Cody Clark kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:20 remaining. The score ...

Bax Trax: 3 keys to Mercer’s season opener

Bax Trax: 3 keys to Mercer’s season opener

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

The Mercer Bears are set to kick off their season against last year's co-league champions the Citadel Bulldogs. Coming off a 5-6 season (2-5 in conference) Mercer will be looking to chase after its own SoCon title. Here are the keys to the game against the Bulldogs. 1.Will there be any rust? ...

Mercer football ‘Day Ones’ enter final season

Mercer football ‘Day Ones’ enter final season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

September 1, 2016


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

It’s fall of 2012, and 119 Mercer students congregate on a field. Without any official place to dress, they put on their jerseys and gear in the end zone, very unfamiliar with any of the other people around them they would soon call teammates — brothers, even. On this first day of practice...

‘Bax Trax’: Are you ready for some football?

‘Bax Trax’: Are you ready for some football?

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

August 22, 2016


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

  Football is ready to kickoff at Mercer on Sept. 1, as the Bears embark on a quest for their first Southern Conference (SoCon) title. For the first time since the program was restarted in 2013, the Bears will have their first true senior class. A big group of key guys who helped build the ...

Russ looking to go out on top

Russ looking to go out on top

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

  John Russ handed the ball off and his running back pitched it back to him. He cocked his arm and fired a deep ball towards the end zone. The stadium held its collective breath as receiver J.T Palmer laid out for the ball in the middle of double coverage. Russ threw his arms skyward as the...

Curtis feeling 100 percent going into season

Curtis feeling 100 percent going into season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

  Mercer football has had only one FCS All-American in the program’s history, and his name is Chandler Curtis. The junior wide receiver from Calhoun jumped into the national spotlight two years ago as a freshman, earning Third-Team All-America recognition after a campaign in which he produced...

New quarterback leaves Mercer football team

New quarterback leaves Mercer football team

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under Breaking, Football, Showcase, Sports

Johnny McCrary, the graduate transfer from Vanderbilt, has left the Mercer football program after transferring to university in the offseason. McCrary was set to be one of backup quarterbacks behind John Russ heading into the season. Russ has started every game for the Bears since the program wa...

‘The Ruling’: Projecting Mercer football’s season

‘The Ruling’: Projecting Mercer football’s season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

August 18, 2016


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

  As John Russ took a knee, it was as if Mercer football’s prayers had finally been answered. The disappointment of so many close games -- losses of five, three, two, one, three and two over two seasons -- was finally forgotten for one night: Nov. 7. On a brisk Saturday night in Five Star Stadi...

Mercer Maniac president knows saying goodbye won’t be easy

Mercer Maniac president knows saying goodbye won’t be easy

Katie Atkinson, Staff Writer

February 11, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Football, Soccer, Softball, Sports, Tennis, Uncategorized

After his very last basketball game, a high school-aged Thomas Norton couldn’t bring himself to walk away at first. He sat in a corner of the locker room alone, holding onto his things and not yet ready to leave. He hesitated even when his father came to retrieve him. Years later, he’s ...

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Top five Mercer sports moments of the fall semester

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

January 30, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Sports

5. Jama runs away from competition for Julius Johnson Invitational win Men’s cross country runner Ahmed Jama took the reigns as a freshman for Mercer last semester, leading the Bears in all five of the team’s races -- but that doesn’t tell the whole story for the Woodstock, Georgia, native. ...

Jake Flath: The newest — and youngest — kid on the block

Jake Flath: The newest — and youngest — kid on the block

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

January 30, 2016


Filed under Football, Player Spotlight, Sports

Everyone who went to college remembers the feeling of that first day on campus. Most likely leaving home for the first time, the new college student enters an unknown environment with new faces and places to discover. Although, that new student is not alone -- hundreds or even thousands of other peop...

Five Star Stadium: More than just the Bears’ den

Five Star Stadium: More than just the Bears’ den

Hayes Rule, Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

It’s Saturday in the fall. The scoreboard at Five Star Stadium is illuminated. Football players fill the field, and hectic fans dominate the stands. The description depicts the expected scene at a Mercer football game. But think again. The Mercer Bears football team is nowhere to be found. It’s ...

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