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Mercer, Northeastern rout rival Hertford County in football | w/Video

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, October 7, 2018

AHOSKIE — Running back Tyquan Mercer rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns as the Northeastern football team defeated Hertford County 53-13 Friday night at Hertford County High School.

Northeastern (6-0, 1-0 Northeastern Coastal Conference) held a 33-6 lead at halftime.

“They played extremely hard,” Northeastern coach Antonio Moore said. “They looked like they were having fun.”

Quasi Thomas, Aaron Harris and Mercer scored in the first half.

NHS was without defensive lineman and running back Traveon Freshwater who did not dress for the game, but was on the Northeastern sideline.

According to Moore, Freshwater, a senior, was held out as a precaution.

Moore noted that he expects Freshwater to return when the Eagles host Currituck this Friday.

Freshwater did not play in Northeastern's win against Central Virginia Disciples last week.

Moore added that he expects senior defensive lineman Jorell Baum, who has been out all season with a lower body injury, will return before the end of the regular season.

For the Eagles, the contest against the Bears displayed the team's depth.

“Next man up,” Moore said. “The man that is next has to be ready to play.”

Mercer answered the call running the ball on offense, while the NHS starting defense disrupted the Hertford County offense for the majority of the conference matchup.

The Eagles had a noticeable size advantage on the defensive line against the Bears.

With the contest basically in control in the second half, the Eagles were able to connect in the passing game as Harris threw touchdown passes to Jerron Hinton and Holden Hodge.

Hodge had a team-high 81 receiving yards, while Hinton followed with 61 receiving yards.

Harris, a senior, finished with 142 passing yards and added another 72 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.

Hertford County (1-4, 0-1 NCC) scored a touchdown late in the fourth on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tye Saxby to Anron Bond.

Washington County 39, Perquimans 10: The Pirates (0-7, 0-1 Albemarle Athletic Conference) lost the league game at Washington County Friday night.

The Panthers (2-3, 1-0 AAC) travel to Edenton this Friday to face John A. Holmes.

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