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Mercer faces a heavy loss against Alabama in its last game of the season

Kyle Mullins, Sports Editor

November 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Going into this game, no one expected Mercer to upset the number one ranked team in the country; Alabama is number one for a reason. However, Mercer fans were disappointed to see their team not put up a single point against the SEC heavyweight. Alabama made clean work of Mercer in all four quarters, ending t...

The Ruling: #WeWantBama

The Ruling: #WeWantBama

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

Alabama is about to be the sweet home of the Mercer Bears. Picture this: Mercer trails No. 1 Alabama 27-24 with six seconds remaining. The Bears have the ball on Alabama’s 42 yard line. Mercer has one shot. One opportunity. To seize everything they ever wanted. Will they capture it, or will they let i...

Mercer embraces national spotlight in season finale against Alabama

Mercer embraces national spotlight in season finale against Alabama

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

Mercer Football turns its sights to the number one team in the nation this week after closing conference play in victory last Saturday at FCS No. 22/25 Western Carolina, 35-33. The team will travel to Tuscaloosa this week to battle the FBS No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in the finale of the 2017 regular ...

The Ruling: O, where did you go?

The Ruling: O, where did you go?

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

November 10, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Three. It’s the amount of points you score for making a basket behind the arc. It’s the amount of terms FDR served. And it’s the amount of points Mercer’s offense scored Saturday. Three. It’s the least amount of points the Bears have scored in a game since the program was re-established in...

Homecoming, senior day highlight big game versus Samford

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Video

After a week of rest Mercer Football will be back on the field in a crucial battle against #8/9 Samford this Saturday. The Bears had the benefit of a bye week to address nicks and bruises and eye the ball game with new life after Samford fell to 3-2 in conference play after a loss to Chattanooga at ...

The Ruling: We’ll talk about one play

The Ruling: We’ll talk about one play

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

October 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

One play. One play stands out among the rest from Mercer’s 28-21 loss to Furman Saturday. With the game tied and five minutes remaining, Furman’s Antonio Wilcox took a handoff from Mercer’s 4 yard line. He burst forward and leapt toward the goal line. Touchdown. Or was it? As Wilcox jumped for the ...

Mercer heads into much needed bye week after loss to Furman

Mercer heads into much needed bye week after loss to Furman

Avery Braxton, Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

It was another tough week for Mercer after a 28-21 loss to Furman on Saturday that came down to the last possession of the game. The Paladins snapped the Bears three-game win streak and extended their own win streak to five games. Mercer falls to 4-4 and 3-3 in conference play. The game was back and...

The Ruling: Cinderella no more

The Ruling: Cinderella no more

Hayes Rule, Lead Writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Oh, how the tides have turned. Two years ago, Cinderella went to the ball. Now, going to the ball ain’t a big deal. Mercer was that Cinderella. The Bears earned the biggest win of the program’s re-establishment in 2015 when it upset then-No. 3 Chattanooga 17-14 at Five Star Stadium. I st...

“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 ...

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