Golden Eagles Stopped In Semi-Finals

The Mercer County Golden Eagles play-off run ended Saturday afternoon in Sterling as the Newman Central Catholic Comets played keep away en route to a 14-0 victory.  Mercer County’s worst fears were realized as the Comets were able to control the clock and field position with their wishbone ground attack.  After a scoreless first quarter, Newman Catholic took advantage of a short field driving 47-yards for a score on Jake Snow’s five yard run and with the conversion, lead 8-0 with 8:12 left in the half.  Mercer County threatened later in the quarter but Spencer Wood’s pass was intercepted at the 11-yard line with 1:43 left.  Newman added an insurance score with 10:22 left in the game when they drove 52-yards capping it off with a Dillan Heffelfinger one yard run.  The conversion failed and the Comets lead 14-0.  A 52-yard run by Chris Neeld but the Eagles into Newman territory but the Comets held and Mercer County’s drive stalled on the 21-yard line.  Newman ran for 298 yards on the Eagle defense with 20 first downs.  Mercer County garnered just 6 first downs and 118 yards of total offense on the cold and blustery day.  Mercer County ends the season with a 11-2 record while Newman Catholic will face Staunton in the Class 2A championship game Friday at DeKalb.