NEWS

Eagles lose opener, 36-12

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Elmwood-Brimfield's size, especially on the offensive line, proved to be too much for Mercer County Aug. 28 as the Golden Eagles lost their season opener in Peoria County, 36-12.

The Trojans jumped off to an early lead, less than two minutes into the game. A low snap by the Eagles led to a blocked punt and an E-B touchdown with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter.

Still in the first quarter, Mercer County quarterback Spencer Wood was brought down in his own end zone for a safety and the Trojans had a 9-0 lead.

The Eagles got back into the game in the second quarter when Wood scampered 56 yards on a quarterback draw. The two-point conversion failed, but Mercer County seemed to have slowed E-B's momentum, trailing just 16-6.

The dagger to the heart came late in the half when Elmwood-Brimfield faked a punt on fourth down and kept the ball with a first down with only 2:08 left in the half. A Trojans' touchdown with 9.9 seconds left and another successful PAT kick left Mercer County down at the half, 23-6.

While only outscored 13-6 in the second half, the Eagles could not stop E-B's running game as the Prairieland team picked up consistent five- to six-yard gains on plays up the middle.

Wood threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Ashton Klingaman in the third quarter for Mercer County's final score of the game.

The Golden Eagles play their home opener Friday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. The Farmington Farmers will provide the opposition at George Pratt Memorial Field. Farmington, another Prairieland Conference team, lost its opener, 20-14, to the highly regarded Annawan-Wethersfield LTC squad.

In other area scores, Rockridge lost to Sterling Newman Catholic, 63-13; Sherrard took it on the chin, 63-13, against Orion, and United downed Abingdon-Avon, 30-14.