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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 4:54am

Mercer Bears Storm Past Berry Vikings

Mercer University football remains undefeated after they overwhelmed Berry College Saturday night. The Bears battled both the elements and the Berry Vikings to win 43-0 at home.

The stands were at most half full thanks to torrential downpours.

Berry is yet another startup program opponent for Mercer. The school just outside Rome only moved the ball 68 total yards to Mercer’s 513.

Berry did manage to force Mercer’s Rob East to punt the ball six times. He returned it for an impressive average of 43 yards in the slippery conditions.

“I completely did not like it at all. It’s very difficult from the kicking game standpoint. The balls are wet, they’re heavy, especially holds. It’s very, very difficult when it’s wet but it ended up working out. We ended up being successful,” East said.

On the other hand, team captain and linebacker Tosin Aguebor liked the stormy conditions, saying they helped the defense hold Berry.

“I mean, the rain’s defensive weather, so I think it helped us out. I loved it. It got me hyped and ready to go. Got me way energized. Felt good, and it wasn’t as hot,” Aguebor said.

Payton Usher rushed for a career high of 154 yards in what was the Bears’ last tuneup before conference play.

Pioneer League competition begins against Drake University this coming Saturday at home. The experienced team from Iowa has a better chance at ending Mercer's "undefeated for 72 years" status.

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