FOOTBALL

Mercer County football team building continuity for second half of season

Mike Trueblood
For the Aledo Times Record

Aledo - Near the halfway point of the football season, the Mercer County Golden Eagles are happy with the progress they've made toward postseason opportunities.

Mercer County faces a four-game finish to the season against playoff teams from a year ago.

"I think were continuing to progress every week," said Eagles coach Andrew Hofer. "We have a little more experience back than recent years and see that playing out so far but we've still got work to do."

With eight regulars back from 2021 on offense and defense, Mercer County is out to continue a streak of 12 straight playoff appearances.

The Eagles opened the season by beating Farmington 24-8, fell to Knoxville 32-22, blanked United 28-0 and dominated Abingdon-Avon 59-7.

In that Sept. 16 game, Colby Cox ran for over 350 yards to power the Eagles.

"Defensively we've played a bend but not break style and kept people out of the end zone," said Hofer.

"To make a deep run in the playoffs, you've got to play good defense."

Among LTC teams after four games, the Eagles had allowed just 47 points, the fewest in the league and boosted by victory over Abingdon/Avon, have scored 133 points.

"Offensively, we've had to do a little bit of shuffling on the line and we'll continue to get better. We've got some big-time potential."

The Eagles are scheduled to play home games with Princeville Sept. 30, Prairie Central Oct. 7 and Stark County on Oct. 24 before finishing the regular season at Kewanee/Wethersfield.

"We've had much better continuity," said Hofer of the season thus far.

"We're getting close to figuring out the pieces of the puzzle."