History was made Saturday night as two Georgia universities took to the gridiron against each other with brand new football programs.
Mercer in Macon got its first taste of football victory in 72 years, with the Bears winning 40-37 at home. Reinhardt took the loss in what was the North Georgia school’s first intercollegiate game ever.
The Bears and Eagles went back and forth, with the lead changing eight times thanks to ten touchdowns. Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb was impressed by both teams.
“You gotta give credit to Reinhardt, they did a great job of hanging in there. And our kids just kept bouncing back, bouncing back, and to win that game like we did, making a play there at the end was big for us,” Lamb said.
That big play was a 31-yard field goal made with three seconds left in a tie game. Josh Shutter, a soccer player converted to placekicker, won it for Mercer.
“Just like practice, my teammates put me in a great position, didn’t have to make me kick too hard. Just couldn’t let my boys down,” Shutter said.
Mercer University Stadium was packed with a standing room only crowd of 12,000 fans of both squads.
Reinhardt takes on Lindsey Wilson this weekend, while Mercer returns next week against Warner.