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Cambridge Springs knocks off Mercer

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| November 6, 2022

Meadville: For the second time in two weeks, Cambridge Springs defeated Mercer.

Tonight it was in the opening round of the District X Class A playoffs, 21-14.

“Many people thought it was a fluke when we beat them the first time,” said Cambridge Springs head coach Nate Liberty. “I’m so proud of this team. To beat a Mercer County twice in one season is no joke.”

The Blue Devils had beaten the Mustangs 32-22 on October 21st. 

Cambridge Springs scored on their first two possessions to build a 14-0 halftime lead.

Van Jones returned a punt to the Mustang’s 34-yard line, where Brett Kania would cap the drive with a 6-yard run.

The Blue Devils then drove 91 yards on their second possession as Jones ran in a 7-yard touchdown.

Brett Kania would score his second touchdown of the night midway through the third quarter scoring on a 14-yard run. 

“To start the way we did was huge,” Liberty said. “The last we played with them, we were down 14-0, so to be able to go up 21-0 this time around was enormous.” 

Kania led all rushers with 97 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns.

Mercer found the end zone before the end of the third quarter when Daemyin Mattocks scored a 4-yard run.

The Mustangs made things interesting when Mattocks scored his second touchdown on an 18-yard run with 3:23 to play.

“We’ve never given up on these guys, even in the couple of blowout games we’ve had,” said Mercer head coach Jeff Lockard. “We’ve never given up, and you saw that again tonight. That is a testament to our guys.”

However, Cambridge Springs recovered the onside kick, and Mercer never saw the ball again.

Daemyin Mattocks rushed for 64 yards on 11 carries, while Nate Haines led the Mustangs with 111 yards on 19 attempts. 


Mercer concludes their season at 6-5.

“We made great strides this season,” Lockhead concluded. “We’re trying to improve and get ourselves to play a four-quarter game. We have improved all season long. I couldn’t be prouder of this group.” 

Cambridge Springs advances to play Eisenhower, who beat them 27-14 on September 2nd. 

Game Highlights:


Cambridge Springs 21 Mercer 14

Score by Quarters 

Mercer – 0 0 6 8 – 14

Cambridge Springs – 7 7 7 0 – 21

Scoring Summary 

First Quarter 

CS – Brett Kania 6 yd run, (Bryce Kania pat), 7:06

Second Quarter

CS – Van Jones 7 yd run. (Kania pat), 5:00

Third Quarter

CS – Kania 14 yd run, (Bryce Kania pat), 6:42

M – Daemyin Mattocks 4 yd run, (kick failed), 1:29

Fourth Quarter

M – Mattocks 18 yd run, (Mattocks rush), 3:23

Individual Stats

Rushing: M – Daemyin Mattocks 11-64, Nate Haines 19-111, Nic Michael 9-37, Donovan Palmer 2-17, Carter Addison 6-25, Team 2-(-9). Totals: 49-245. CS – Kania 14-97, Jones 11-37, Josh Gorton 5-36, Morgan Applebee 8-3, Counasse 3-(-3). Totals: 41-170

Receiving: M – Mattocks 1-10, Michael 1-17. CS – Jones 1-12, Ethan Counasse 2-27, Bryce Kania 2-13, Jones 1-17

Passing: M – Haines 2-for-7, 27 yards. CS – Applebee 5-for-6, 57 yards. 

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