Mercer went 8-0 at home in its first season of football since FDR was president.
Safe to say, a repeat will tough.
The Bears are moving to the Southern Conference next season, which, as you know, is filled with stronger football programs than the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship conference, which was home to Mercer in 2013.
Mercer’s 2014 schedule includes the opener against Reinhardt, which also is heading into it second season, before hosting Furman, one of the SoCon’s stronger programs.
The Bears have seven home dates, including games against Ave Maria, Austin Peay, Western Carolina, The Citadel and Warner. Here’s the entire schedule.
“This is an outstanding schedule for our program and our fans,” coach Bobby Lamb said on the athletic program’s website. “Making the move to the Southern Conference is a huge leap, but we look forward to facing the challenge. Our fans and game day atmosphere is one of the best in the country, and we expect them to show up this fall and be the difference.”
Mercer had a surprisingly strong first season, finishing 10-2 behind a stout run defense and QB John Russ (Mill Creek), who was the PFL offensive freshman of the year. He threw for 1,916 yards and 21 TDs and rushed for 903 yards and 12 more scores.
Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are moving to the Sun Belt. Mercer, East Tennessee State and Virginia Military are joining the Southern Conference.
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