It took the number one seeded South Ridge Panthers only one play to get on the scoreboard, and after a Merc fumble on their first series, South Ridge scored a second time, quickly taking a 16-0 lead en route to a 49-20 victory over McGregor at a neutral site at Esko, Nov. 1.
The Panthers were unstoppable, increasing the margin to 22-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Mercs scored their first touchdown in the second quarter on an eight-play, 40-yard drive, with Drew Dean plunging into the end zone from the two-yard line.
The Panthers added two more touchdowns in the second period, taking a 36-6 halftime lead.
McGregor’s second touchdown came in the third quarter when Willie Glunz connected with Ethan Bohn for 36 yards, setting up a Glunz 5-yard touchdown. The Mercs final touchdown came after a Glunz to Colton Anderson pass before Bohn scored from seven yards out. Jacob Metzen converted the PAT, but the game was out of reach for the Mercs, who finished with a 5-5 record.McGregor 0 6 6 8 20
South Ridge 22 14 13 0 49
TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS:
Total offense: M-266 yds., SR-473 yds.
Passing: M-84 yds., SR-0 yds.
Rushing: M-182 yds., SR-473 yds.
Mercs’ individual rushing:
Jacob Metzen 8-24 yds.
Drew Dean 11-55 yds.
Dante Benjamin 3-11 yds.
Colton Anderson 3-17 yds
Willie Glunz 4-29 yds.
Passing: Willie Glunz 4-12-84
Bohn 2-72 yds., Anderson 1-6 yds.
Dean 4, Bohn 7, Glunz 4, Metzen 4, Alex Henry 4