CHATTANOOGA—The 6th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs had week. They rolled to a 41-21 win over No. 11 Mercer Saturday night in Finley Stadium. It was a big game, big game atmosphere and the Mocs were up to the task led by junior defensive back Kameron Brown.
The defense turned the Bears over six times. The first was a fumble on the opening kickoff setting up a 3-0 lead. The next was Brown’s pick 6 on Mercer’s second offensive play put the wheels in motion to the runaway triumph.
The win earned FedEx Ground National Team of the Week per Stats Perform as well as Athlon’s National Team award. Brown earned SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors collecting two of the Mocs four interceptions on the day. Mercer’s quarterback Fred Payton entered the game with just one interception thrown all season.
But that was then, and this is now. That’s been this team’s mentality throughout the campaign. It’s needed as No. 24 Furman looms with the road trip to Greenville, S.C.
“Last week is over,” Coach Rusty Wright began. “It was over at whatever time the final horn sounded, and we were done playing. You get until midnight to enjoy and then it’s on to the next one. It’s going to be a touch challenge this weekend.
“It’s their Homecoming. It’s a place we haven’t played particularly well at (over the years). We just have to figure it out with another good week of preparation.”
Coach Wright joins “Voice of the Mocs” Jim Reynolds on Chat with the Mocs tonight at Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux on Broad Street in Chattanooga’s Aquarium District. The show airs from 7-8 p.m., on 96.1 FM/1070 AM in the Scenic City area or access it online here if you can’t make it.
Southern Conference Champion soccer coach Gavin McKinney is their special guest. He led the program to the first league title in program history.
Home tickets can be purchased at the link above or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Single-game sales start at $15. Away tickets are available on the football schedule page on GoMocs.com under that game week.
3 NOTES TO KNOW
- Chattanooga is now No. 6 in AFCA Coaches Poll and 7th in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25.
- 4-0 start for the Mocs for the first time since the same record in 2016. Last time 5-0? 2015. It’s happened twice before in the program’s 45 complete seasons in the SoCon: 2014 (7-0), 2015 (5-0).
Furman Week is off to a good start for the Mocs. The men’s golf team ran away with a 14-stroke victory Sunday in the Furman Intercollegiate, while the soccer team claimed a share of its first SoCon title with a 1-1 draw against the Paladins. There is a chance Furman is back on the soccer schedule on Friday in Chattanooga in the tournament quarterfinals depending on its result at Wofford Tuesday. The Mocs are the tournament’s top seed.