Meadville Tribune

Sports

October 4, 2013

H.S. FOOTBALL: Eagles top Mustangs for second straight win

MERCER — A notice has been served in Region 1: Conneaut is beginning to mesh.

Getting another spectacular performance from their workhorse quarterback/running back Hunter Merritt, the Eagles notched their first league win Friday night with a 21-14 upset victory over Mercer.

It was Conneaut’s (3-3, 1-3 Region 1) second straight impressive “W” as the Eagles knocked off Region 6 power General McLane, 41-40 last week.

Mercer dropped to 3-2 in the league.

Conneaut coach Pat Gould is beginning to crack that smile more and more.

“Yeah, we’re coming around,” he said. “We ran the ball extremely well against Mercer ... in which I thought we could. We should have scored more points, but we hurt ourselves in the red zone.”

Gould has another reason to feel giddy. A player by the name of Merritt.

Basically putting the Eagles on his back, Merritt was too much for Mercer as the sophomore sensation rushed for 252 yards on 35 carries and scored all three of CASH’s touchdowns.

“Hunter ran hard,” said Gould, who had a surprised reaction when told of Merritt’s 252 yards.

Gould’s game plan was also to get Merritt’s backfield partner Elijah Anderson into the flow. The powerful Anderton also played a key part with 99 yards rushing on 22 hauls.

After a scoreless first quarter, Conneaut put up 14 points within one minute at the beginning of the second period.

Keyed by a 19-yard completion from Merritt to split end Taylor Williams on fourth-and-15, the Eagles marched 79 yards on 10 plays as Merritt finished off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run.

After CASH’s Clay Bortner recovered a Mercer fumble, Merritt burst through the middle on the first play from scrimmage and scored on a 35-yard run to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 9:00 left in the first half.

Behind quarterback Logan Clarke’s strong right arm, the Mustangs answered on their ensuing possession as halfback Luke Leonard dove into the end zone from the 1.

On the 75-yard, 10-play drive, Clarke completed five of seven passes for 68 yards.

After four unsuccessful series in the second half, Conneaut found its first-half rhythm again at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Merritt broke off 12- and 9-yard runs before crossing the goal line on an 18-yard run to give the Eagles a 21-7 lead.

Mercer also struggled at the outset of the second half. During one stretch, Clarke threw 13 consecutive incompletions.

“We were showing him different looks and I think we confused him,” said Gould.

Clarke shook off his early second-half inaccuracy.

On the ensuing possession after CASH scored, the Mustangs got within 21-14 as Clarke hooked up with T.J. Peters on an eight-yard scoring play.

Conneaut then successfully milked time off the clock — chewing up eight minutes as the Eagles marched to Mercer’s 12.

On fourth-and-eight with 1:40 left in the game, Merritt threw an incompletion — giving Mercer one last shot.

Completing screens and short crossing patterns, Mercer drove the ball to Conneaut’s 21 with 43 seconds left in the game.

Williams, a linebacker on the Eagles’ ‘D’, then spoiled the Mustangs’ comeback bid as he drilled Clarke in the back and forced a fumble.

Recovery Eagles.

Game over.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

  • Spezza lifts Senators to SO win over Penguins

    Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night and finish the season on a five-game winning streak.
    The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods and didn’t score in the third or overtime.

    April 14, 2014

  • Brewers sweep Pirates, win ninth straight

    Kyle Lohse was eager to top his Milwaukee teammates.
    He sure came close.
    Lohse came within an out of a complete game, and the Brewers won their ninth straight with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

    April 13, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks