Bears get first SoCon win, upset No. 3 Chattanooga


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Justin Baxley , Sports Editor

It all came together. It wasn’t perfect, but it finally came together.

John Russ threw his first interception of the season. Jagger Lieb missed a 32-yard field goal. The Bears allowed Jacob Huesman to run for over 100 yards and 197 passing yards. The Bears were not perfect on this night, but they did enough to upset No. 3 Chattanooga.

“This game puts us on the map,”  Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb said in post game interview with 97.3 The Bull ICONS.”These guys just believed. It’s a joy to coach them every game,”

The Bears scored first in the game on a one yard sneak by Russ. Chattanooga answered back early in the second quarter on a quarterback run of their own. Huesman ran it in from 7 yards out.

The Bears went up 10-7 as Lieb drilled a 19-yard field goal. The Mocs had the chance to tie the game at the end of the half as Henrique Ribeiro missed a 36-yard field goal. It was a mistake that would comeback to bite the Mocs.

Coming out of the half the Bears scored first on a 64-yard touchdown from Russ to Jimmie Robinson.

The Bears defense held the Mocs to no points on the goal line stand late in the third quarter. At the start of the fourth quarter Huesman would punch it in from the one yard line to close the gap to 17-14.

The Bears defense held for the last 12 minutes without allowing another point. Zach Jackson intercepted Huesman with 3:57 left in the game. Russ sealed the game with a fourth down conversion with 1:58  remaining in the game to pull the upset of the number three team in the country.

“Our players were engaged in the game because our fans were engaged in the game,” Lamb said. “Any time you get that, you have a great atmosphere you have a great opportunity to pull something like this off,”