Mercer University football was back on the road Saturday afternoon against Davidson College. The Bears had no problems declawing the Wildcats, defeating them 51-26 to get their second straight road win.
The Bears are now 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in Pioneer League play. Preseason polls expected Mercer to finish eleventh in the conference, but with three games to go, they’re a half game out of the lead.
Mercer sophomore Thomas Norton hasn’t missed a home game and credits head coach Bobby Lamb with the Bears’ success.
“I think a lot of it has to do with Bobby Lamb,” Norton said. “I think there’s a lot of talent on the team but I feel like he was able to just get it all together and make a very disciplined team, because every game I’ve been to they’ve not had that many penalties, which is really impressive for a first year team.”
Given that success, enthusiasm for this game seemed high. Mercer fans were about 300 strong in North Carolina, filling two sections of the Davidson stands. Norton didn’t make the trip but followed the game online.
“I feel like there are a lot of people who keep up with it, or they wouldn’t keep tweeting it,” he said. “I feel like there must be a bunch of people keeping up with it, encouraging them. Also when you’ve only lost one game, why wouldn’t you want to keep up with it?”
Mercer has another chance to impress at home this Saturday when they take on conference rival Jacksonville University at 3 p.m.
Corrections: An earlier version of this story referred to Davidson College as "Davidson University."