Mercer wins 35-0

October 10, 2004

GOSHEN - Senior Andrew McCloud ran for 267 yards and three touchdowns and Mercer County's defense limited host North Oldham to 174 total yards as the Scotties broke a two-game losing streak with a 35-0 win Friday.

"Our team recovered well after a disappointing loss last week (at Newport)," Mercer coach Duane Hammons said. "Our offensive line gave our quarterback great protection and opened some big holes for our running backs. Our defense really stepped up and we had a very balanced defensive effort with a lot of guys playing extremely well.

"I was very proud of the way we came back and won this game. Now we just have to build off this momentum."

Mercer (4-4, 1-1 Class AA, District 5) got on the scoreboard in the first quarter on McCloud's 68-yard touchdown run. The Scotties expanded the lead to 14-0 at halftime when quarterback Jordan Lyons threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Brandon Scheller and McCloud ran for the conversion.


The Scotties scored twice in the third quarter on a 17-yard pass to Michael Bottoms and McCloud's 47-yard run to make it 28-0. McCloud's 80-yard run in the fourth quarter and Josh Ewing's third straight conversion kick accounted for the final points.

McCloud had 23 carries and averaged 11.5 yards per run. The Scotties finished with 316 yards rushing and Lyons was 6-for-8 passing for 58 yards. Bottoms had four catches for 45 yards.

"McCloud really had a big night running the ball, but fullback Luke Robinson also had a great night blocking as did our offensive line," Hammons said.

North Oldham (3-5, 0-2) had only 73 yards rushing and 101 yards passing.

"This was a much-needed win, and I'm proud of our effort," Hammons said. "We have two more district games to go now and we need to find a way to win both of them."

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