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Little Mercy for Mercer

Memphis Tigers win season opener against the Mercer Bears 66-14 and are geared up more than ever for the rest of the season. Tiger fans have been fired up all week, roaring with excitement about the opening game.

The new look Tigers were definitely ready to get this season started. Friday was the first time the Tigers laid eyes on their new locker room. In the words of TJ Carter, “it’s lit”.

New quarterback, Brady White ended his opening game debut with 358 passing yards including five touchdowns. Post game interview White was asked to give insight on tonights victory and he replied, “I wasn’t nervous but I had some butterflies and excitement about the season starting, the aLiberty Bowl is a great venue and we have great supportive fans.”

The Tigers lead 21-0 after one quarter. The offense and defense dominated early. Patrick Taylor, Demonte Coxie, Daryl Henderson all scored touchdowns in the first fifteen minutes. Let’s not forget TJ Carter’s closing out the first quarter with a 35 yard pic six.

Norvell and the Tigers increase their lead to 35-0 in the second quarter thanks to Patrick Taylors75 yard touchdown, Darrell Henderson’s 62 yard wheel route touchdown. Then Kedarian Jones closed out the 1st half with a 3 yard touchdown reception from Brady White ending this first half with Memphis up 55-0.

At the end of the first half the Tigers lead Mercer with 500+ yards in offense, while Mercer struggled to gain 50 yards in offense.

If things continued at this pace the Tigers would put 100 points on the scoreboard. Damonte Coxie admitted that they had no intentions on letting up, but it was good for the reserves to get some reps.

At the end of the third quarter, offensive line backer, Thomas Pickens made his first career interception. Mercer didn’t find the end zone until the fourth quarter wehen Robert Riddle passed for two touchdowns to Tony Jones and Marquise Irvin. Mercer’s Head Coach Bobby Lamb stated that “the the team will be taking tomorrow off to digest this game and break down every facet of it. ”

Next week, the Tigers are on the road at Navy and then return home the following weekend to appoint Georgia State September, 14th.

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