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Bax Trax: Three things to watch for Georgia Tech

Bax Trax: Three things to watch for Georgia Tech

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

September 10, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

The Bears are set to take on their first FBS team since the program restarted in 2013. A battle for Interstate 75 is set up for Saturday as they take on in-state power Georgia Tech. Here are three things to watch if the Bears hope to pull out a historic upset. 1. Jet lag versus extra rest....

Macon-raised Tyler Ward set for final season

Macon-raised Tyler Ward set for final season

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

September 6, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Tyler Ward remembers when pine trees and natural grass occupied the space that is now Mercer football’s home. It had been nearly 65 years since the sport had been played at Mercer. Fast forward a few years, and the territory Ward looked out upon while attending a baseball camp would soon be engulfed...

Bears set to swarm Atlanta for Georgia Tech game

Bears set to swarm Atlanta  for Georgia Tech game

Katie Atkinson, News Editor

September 4, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports

Mercer University will bring the tailgate from Middle Georgia to Atlanta at the Georgia Tech football game Sept. 10. The Office of Campus Life, Mercer Athletics and the Mercer Maniacs came together to coordinate this student trip as a way to increase school spirit and the sense of community on campus. Timothy...

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 ...

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