Eagles fumble chance at win against A-W
Mistakes were the difference Oct. 2 as the Mercer County Golden Eagles fell to the state-ranked Annawan-Wethersfield Titans. It was A-W's Kewanee homecoming game.
Despite losing 35-6, the Eagles totaled more than 300 yards of offense, only about 80 less than the Titans. First downs were also nearly even. Four interceptions and three fumbles led to the Eagles' defeat, however. A-W turned five of those turnovers into scores.
Problems started early for Mercer County, with a fumble and an interception stopping two drives in their tracks on a chilly night at Wethersfield. The Titans led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
A-W scored again less than a minute into the second quarter, but the Eagles were driving, with a chance to get back to within one score. The Titans' interception of a Spencer Wood pass was returned to the Eagles 18-yard line and A-W scored again with 2:54 left in the half, making the score 21-0.
Mercer County's defense stepped up on the last play of the half. An interception at the goal line kept the Eagles with three scores.
Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, more fumbles, interceptions and sacks of Spencer kept Mercer County out of the end zone. Quinton King scored on a long run late in the game to give the Eagles their only score.
The road to the playoffs is straightforward, if not easy, for the Eagles. Mercer County, now 2-4, must win the rest of its games to remain in contention. The Eagles travel to Cambridge Friday, Oct. 9, for a 7 p.m. contest against Ridgewood. The West Central Heat visit George Pratt Memorial Field Oct. 16, with the tough United Red Storm here Oct. 23.
If the Eagles finish at 5-4, they likely would have enough points to be included in the field. Points are earned based on the number of wins of opponents. With Elmwood-Brimfield having a good year, Stark County being undefeated, and Princeville and United having lost just once, Mercer County would be in good shape. In addition, Mid-County has lost only two games and Farmington is having a decent season.
However, if Mercer County finishes 4-5, there will be no playoffs this season for the Eagles.