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Mercer drops final game of the season in 35-31 heartbreaker

MACON, Ga -- Expectations were high for the Mercer Bears football team coming into the 2018 season.

Multiple injuries to the offense, including starting quarterback Robert Riddle, backup Kaelin Riley, and starting running back Tee Mitchell caused the season to go a different route than many had hoped.

In its final game, the Mercer Bears looked to go 5-3 in Southern Conference play for the first time in school history in a matchup against Furman.

It wasn't meant to be as the Bears would lose a heart-breaker to the Paladins 35-31.

Running back Tyray Devezin had a big game on the ground with 185 yards on 30 carries. Third-string quarterback Harrison Frost struggled through the air for most of the game but was able to find David Durden for an early touchdown throw.

Head coach Bobby Lamb would put Kaelin Riley in to replace Frost late in the third quarter and Riley would lead two consecutive touchdown drives to give the Bears the lead.

A late touchdown by Furman's Jake Walker would seal the win for the Paladins as time ran out for Mercer on its final drive.

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