Golden Eagles claim conference title

Robert Blackford
Golden Eagle Caleb King hits Titan Javonte Hollowell in the Mercer County endzone which forces an interception Zach Nelson comes down with.

The Mercer County Golden Eagles defeated Annawan-Wethersfield 27-0 Friday night and claimed the Lincoln Trail Conference title.

Mercer County finished the regular season 9-0 and will host a first round playoff game next weekend.

 It was a back and forth battle for most of the first half with the Golden Eagles winning the field position game.

Late in the second quarter the Golden Eagles were able to get on the board.

On a fourth down and 14 play at the Annawan-Wethersfield 23 yard line Golden Eagle quarterback Tanner Matlick found Payton Holmes in the endzone for the touchdown.

But the Titans weren't finished yet. They got an excellent kickoff return from Micam Smith all the way down to the Golden Eagle 37 yard line.

Titan quarterback Tony Gripp maneuvered the Titans down to the four yard line with pass completions to Kegan Jacobson and Smith.

But on second and goal from the Mercer County four yard line a Gripp pass went through the hands of Javonte Hollowell and Golden Eagle Zach Nelson came down with it in the endzone ending the threat.

On the first play of the second half the Golden Eagles again forced a turnover. Gripp completed a 26 yard pass to Smith who promptly fumbled where it was recovered by Golden Eagle Logan Snyder at the Mercer County 40 yard line.

Mercer County took advantage of the turnover scoring nine plays later on an eight yard run by Matlick. The extra point gave Mercer County a 14-0 lead at the 8:00 mark.

The two teams traded possessions throughout until Mercer County mounted a 10 play drive that ended with a two yard touchdown run by Logan Snyder at the 6:51 mark. Mercer County led 21-0

The Golden Eagles added another touchdown late as Jesse Snyder scored on a two-yard touchdown run at the 3:17 mark.