By Abe Avila, Staff Writer—
This weekend Mocs football beat Mercer 34-17 giving the Mocs yet another in conference win and keeping them undefeated in the Southern Conference.
The Bears took the opening drive in for a touchdown on Robert Riddle’s 14-yard connection with Steven Peterson. At the end of the first quarter the Mocs trailed 14-7.
The Chattanooga defense played stellar in the contest preventing the bears from seeing the end zone after the first quarter.
Colin Brewer, Chattanooga, pinned the Bears at their own 10-yard line which was followed by a forced fumble by sophomore linebacker Ty Boeck, Soddy Daisy, Tenn. Senior Nick Tiano, Chattanooga, found junior Bryce Nunnelly, Cleveland, Tenn., in the corner of the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. Mercer responded with a 98 yard kickoff return, but after that it was all Chattanooga.
Sophomore running back Ailym Ford, Florence, S.C., ran for an eight yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 all. Junior kicker Victor Ulmo gave the Mocs the lead at the end of the second. Mercer moved the ball -3 yards total on seven plays in the second quarter.
“They had a solid first drive and we made a few mistakes,” Boeck said. “After that, we really capitalized. Our D-line started playing out of their minds. They are capable of that and we knew that going into this game. It is the way our coaches prepared us all week. We knew we were going to have a good game, especially the way we played in practice.”
In the opening drive of the second half, Tiano found senior Chris James to make the lead 24-10. Mercer managed a field goal to open fourth-quarter play. But Tiano’s a 11-yard touchdown scramble to his right ended the scoring in a 34-17 game.
“It is huge for us,” Tiano said on the conference victory. “To win last week and then for us to come down here and get a win going into the bye gives us a lot of confidence. The ability to rest up and just attack this final stretch of the season. It’s all league games and we need to win them all. To come down and get this on the road is huge for us.”
Head Coach Rusty Wright had praise for his team after they added another win to their undefeated SoCon record.
“It was fun to watch, it was fun to be on that sideline,” Wright said. ”I get upset because I don’t see us reaching our potential every snap and that is the thing, but they know I love them. We hadn’t won down here since 1929, so it is friggin’ awesome to come down here and win. Any time you go on the road in the Southern Conference and get a win, it is all good.”
Next up the Mocs will play host to ETSU on Thursday October 17th at 7:00PM