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Golden Eagles blast United 46-6

Robert Blackford/Editor
Cameron Muske sacks United Quarterback Christian Schrader Friday night.

The Mercer County Golden Eagle improved to 4-0 on the season by beating the United Red Storm, 46-6 Friday, Sept. 17.

The Golden Eagles amassed 400 yards of offense on the night.

"We were dominated in every phase of the game," said United coach Tim Engebretson after the contest. "It's back to the drawing board for us. There are no positives we can take after this game."

"It was a nice improvement for us tonight," said Mercer County head coach Nat Zunkel after the contest. "This is a nice victory for us tonight. We played well tonight but we are not where we need to be."

The Golden Eagles marched down the field 65 yards on the team's first drive. Austin Skiles scored on a 28 yard run with 8:81 remaining in the contest.

A United interception on Mercer County's next drive by Christian Schrader kept the Golden Eagles out of the endzone for a little while but not for long.

Golden Eagle Chris Hedrick came up with one of his three fumble recoveries to give Mercer County the ball at the United 23 yard line.

Zunkel said, "Chris has grown so much physically and mentally the last couple of years. I'm pround of the young man."

Tanner Matlick connected with Skiles for a 23-yard touchdown pass immediately afterward and Mercer County led 12-0.

The Golden Eagles scored again early in the second quarter on Matlick's eight yard run and Mercer County went up 20-0 with 9:27 remaining.

Red Storm quarterback Christian Schrader just missed a wide open receiver behind the Mercer County defense on fourth down and two.

Mercer County turned it around as Michael McClellan picked up 59 yard on the next play down to the United four yard line.

Skiles scored on a two-yard run to give Mercer County a 28-0 lead with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter.

Chris Hedrick recovered another United fumble to give Mercer Count good field position at the United 30 yard line. Matlick handled the scoring duties himself going in from one yard out.

Mercer County led 34-0 at the half.

In the opening possession of the second half the Red Storm marched 65 yards down the field and scored on a two yard run by Nick Hull. Geoffrey Hahn had a 49-yard run on the drive.

"They (United) are a good ball club. They are well-coached. They are real effective in what they do. Defenseively we started with their fullback and worked from there. Their full back gained a lot more yardage against us last year than he did this year," said Zunkel.

Mercer County answered back going 80 yards on four plays in 1:02. Skiles had a 30-yard run during the drive and Matlick had a 35-yard run during the drive before McClellan pushed the ball into the endzone on a six-yard run.

After Hedrick came up with his third fumble of the night on United's next drive Mercer County pushed it in again on a 10 yard run from Matlick.

Zunkel added, "Our inside lineman did a nice job for us Chris Hedrick, Tanner Dunn and Landon McIntosh all played well.  This only Landon's fourth game playing nose tackle. They are going to get better."

Engebretson said, "Next week we are going to have to do some positive things early and hope to build on that."

Engebretson said, "After watching Stark County I didn't think anybody in the conference could touch them that they were elite. Now I think it will be a good game between these two teams."

Skiles led the Golden Eagles in rushing with 122 yard one touchdown. Tanner Matlick picked up 82 yards one three touchdowns. Michael McClellan had 76 yards and one touchdown. Derrick Morford added 39 yards on seven carries.

Matlick completed four of the five passes he attempted for 58 yards and one touchdown.

Nick Hull had 60 yard rushing on 14 attempts for United while Geoffrey Hahn had 85 yards on nine rushes.