Originally Posted Online: Nov. 23, 2012, 3:47 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 24, 2012, 12:30 am

VIDEO: Mercer County wins Class 2A football state title

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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com

Photo: Paul Colletti
Brandon Schroeder celebrates after he and the Mercer County Golden Eagles won the IHSA Class 2A state championship in Champaign on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. The Golden Eagles defeated the Belleville Althoff Crusaders 14-7.

CHAMPAIGN -- The Mercer County football team capitalized on turnovers and fortunate bounces to win the Class 2A state championship on Friday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles forced six turnovers in a 14-7 win over Belleville Althoff at Memorial Stadium. The final one -- a fumble recovery -- sealed Mercer County's first state title in the four-year history of the program.

The game-winning score came on Devin Morford's 95-yard fumble return with 8 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter. After that, Mercer County (14-0) stymied every Althoff (10-4) drive in the final 20 minutes.

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Mercer County trailed 7-0 late in the first half, but tied the score on Jesse Snyder's 2-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left in the second quarter.

Prior to Mercer County being formed by Aledo and Westmer's consolidation in 2009, Aledo won three state titles. The Green Dragons were Class 2A champions in 1998, 2001 and 2002.

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