Mercer beats Gardner-Webb in first round of FCS playoffs

A football player wearing orange runs the ball
Mercer Bears wide receiver Devron Harper runs the ball in the Nov. 25 playoff game against Gardner-Webb at Five Star Stadium in Macon. The Bears won 17-7. Photo by Christopher Ian Smith

The Mercer Bears football team garnered a 17-7 win over Gardner-Webb in the opening round of the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs on Nov. 25 at Five Star Stadium in Macon.

It was the fifth-straight win for the Bears, who will now head to Brookings, South Dakota, on Dec. 2 to go toe-to-toe with defending national champion South Dakota State.

Read a quarter-by-quarter recap of the game at


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