Peach State Sports Blog

Off week pays off for Mercer football team

The Mercer football team was worn down a bit after its most recent game against The Citadel.

But that was two weeks ago.

And head coach Bobby Lamb is counting on his team’s off week and the extra time away from the field to help the Bears finish the season strong. Mercer has two games remaining, starting with Warner on Saturday in a non-conference game before finishing up the Southern Conference schedule next week at Wofford.

“At a certain point in time, the players just want to get away from the coaches, and the coaches just want to get away from the players, just to be blunt about it,” Lamb said. “I think it was good for us to get away and come back and finish this season off.

“We started practicing July 31, and the next thing you know, your first break you’ve got is in November. That’s a long time.”

The Bears enter their final two games with a 5-5 record, and they are 1-5 in their first Southern Conference season. Mercer is 3-3 at home after going 8-0 at Mercer University Stadium last year. One of those wins last season was a 61-0 score over Warner.

The Royals finished 1-10 last year, but they are 5-4 this season.

“It was tough; for most teams, the bye week comes in the middle of the year, so it was definitely nice to get a weekend off to just relax and get your body healed up,” sophomore defensive back Mike Gray said. “It was good to get the time off to get people back and ready to go. It’s going to be huge to go out and try to get two wins to finish out the year and go 7-5, which sounds a lot better than 5-7.

“Two wins to build off the end of the year, that would be huge for us. Right now, we’re focused on one but two would be big for our team and program.”