A great football team advanced to the Class 2A State Finals Saturday, but it won't be the Mercer County Golden Eagles. Sterling Newman Catholic shut out the Golden Eagles 14-0 Saturday in Sterling.
On a bitterly cold day with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees and a stiff wind blowing the Sterling Newman defense shut down Mercer County.
The Golden Eagle offense failed to get a first down during its first three series and the game was tied 0-0 after the first quarter.
The Comets offense didn't fair much better. Golden Eagle Chris Neeld picked off a A.J. Sharp pass to end one Comet drive.
The Comets broke the tie with a 15-play 47-yard drive early in the second period. Jake Snow scored on a four yard run with 8:12 remaining in the second quarter. The Comets completed the two point conversion when A.J. Sharp completed the conversion pass to Mac Olson. The Comets led 8-0.
The Golden Eagles offense continued to struggle in the second period and their final possession of the second quarter ended when Nate Terveer picked off a Spencer Wood pass.
Sterling Newman led 8-0 at the half.
The Sterling Newman offense started rolling to start the second half even picking up a first down on a fake punt.
The Golden Eagle defense answered back forcing a fumble which Bobby Lincoln recovered.
Unfortunately The Golden Eagle possession lasted only four plays before the Comets forced a turnover.
The Comets took over on their own 48 yard line and drove 52 yards in 17 plays scoring on a one yard run by Dillan Hefflfinger. The Comets led 14-0 with 10:22 in the fourth quarter.
Down 14 points the Golden Eagles offense picked up a 52 yard run by Chris Neeld.
The Golden Eagles offense stalled here with Tyson Russell falling just short on a fourth down-a-two-run.
The Comets took over with 7:48 remaining inn the game and were able to run the clock out with their steady ground game.
Mercer County's season ended with an 11-1 record.