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Citadel Rally Not Enough Against Mercer

By Manning Snyder
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Manning Snyder recaps The Citadel's 42-28 loss at Mercer.

The Citadel (0-5, 0-1) drops their first SoCon game of the season against Mercer (1-4, 1-1) with the final score, 42-28.

The Bulldogs struggled out of the gate going 0-for-5 (four punts and a fumble) on their first five drives. They trailed 28-0 at the half. However, the second half saw a little more production out of The Citadel. The Bulldogs dominated the 3rd quarter, outscoring Mercer 13-0 in the frame.

Down 35-20, The Citadel fumbled the ball with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing the victory for the Bears.

The Citadel struggled on both offensively and defensively in the first half. Quarterback Jaylan Adams wasn’t able to establish a rhythm and the Bulldog defense couldn’t keep the Bears out of the end zone.

The impressive second half run by the Bulldogs–20 unanswered points–wasn’t enough with an enormous deficit to erase. The top offensive performer for The Citadel was A-back Cooper Wallace. The Florence, South Carolina, native had 125 yards for the game, including a long 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Defensively, junior linebacker Brian Horn led the way with nine tackles (three solo) and a sack.

The Citadel returns to Johnson Hagood Stadium to face Chattanooga next Saturday at 1pm.

Manning Snyder - A Charleston, South Carolina-native, Manning Snyder covers The Citadel and Southern Conference football.