Peach State Sports Blog

Mercer football team entering final week of season

There was a lot for Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb to like in his team’s 56-0 win over Warner on Saturday.

Now he’d like to see the Bears keep that momentum going into their season finale this week at Wofford. Mercer is 6-5 overall and 1-5 entering the final game of its first season in the Southern Conference.

“It’s been a good season. We want to finish it off in the right way,” Lamb said. “If you win your last two games, you get some momentum into recruiting; you get some momentum into next year. The thing that’s different from our program to the other programs in the Southern Conference is we’ve got everybody back. We don’t have anybody graduating who is a starter, so we’ll have everybody back in the program, and then we’ll add another recruiting class, plus we have seven guys who we redshirted who will be ready to go next year.

“We still have some holes to fill, but I’m happy with where the program is right now.”

The Bears’ five conference losses have come by a total of 31 points, and only one -- a 35-21 decision to Western Carolina -- has come by double digits. The other four were single-possession games in the closing minutes the Bears had a real chance to win.

“We’ve had opportunities to win a couple of more games,” Lamb said. “I wish we had at least one more win going into this game. But to get to seven somehow this week would be a huge feather in our cap.”

The Bears added a couple of feathers to their cap against Warner.

Redshirt freshman running back Alex Lakes surpassed 1,000 yards for the season, and the defense recorded its second shutout of the season.

“We got Alex over 1,000 yards, and that was big,” Lamb said after Saturday’s game. “In this day and time in college football, when you shut someone out, it’s huge, especially in a blowout, because in the fourth quarter, we had all our (third-string players) in.

More times than not, in a fourth quarter like that, you give up a score here or there, and they were able to hold on and get the shutout for the whole team.”