MERCER, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Last season, Mercer fell in the opening round of the District 10 Class A playoffs to Maplewood (19-7). The Mustangs were making their first post-season appearance since 2013.

This past spring, Mercer graduated a large number of seniors who helped guide the team back into a meaningful game in October. This year, the hope is that the youthful group can get the team back to playing significant football at season’s end.

The Mustangs will be without their quarterback Ethan Wiley (500 yards passing), top rusher Jake Badger (450 yards rushing), playmaker Logan Turton (over 500 yards total yards) and a couple of standout linemen including Triston Barr and Colson Minshull.

A year ago, in their three wins, the Mustangs averaged 28.7 points per game. In their six losses, Mercer was able to score just 7.8 points.

Senior running back Nathan Haines scored twice on the ground last season. He opened the year with a strong outing against Kennedy Catholic where he averaged about eight yards per carry.

Mercer’s defense forced 14 turnovers and permitted just 29 points in their three wins in 2021. Defensive back Troy Bachman intercepted a team-leading three passes as a junior.

Mercer is seeking their first winning season since 2013 (9-3). That year, the Mustangs played in the Class A District 10 championship contest.

This year’s campaign will open at Iroquois in week one on August 26.

Mercer Mustangs
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Jeff Lockard, 4th season (10-16)
2021 Record: 3-6 (2-5), 6th place in Region 1
Last 5 Years: 16-29 (35.6%)
Home Field: Mercer Field
League: District 10, Region 1 (1A)

2021 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 14.8 (53rd in Area)
Scoring Defense: 29.0 (42nd in Area)

2021 Results
Maplewood 19 Mustangs 7
Wilmington 41 Mustangs 26
Sharpsville 46 Mustangs 0
Mustangs 20 Lakeview 6
Greenville 28 Mustangs 7
Mustangs 21 Maplewood 7
Reynolds 26 Mustangs 7
Farrell 66 Mustangs 0
Mustangs 45 Kennedy Catholic 16

2021 District 10 Region 1 Standings
Farrell – 6-0 (11-1)
Wilmington – 6-1 (7-3)
Sharpsville – 4-2 (7-3)
Greenville – 4-3 (7-4)
Reynolds – 3-3 (7-5)
Mercer – 2-5 (3-6)
Kennedy Catholic – 1-6 (1-8)
Lakeview – 0-6 (2-7)

2022 Schedule
Aug. 26 – at Iroquois
Sept. 2 – Reynolds
Sept. 9 – Wilmington
Sept. 16 – at Saegertown
Sept. 23 – Cochranton
Sept. 30 – at Maplewood
Oct. 8 – Kennedy Catholic
Oct. 14 – Lakeview
Oct. 21 – at Cambridge Springs
Oct. 28 – at Mercyhurst Prep