Golden Eagles crush Ridgewood
The Mercer County Golden Eagles thumped RIdgewood, 55-6 Friday night in Cambridge. It was the first game of the season for each team and The Golden Eagles didn't seem to have lost a step since winning the conference title in 2011.
"I think we did good not great," said Golden Eagle head coach Nat Zunkel. "Our first team pitched a shutout."
Maybe not great but very good. The Golden Eagles scored all seven times they has possession and the only score the defense gave up was against the reserves midway through the second half.
Senior quarterback Tanner Matlick's first pass attempt was for 40 yards and a touchdown to Tyson Nylin with 9:25 remaining in the first quarters. Matlick finished the game with 97 yard passing on five completions which included three touchdowns.
"We wanted to start out fast," said Matlick, "and I think we did that. We took advantage of their defense."
Six minutes later Matlick completed a 21 yard pass for a touchdown to Payton Holmes and Mercer County led 14-0.
With 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter Matlick hit Holmes again on a 13 yard touchdown pass and the Golden Eagles extended their lead to 21-0.
Holmes said, "Tanner made some good plays. Everybody had a pretty good night."
In the second quarter Zach Nelson punched it into the endzone from three yards out. Mercer County led 28-0. Nelson was the leading rusher on the night with 76 yards.
Holmes scored again with 7:59 remaining in the second period on a 57 yard punt return. The Golden Eagles led 34-0.
Mercer County tacked on seven more points with 17.5 seconds remaining in the first half on a 31 yard run by junior Tyson Russell.
The Golden Eagles led 41-0 at the half.
The clock ran continuously in the second half and Matlick sat for the entire second half. While he sat the half wasn't devoid of action. Logan Snyder snuck into the endzone on a four yard touchdown run in the third period. Logan finished with 70 yards rushing.
Ridgewood finally goto n the board midway through the fourth quarter against the Golden Eagle reserves on an 18 yard run by Ridgewood's Jacob Peterson.
Mercer County finished out the scoring on a 15 yard touchdown run by Zach Nelson with 1:19 remaining in the game.