Football Caps Preseason Camp with Black and White Scrimmage

Football Caps Preseason Camp with Black and White Scrimmage

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MACON, Ga. – The Mercer University football team capped its 16-day preseason fall camp Friday evening with a black and white scrimmage as the Bears inch closer to the program's first game in 72 years.


The offense got rolling in the first quarter when Caleb Brown scrambled away from a pair of tackles and scored the first touchdown of the game. The quarterbacks took over from there, as John Russ and Josh Moore each recorded rushing scores of their own before the intermission.


"I was really impressed with John Russ again," said head coach Bobby Lamb. "He continues to get the ball to our feature players and make plays. I really thought our first team defense came out and played well early and then our first team offense got the best of them."


Lendell Arnold got in on the mix defensively in the second half, coming up with an interception on fourth down and adding nearly 30 yards to the return before getting pulled down just past midfield.


"It's really great to see how well we are developing as an offensive unit every time we step on the field," said sophomore wide receiver JT Palmer. "I liked the way we moved the ball through the air."


The Bears ran just over 80 plays in total before Lamb singled to the referees the end of the scrimmage to officially put a lid on the first preseason football camp at Mercer in over 70 years.


The Bears will continue practice over the next two weeks, before taking the field Saturday, Aug. 31 for a 6 p.m. kickoff against Reinhardt University at Mercer University Stadium.