Donald’s 202 yards lead Mercer’s offensive outburst

JeTarii Donald rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass, to lead visiting Mercer past Davidson 51-26 on Saturday.

Donald, starting for leading rusher Payton Usher (Northgate), who has a concussion, averaged 8.4 yards a carry and scored on runs of  57 and 4 runs for the Bears (8-1, 4-1 Pioneer Football League).

John Russ (Mill Creek) rushed for 123 yards and two scores, and added 136 yards passing.

Russ’ 30-yard scoring run gave the Bears a 30-14 lead with 6 minutes left in the third quarter.

Donald’s 51-yard catch from Russ pushed Mercer’s advantage to 44-20 with 10:56 remaining in the game.

Mercer’s Corey Lockett (Northside-Warner Robins) had a sack and three tackles for loss.

Davidson is 0-9, 0-6.

Furman 16, Georgia Southern 14

Ray Early’s 18-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter provided the winning margin to lift Furman to a 16-14 victory over host Georgia Southern on Saturday.

The Eagles (4-4, 2-4 Southern Conference) lost two fumbles and Kevin Ellison (Habersham Central) threw an interception.

Georgia Southern, which has lost three of its past four games, entered averaging 36.4 points, but scored just 14 for the second consecutive week.

Irving Huggins rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Nardo Govan (Savannah Christian) added 64 yards and the other score for the Eagles.

Hank McCloud led Furman (4-5, 3-2) with 102 yards rushing.

S.C. State 45, Savannah State 9

Richard Cue threw four touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores to send the host Tigers (1-9, 0-6 MEAC) to their seventh consecutive loss.

Cue was 15-of-25 for 163 yards and rushed 17 times for 128 yards as South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1), which has won six of the its past seven games, accumulated 438 yards.

Savannah State was held to minus-12 yards rushing and 97 total yards.

Marquis Smith scored on 36-yard fumble return to give Savannah State a 6-0 lead with 11:11 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers led 9-7 early in the second quarter before the Bulldogs scored the game’s final 38 points.

Delta State 63, Valdosta State 55

Tyler Sullivan threw for 520 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for two more, as the host Statesmen handed the Blazers (5-3, 3-3 Gulf South Conference) their third loss in four games.

Valdosta State, the defending Division II champion, probably won’t make the playoffs.

The Blazers’ Seantavious Jones (Tucker) set a GSC record with six touchdown catches, all from Kaleb Nobles (Fitzgerald), who was 31-of-51 for 351 yards.

Jones finished with nine catches for 143 yards and Willie Downs had nine receptions for 109 yards.

The Blazers have allowed 120 points in their past two games and are giving up an average of 49.7 in their past four.

Sullivan threw for 520 yards and rushed for 63 yards.

Shorter 58, Clark Atlanta 14

Eric Dodson (Thomas County Central) rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two as the visiting Hawks won for the first time this season.

Shorter (1-8) set a school record with 58 points, breaking the previous mark of 56, set in 2009. It also was coach Phil Jones’ 50th victory at with the Hawks.

Dodson rushed for 111 yards and was 4-of-6 for 111 yards and touchdown passes of 84 and 10 yards to Darius Turner. Shorter had 487 yards of offense.

Montavious Taylor (Carver-Atlanta) led Clark (2-6) with 100 yards and caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Trenton Earl (Stockbridge).

Fort Valley State 49, Morehouse 16

Malcolm Eady threw three touchdown passes to De’Angelo Smith for the host Wildcats.

Eady (Swainsboro), a freshman, threw scoring passes of 58, 20 and 18 yards as Fort Valley State (4-5, 3-2 SIAC) won its second consecutive game.

Eady also rushed for 89 yards, Smith (Camden County) finished with seven catches for 140 yards and Ja’Bioas Glenn (Dooly County) returned an interception 80 yards for a score.

Jordan Tarver (Stephenson) threw for 287 and a touchdown, and ran for a score, but also was intercepted four times for Morehouse (2-7, 1-3), which has lost five straight games.

Thursday’s score

West Georgia 28, Florida Tech 14

Saturday’s scores

Furman 16 Georgia Southern 14

Mercer 51, Davidson 26

Albany State 31, Benedict 6

Millsaps 38, Berry 3

S.C. State 45, Savannah State 9

Georgia Military 52, Concordia 10

Delta State 63, Valdosta State 55

Shorter 58, Clark Atlanta 14

Fort Valley State 46, Morehouse 19

Christopher Newport 13, LaGrange 10

5 comments Add your comment

I went to Davidson 40 yrs ago...

November 4th, 2013
12:45 pm

…and played football there. We lost by those scores almost weekly back then, too, only we were losing to Appalachian State, East Carolina, Furman, Wm. & Mary, Air Force, Wake Forest, Lehigh, Richmond, Wofford, etc. Now, most of those schools play either D1 FBS games or are high echelon FCS schools, while Davidson plays D2 and D3 teams, and still plays them very badly (see their current record).

Unfortunately, the players at Davidson take the word “athlete” out of the term “student athletes”, but they do go on to be titans of industry, doctors, lawyers, Chiefs of Presidential Staffs (See Tony Snow for George Bush), Mayors of Charlotte, etc.. – that is everyone but me… I still suck at everything athletically and employment wise – talk about being COMPLETELY out of your league…


November 3rd, 2013
9:17 pm

Coach Lamb at Mercer has it rolling! The Bears are the FB story of the year (for good) in Georgia. Looks like they will tear up the SoCon.

Mercer fan

November 3rd, 2013
9:22 am

Another great win Bears…Love it. Thanks Andy for report.
Great job Coach Lamb…Donald and Russ.


November 3rd, 2013
9:01 am

What an unbelievable year it has been for Mercer where true student athletes are excelling. The way the Bears are scoring, Toby the Bear mascot should be in line for the push-up champion of the year.

Double Standard

November 3rd, 2013
2:02 am

Thanks for the HBCU , D2 , and FCS updates. There is a real market for this but you can not let the FBS football mill schools be the standard by which you are measured..