The Mercer Bears are set to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers on Saturday in a Southern Conference showdown.
This weekend also marks homecoming for the Mercer Bears who have been on the road a lot recently. For Mercer Head Coach Bobby Lamb, he is ready to be back in front of the Macon crowd.
“The good thing is that two of our next three games are at home,” he said. “That’s big for us with it being homecoming and having all the Mercerians coming back to campus.”
This is the sixth year since the program restarted in the 2013-2014 season. Before that, homecoming was centered around a different sport.
“I think they had it during basketball season, and now it has turned into a big weekend,” Lamb said. “We just happen to be the main event. We want to perform and play the best we can in front of our fans. We want to energize them and motivate them to come back for more games in the future.”
Defensive end Bradley Earnest is excited for a chance to prove Mercer can compete against a ranked opponent in ETSU and get to play in front of the home crowd.
“It’s going to be a blast and the crowd is going to be rocking,” he said. “It’s buzzing on campus and it’ll be an exciting game, especially with a top 25 team coming into town.”
Lamb and company are excited for a chance to play in front of the alumni coming into town for the game.
“We want to make them proud and win on homecoming, so it’s a great challenge,” Lamb said. “I think homecoming will bring a great crowd and with a great opponent coming into town, it should be a great Saturday in Middle Georgia.”