Mercer County beats North Fulton, 40-15

Staff reports

The Mercer County Golden Eagles answered North Fulton's first quarter touchdown with the game's next 33 points in beating the Wildcats 40-15 Friday night, Oct. 2. The winners improve to 5-1 overall while the loss drops coach Elliott Craig's club to 2-4.

After stopping Mercer County on its first possession, the Wildcats went 51-yards in eight plays for the game's first points. Jimmy Adams and John Davis IV had positive yards on running plays but the bulk of the yards were earned on a pair of passes from Beriah Quick to Travis Windsor. The second pass accounted for the TD at the 5:59 mark and after Davis IV booted the PAT, the Wildcats led 7-0.

The Golden Eagles finally got its offense going in the second quarter.

A 75-yard, eight-play drive was capped off by an eight-yard run from Ethan Ball. Luke Boucher added the PAT to tie the game.

Three downs and a punt later, the Golden Eagles were in scoring position again, starting this drive at their own 47-yard line. Quarterback Brett

Anderson completed key passes to Ball and to Tanner Benson in the drive before Ball accounted for the TD on a one-yard run at the 3:10. The missed PAT left the visitors ahead 13-7.

Coach Nat Zunkel's club needed just two plays for its next TD which, at first was waved off by the officials.

But after conferring, an Anderson to Benson 62-yard TD held up, which gave the eventual winners a 19-7 lead at intermission.

"I never really got an explanation on the call," said North Fulton's Craig.

"At first they said Mercer County had just six players on the line of scrimmage," he said.

Mercer County accounted for the game's only touchdown in the third quarter, putting together a 73-yard drive in just under three and half minutes.

An Anderson pass to Austin Skiles gained 22 yards before Michael McClellan accounted for the points on a two-yard run.

The visitors proved to be the first team to score in the fourth quarter. A screen pass from Anderson to Max Parkinson gained 43 yards.

Anderson finished the drive with a one-yard run.

The Wildcats scored its final TD with 9:17 left in the game after Davis' 50-yard kickoff return gave his team excellent field position.

Adams got the TD on a 15-yard run. The two-point conversion from Quick to Windsor made it a 33-15 game.

The Golden Eagles' final points came with 5:39 left on the clock when Skiles took a shovel pass from Anderson from 16 yards out for the TD.  Boucher booted the PAT for the game's final 40-15 score.

Quick completed 15 of 20 passes for 96 yards for North Fulton.

As a team, the Golden Eagles rushed for 194 yards on 33 carries.

Anderson completed 18 of 28 passes for 283 yards.