Eagles show they can take the Heat, win 67-8
The Mercer County Golden Eagles continued their playoff push Friday (Oct. 16) with a 67-8 trouncing of the West Central Heat. The Eagles are 4-4 on the season and need to beat United Oct. 23 to qualify for the playoffs.
This game belonged to the Eagles literally from the first play. Quinton King returned the opening kick off for a touchdown and Mercer County was never headed.
Behind King's four first quarter touchdowns, the Eagles led 34-0 at the end of the first stanza. Ashton Klingaman scored the only other Mercer County touchdown of the quarter, catching a seven-yard pass from Spencer Wood. Colten Wall kicked four point after conversions.
Mercer County never let up on the accelerator in the second quarter. King scored his fifth touchdown of the game and Wood, Justin Carey and Maden Tacey, who returned an interception for 32 yards, also scored in the quarter and the Golden Eagles led at halftime, 61-0.
With a running clock and Mercer County reserves in the game, there was little scoring in the second half. Evan Terrill ran for 23 yards with 3:53 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 67-0.
Zach Vancil threw a halfback pass to Luke Arnold for a 29-yard touchdown for the Heat with 9:30 left in the game, making the final 67-8.
There were plenty of smiles during the game on a relaxed Mercer County sideline. Coach Nat Zunkel was pleased with his team's performance.
"It feels good, way to go," Zunkel told his team after the game. "You've got an opportunity, a big opportunity (to make the playoffs). You've got to take advantage of it."
"It feels very good to have a start like that," the coach told a reporter, "and to be on point. … We played a perfect game tonight."
After an up-and-down season that included big losses to Stark County and Annawan-Wethersfield and a 2-4 record at one point, Zunkel was happy with where his team is going into the Senior Night game against United.
"Under the circumstances, this is as good as we could have hoped for," he said.