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“1-0” is the mantra for Bears football from here on out

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

October 17, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

The Mercer Bears’ mantra since losing to East Tennessee State University four weeks ago has been “1-0,” meaning win each week without thinking of any other game. The Bears (4-3) have gone 1-0 three times in a row since then, winning three straight after a 30-10 win over Chattanooga last week. ...

The Ruling: Defense continues to steal the show

The Ruling: Defense continues to steal the show

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

October 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Last Saturday, Mercer accomplished something it hasn’t done since 1931: a win over The Citadel. And it’s not like the Bulldogs are a pushover. The Citadel entered the game ranked No. 17 in the FCS and as the reigning Southern Conference champion. The Bears not only defeated the Bulldogs 24-1...

The Ruling: Aggressive play-calling comes up big

The Ruling: Aggressive play-calling comes up big

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

October 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

They say it’s not about how you start but how you finish. Or, I guess in Mercer’s case, how you play in the second quarter. The Bears ended their three-game losing streak Saturday with a 49-14 win over Virginia Military Institute, accumulating a season-high 575 yards on offense and allowing only 225 ...

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.

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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...

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