Berry College at Mercer

Usher leads Mercer to 43-0 victory over Berry


MACON, Ga. (AP) Payton Usher rushed for 154 yards on twelve carries to lead Mercer to a 43-0 nonconference win over Berry Saturday.

Usher, the Patriot Football League's leading rusher, got most of his yards on a 65-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to put the Bears (3-0) ahead 21-0.

Berry (1-2) was stymied by the Mercer defense throughout the game. Mike Gray led the Bear defense with one interception and four tackles. Michael Rainwater had six tackles. The Vikings managed just 24 total yards through three quarters and finished with 68 total yards.

The Vikings tried four different quarterbacks, all to no avail. The Bears sacked the Berry quarterbacks four times, for a total loss of 35 yards.

Mercer accumulated 513 total yards, with 379 coming from the ground attack.

Mercer just reinstated football this year after a 72-year absence.

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Scoring Summary
MERCERRobert Brown 14 yd pass from John Russ (Tyler Zielenske kick)
MERCERJordan Marshall 15 yd pass from John Russ (Tyler Zielenske kick)
MERCERPayton Usher 65 yd run (Tyler Zielenske kick)
MERCERCaleb Brown 3 yd run (missed kick)
MERCERCaleb Brown 1 yd run (Tyler Zielenske kick)
MERCER Team safety
MERCERJabari Scruggs 2 yd run (Tyler Zielenske kick)
Team Stats
First Downs925
Third Down Efficiency4-185-14
Fourth Down Efficiency0-23-3
Plays-Net Yards63-6876-513
Passing Yds58134
Kick Return Yds12532
Punt Return Yds1447
Time of Poss.26:3833:22
Individual Stats
BERRY: Gavin Black 7-19, Dale Jackson 3-8, Trevor Price 5-6, Christopher Lilly 1-6, Kevin Christmas 1-4, Christopher Dorrill 3-2, Will Chomskis 1-1, Jonathan Lewis 3--1, Sandon Mims 2--9, Adam Sandin 6--26
MERCER: Payton Usher 12-154, Caleb Brown 11-59, Jabari Scruggs 9-54, JeTarii Donald 7-31, Eli Grambling 5-25, Michael Haynes 4-19, Josh Jones 0-19, John Russ 4-14, Jake DeLany 2-4
BERRY: Adam Sandin 4-12-25-1, Dale Jackson 3-9-33-0, Sandon Mims 0-9-0-0, Gavin Black 0-1-0-0
MERCER: Michael Haynes 6-12-45-0, John Russ 6-9-89-0, Eli Grambling 0-1-0-0
BERRY: Christopher Lilly 2-12, Jake Jones 1-18, Josh Bullock 1-14, Will Chomskis 1-8, Sean Stassie 1-7, Trevor Price 1--1
MERCER: JT Palmer 2-48, Dalton Ponchillia 2-20, Jordan Marshall 1-15, Robert Brown 1-14, Caleb King 1-9, Payton Usher 1-7, D'Vante Penamon 1-6, Hunter Mackay 1-5, Josh Jones 1-5, Jabari Scruggs 1-5

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