Golden Eagles Fly Into Semi-Finals

The Mercer County Golden Eagles dominated the physical battle and advanced to the Class 2A semi-finals for the second straight year with a convincing 41-0 victory over the Farmington Famers Saturday at George Pratt Memorial Field.  The Golden Eagle defense shut down the Farmer’s double wing power running attack limiting it to three straight downs and out in their first three possesions.  After being stopped twice in Farmer territory Mercer County finally broke through when Tyson Russell scored on a ten yard run capping a 55 yard drive.  After pinning Farmington inside their ten yard line the Farmers tried a quick kick on third down and tackle Tanner Heath broke through and blocked it and defensive end Dalton Howard picked it up and fell into the end zone for another score.  Once again the Eagle defense stopped Farmington and got the ball back at their own 36 with 1:24 left in the half.  Mercer County quickly moved the ball down the field and Spencer Wood hit A.J. Line in the end zone with :03 left and with the two point conversion the Eagles lead 22-0 at the half.  Farmington was held to one first down and 42 yards of total offense in the first 24 minutes.  Mercer County put any doubt of a Farmington comeback away quickly with a 30-yard touchdown run by Russell and a Curtis VanWinkle one yard run that put Mercer County up 34-0 after three.  Wood hit Line with a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.  Mercer County will now travel to Sterling Saturday to meet Newman Catholic in the semi-finals.  The game is at 1:00 pm and will be played at Sterling High School.