Golden Eagles fall in opener to Trojans

Robert Blackford/Editor
Mercer County Golden Eagle quarterback Spencer Wood scrambles ahead for yardage against Elmwood-Brimfield Friday.

The Mercer County Golden Eagle football team lost the team's home opener 28-0 to Elmwood-Brimfield. The game was delayed an hour due to lightning and played in wet conditions.

Following a scoreless first half the Trojans put 21 points on the board in the third period to put the game out of reach.

On the opening drive of the third quarter the Golden Eagle offense stalled near midfield giving the Trojans excellent field position at their own 46 yard line.

The Trojans drove 46 yards on nine plays scoring on a 10 yard run by Layne Wyatt. It was the first of Wyatt's three touchdowns on the evening. The Trojans led 7-0 with 7:47 remaining in the third period.

The Trojans defense held on the next drive forcing a punt. A bad snap on the punt gave the Trojans the ball at the Mercer County four yard line. McCoy Donovan scored two plays later on a one yard run at the 5:07 mark and the Trojans led 13-0.

Things started to snowball from there for the Golden Eagles.

There were several dropped passes on the night by the Golden Eagle receviersand another bad snap gave the Trojans excellent field position once again at the Golden Eagle 40 yard line. Seven plays later Elmwood-Brimfield scored again on a four yard run by Layne Wyatt and the Trojans led 20-0.

"It wasn't any one thing," said Golden Eagle head coach Nat Zunkel. "They (Elmwood-Brimfield) are a very sound team. "All of it is fixable. We really beat ourselves tonight."

The game started with a defensive stop by the Golden Eagles. They allowed the Trojans to drive down the field but stopped the Trojan drive at the one yard line.

The Golden Eagle offense went to work on its first drive from their own one yard line. Mercer County drove down 89 yards on 22 plays to the Trojans 10 yard line. The Trojans stopped the Golden Eagles on the 24th play of the drive at the 17 yard line.

Chase Nelson came up with a fumble recovery early in the second quarter as the Golden Eagles fought to stay in the game. The three Golden Eagle offensive drives in the first half included starts at their own one and seven yard lines.