Stark County shuts out Mercer County

Robert Blackford/Editor
Mercer County quarterback Tanner Matlick breaks free from containment to pick up some yards for the Golden Eagles.

The Mercer County Golden Eagles season came to an end Saturday afternoon as they were shut out by Stark County 7-0.

The Golden Eagles finished the season at 11-1 while Stark County improved to 10-2 and will advance to the 2A semi finals.

The lone score in the game came on a quarterback keeper that Stark County apparently pushed across the goal line on a fourth down and goal play from the Golden Eagle one yard line.

The Golden Eagles put together an 18 play drive to open the game. The drive was married by four penalties and ended at the Stark County 19 yard line.

The drive was the first of three 10 plus play drives the Golden Eagles put together in the first half only to come up empty on the score board.

Stark County's offense couldn't put together a drive in the first half and threescore was tied at 0-0 at the half.

The Rebels put together an 11 play drive to start the second half but were stopped when Zach Nelson picked off a Justin Kohler pass.

The key play in the game came late in the third quarter when the Golden Eagle offense coughed up the football deep in their own territory giving Stark County a first and goal at the Mercer County 10 yard line.

Four plays later the Rebels scored with 8.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter.